Saturday, February 6, 2010

It's About "We"

"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide." - Mickey Mantle, NY Yankees.

I am a firm believer that we are only as good as the people around us.

Whether it's in life or in sports or in the business world, one is dependent on the concept of "we" not "I." 

I think this Mickey Mantle quote sort of leads us down that road. It leads us to a place where we can contribute to success, not hide among excuses for failure. 

As much as one remembers Mantle for being at the core of the Yankees success in the 1950s and early 1960s, there were many, many, many names that helped him bring the glory and World Series trophies to the Bronx. After all is winning is a team effort. In the 2010 world we live in today, there is too much emphasis placed on individuals and individuality.  If everyone cared about the group or groups succeeding, I think we'd see more success.

Make sure you players understand that individual stats are important, but the success of the team is of the Utmost importance.

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