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I was an invited guest last week at an Accelerent networking event.  Scott has attended them in the past and always enjoyed the speakers so I figured I’d give it a try.  7 a.m. is a bit early for my networking skills to kick in, but after a strong cup of coffee, I made do.

The keynote speaker was Bill Curry, two-time Super Bowl Champion, National Coach of the Year at Alabama and the first head coach ever at Georgia State.  He also had a stint as an ESPN commentator.

Sprinkled throughout his talk about discipline, perseverance and success were some funny stories and football analogies that made his on-field experiences applicable to those business people in the audience.

On perseverance: Never succumb to the "Fellowship of the Miserable ." There will always be people in our lives that will tell us we can’t do something, that life’s hard, why bother it won’t work anyway.  Bill says acknowledge they exist and do what you can to avoid them.  We must make our own decisions.

On compassion: Unexpected, undeserved, unrewarded acts of kindness change lives. He told the story of Willie Davis, whom Bill played with on the famed Green Bay Packers.  Bill was not the biggest, fastest or best player on the team, he just wanted to play.  Willie recognized Bill’s passion for the game and made sure he told him that his commitment and enthusiasm would carry him through.  Bill says the words were unexpected, he didn’t feel he deserved Willie’s support and although he knew Willie expected nothing in return,  Bill does everything he can now to pay that forward.

He left us with a few other thoughts:

  • Embrace the Miracle of the Huddle – when the team comes together and is working for the common good, we can’t help but be successful.
  • Sometimes doing the right thing comes with a cost. Always do the right thing.
  • There are two pains in life – the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. The first is temporary. The other lasts forever. You alone decide which to endure.
  • Find your magnanimitas – your greatness of spirit – and give it to causes greater than yourself, whether in life or in business.
Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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