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competitorI had the opportunity recently to attend a statewide meeting of Arizona high school football coaches.  They got to hear first-hand about new rule changes, how old rules would be enforced and more importantly – the significance of “character-based coaching” and teamwork.

Bruce E. Brown, director of Proactive Coaching, provided some tremendous insight that applies to athletics -- and to the business world.

We know sports are competitive.  We should never forget that business is competitive, too.   Brown states that being a competitor is a choice; it is a decision, and it becomes a lifestyle.

In his booklet, Compete, he provides in-depth analysis on each of these traits of a competitor.

A Competitor:

  • Is passionate
  • Has a strong will
  • Lives in and loves the moment
  • Is mentally tough
  • Controls the controllables
  • Is disciplined, self-controlled and poised
  • Has courage
  • Is fearless
  • Has confidence based on preparation
  • Is unselfish
  • Competes ethically
  • Is committed
  • Never gives up – they are relentless

Of course, this reminds me of being on a football field or a wrestling mat, but it also sounds a lot like being in and around those who help make a PR agency successful.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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