Tim Tebow's Work Ethic and Attitude
Now that the Denver Broncos are out of the NFL playoffs, I wonder if the media focus on quarterback Tim Tebow will slow down a little. I suspect it will. But I hope it will be back in full force next year because I like the guy - even though I'm a loyal Cowboys fan. I don't mind that he is getting a lot of good press for his relatively short time on the field because, if you look closely, his actions send a good message to the rest of us about the value of a good work ethic and a good attitude. And since this newsletter is all about doing things well and making them fun, I think we can learn from him.
In my new book (Do it Well. Make it Fun.
) due in May, there is a chapter called "You're Pretty Good at That" and it focuses on our need to develop the skills we require to do things well. For most of my life, I have been good at a lot of things but never extraordinary at any one thing (good looks aside). I do things well but I've never won a gold medal or a Pulitzer Prize. Most likely it's because I haven't focused on developing any one skill, at the expense of everything else, but prefer to do a number of things well. People like Tim Tebow, however, approach things differently. He works extraordinarly hard on his football skills. His passing skills still need some work but overall, he's singly focuesed.
In the book Talent is Overrated
, Geoff Colvin talks about the work ethic of Jerry Rice, the famed wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers who many think may have been the greatest football player ever. Colvin writes, "Everyone in the football world seems to agree that Rice was the greatest because he worked harder in practice and in the off-season than anyone else.”
The key to Rice's success, however, was not just work but the right kind
of work. He focused on the things he needed to be a great wide receiver - not just a great football player. For instance, he ran uphill sprints because he understood that this allowed him to develop bursts of speed to outrun defenders. He ran trails because he realized that this strengthened his ankles and legs for quick lateral movements. Jerry Rice didn't just work hard, he worked hard on specific things to become better than anybody else. Tim Tebow shares that same work ethic.
Probably my favorite Tebow attribute is his attitude. Whether after a win or after a crushing defeat, the spark of optimism is still apparent in the way he talks about the game, his role, and his teammates' contributions. He doesn't complain. He doesn't blame. He doesn't make excuses. He looks forward to another chance to play and to help his team win.
This kind of attitude is unusal in today's me-focused world. Most of us won't take responsibility for either our good attitude or
our poor attitude. As a result, we leak negativity on everyone around us. In fact, we could use some verbal Depends. Tebow's attitude, however, is contagious and is most likely why he has infected so many with the excitement of his outstanding play - which I remind you has been very short-lived.
The philosophy of "do it well, make it fun" centers around the combination of excellence and fun. You can use any words you want to describe this interplay but essentially its not just about results but also about process. As you look at your own work and personal life, are you displaying the same work ethic and attitude as Jerry Rice and Tim Tebow? If not, study how Tebow does it and see if you can't get a little bit of that spark for yourself.
Resources - Speaking of Work Ethic
My good friend and colleague Eric Chester has just released a fantastic book on recapturing the work ethic in America. He shows you that your best effort is to focus on young employees - those whose habits and ideals can still be influenced. He presents an incisive look at the root of the entitlement mentality that afflicts many in the emerging workforce and shows readers the specific actions they can take to give their employees a deep commitment to performing excellent work.
Check out this video trailer for the book: Reviving Work Ethic Video
. And simply click on this link to purchase a copy of the book today: Buy Reviving Work Ethic
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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By the way, my new book will be released in May 2012. Stay tuned for more information.
Just Plain Funny
I had the privilege to sit in the audience as my friend Jeanne Robertson delivered a phenomenal performance in Vienna, VA a few weeks ago. Jeanne is a former Miss North Carolina and can be heard on YouTube, Sirius/XM Radio, and iTunes. One of her funniest stories is when she sent her husband to grocery store. Click on the link below to see this hilarious story.
"Don't Send A Man to the Grocery Store"