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“The Two Most Important Days of Your Life” A Lesson in Purpose

Written by Don Yaeger on . Posted in The Greatness Newsletter

Do Unto Others
They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.

Tonight, I’m doing something that I’ve never done before. At 7 p.m., I’ll be delivering a commencement address to a group of young college graduates who are headed out into the world.

I’ve been preparing for several weeks to give this speech and the top challenge has been figuring out what to say in twenty minutes that will have a lasting impact. While considering this, I don’t think the impact could be any Greater than what was shared in my latest book collaboration, “The Two Most Important Days of Your Life”.

How Principled Leadership Won John Wooden Ten National Championships

Written by Don Yaeger on . Posted in The Greatness Newsletter

John Wooden
What Off-Season?
They are always working toward the next game. The goal is what’s ahead—and there’s always something ahead.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A change is coming to the Chasing Greatness blog…and I can’t wait to share it with you! has asked me to join their exclusive list of contributors in the leadership space. As of next week, the link to “continue reading” on your weekly email will redirect to my new blog page on Forbes. The Greatness Newsletter will stay at, and our library of past blogs and articles will remain on my site. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. Please spread the good news with everyone you know. I hope you enjoy the game tonight!

March Madness and the Value of Continuity

Written by Don Yaeger on . Posted in Chasing Greatness Blog

EDITOR’S NOTE: The contest we are currently running (check it out here) inspired me to write this blog.

These are my favorite four days of the sporting calendar.

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament tipped off yesterday, the little guys got the chance to pull back their slingshots while the big guys had to remain focused and keep momentum. What makes March Madness so exciting is that we can all bear witness to the incredible upsets by smaller teams against the powerhouses. We’re just one day into the 2015 tournament, and Georgia State and UAB have already sent heavily favored opponents home well before they were expected to bow out.

Positive Self-talk: A Cornerstone for Great Winners

Written by Don Yaeger on . Posted in Chasing Greatness Blog

Becky Burleigh

Even the Greatest winners… fail from time to time.

But the way they choose to respond to their shortcomings–how they talk to themselves after a loss–reveals much about their personal character.

When it comes to engaging our teammates or colleagues after a loss, most of us are supportive and encouraging. Maybe they took a bad shot or didn’t land the client they were working towards; whatever the case, we are usually willing to give them a pat on the back and a pep talk that says, “You’ll get it next time!”.