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Warren Moon

What's Off-Season?
The truly great are always working towards the next game...

Warren Moon was a quarterback. As he emphasized time and again while we were working on his recently released memoir, Never Give Up on Your Dream, he wasn't a wide receiver or a running back. He wasn't a defensive back. He was a quarterback - and he was determined to play that position - all the way to Canton, Ohio, home of the NFL Hall of Fame, which welcomed a new class during ceremonies last weekend.

Chris Paul

Ultimate Teammate...
The truly great will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.

The 2008 United States Olympic Basketball Team had one goal in mind: to recapture the gold after earning the bronze in 2004. Dubbed "The Redeem Team," the roster read like a future Hall of Fame ballot with names like Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, and Dwight Howard listed one after another. Even the "second string," anchored by Chris Paul, was outstanding.

Tug McGraw

Contagious Enthusiasm...
The truly great are positive thinkers... they are enthusiastic... and that enthusiasm rubs off.

One of the greatest parts of spring is the day baseball stadiums throughout the country open their doors. As the first pitch of the season is thrown, everyone still believes their team has a shot.

In Major League Baseball - as in life - the key to success is that belief. To be successful, belief is not simply wishful thinking, but a mantra which runs deep in spirit and mind.

To this day, the New York Mets' 1973 season is still an unmatched testament to the power of believing. Their season started with great potential, but as it progressed, the injury list grew longer and their confidence took a nose-dive. Even their haplessly-happy pitcher, Tug McGraw, was in a slump.

Annika Sorenstam

Hope for the Best, but...
The truly great prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field

Annika Sorenstam posted career numbers that practically look like typos. From 2001 to 2005, Sorenstam competed in 104 Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments, winning an unbelievable 43 of those events, finished either second or third 24 times and in the top-10 an astounding 86 times. When she left professional golf earlier this year, she had 90 international tournament wins to her name - more than any other female golfer in history. She was the highest-earning athlete on the LPGA tour, topping $22 million, over her career.

But rather than resting on her laurels as she prepared to exit the tour circuit, Sorenstam was already looking ahead to the next phase of her career - and taking the necessary steps to make that move just as successful as her playing days had been.

Danica Patrick

Ice In Their Veins...
The truly great are risk-takers. They don't fear making a mistake.

She suffered her first real crash in 1994 at the age of 12, two years after she began go-kart racing competitively. Some said she was just lucky she hadn't been in a crash before. Others thought that meant she wasn't being aggressive enough.
She was coming around the final turn of the national event in Charlotte, N.C. Relentless and gunning toward the finish line, she moved to pass the leading driver on the inside - the same driver who had bumped her off the course and from first place to third, the lap before.

Showing Up To Work

Cal Ripken Jr. committed to being better at his craft. Every day. For two decades.

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.

Albert Einstein

If Albert Einstein was right, Cal Ripken should have been a CEO or politician rather than a shortstop,because Ripken led by example over and over… and over again.

Some of the Winning Teams Don Yaeger works with

Hewlett Packard