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The Don Yaeger Audio Series on the Characteristics of Greatness is the perfect message for all high performers. This adaptation from his keynote speaking engagements with various Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations and associations highlights the absolutes of What Makes the Great Ones Great. Over his career as a writer for Sports Illustrated and as an author of more than two dozen books—nine of which are New York Times Best Sellers—Don has interviewed and shared key moments with some of the greatest winners, leaders and high performers of all-time. Don identified true characteristics that unlocked their ability to go from good to great.

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  • Part Seven

    The Don Yaeger Audio Series on the Characteristics of Greatness is the perfect message for all high performers. This adaptation from his keynote speaking engagements with various Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations and associations highlights the absolutes of What Makes the Great Ones Great. Over his career as a writer for Sports Illustrated and as an author of more than two dozen books—nine of which are New York Times Best Sellers—Don has interviewed and shared key moments with some of the greatest winners, leaders and high performers of all-time. Don identified true characteristics that unlocked their ability to go from good to great.

    In Part SEVEN of this series, Don shares another trio of lessons that are sure to help unlock the ability to go from good to great. Part Seven stresses that belief in a higher power has often unlocked true greatness for some of the greatest winners of our lifetime. It also emphasizes that setting records shouldn’t be the sole focus of your work life, especially when you can build a legacy that lasts long after you retire. The lesson also enlightens listeners on the value of making minor adjustments to better your chances of sustained success.

    Part SEVEN will highlight NFL coaching icon Tony Dungy who admits that his belief in a higher power helped relieve some of the unnecessary stress that can hinder one’s ability to achieve success. Don reveals a personal story about Dungy and how his mindset and ability to believe in something bigger than himself helped him overcome tragedy. This lesson also stresses the importance of building a legacy. Achieving awards and accolades are important and should be valued, but the value of a legacy that means more than just wins and losses separates the good from the great. Don conveys this lesson through the life of ESPN broadcaster and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale. And the final element of this 3-lesson part ventures into the characteristic of making adjustments when faced with failure. Quitting is not an option and rather than admitting defeat, the great ones like NBA legend Michael Jordan adjusted his preparation and strategy in order to fully reach his championship status.

    All 3 lessons can be a driver in unlocking true greatness. This series has been upgraded for Champion’s Club members and, rather than CD distribution, will feature on-demand Champion’s Club password protected access for online streaming along with an option to download the series for offline listening. Each part of the series is loaded with key characteristics with the intent to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part Six

    In Part Six of this series, Don shares a trio of lessons that are sure to help unlock the ability to go from good to great. Part Six emphasizes the power of positive thinking, the importance of prioritizing value and longterm success over immediate and sometimes flimsy financial breakthroughs, as well as the value of living life as a role-model.

    Part Six will highlight an absolute that Don learned from Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw who used his contagious enthusiasm to spread positive thinking throughout a Mets clubhouse that quickly turned from last place to first place. The story also shares a personal note about blockbuster actor and country music icon Tim McGraw. This lesson also emphasizes the importance of valuing more than just immediate financial gain… Depicted through tales of NFL great quarterback Tom Brady and NBA legend Tim Duncan, Don shares how priorities and a focus on more than just money, can set a person or team up for sustained greatness. And the final element of this 3-lesson part dives into the trait of living life as a role model. Sometimes doing the right thing, even when it’s the hardest thing, can be what takes you from good to great. Don explains this lesson with a tale of PGA Tour golfer Brian Davis who had to decide between cheating his way to a $1-million payday or competing with integrity, suffering the consequences, and then seeing how life rewarded him for his honesty.

    All 3 lessons can be a driver in unlocking true greatness. This series has been upgraded for Champion’s Club members and, rather than CD distribution, will feature on-demand Champion’s Club password protected access for online streaming along with an option to download the series for offline listening. Each part of the series is loaded with key characteristics with the intent to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part Five

    In Part Five of this series, Don shares his unique and nationally acclaimed story of NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton along with the selfless success stories of decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and unique football linebacker Mike Flint.

    Part Five will highlight an absolute that Don learned from NFL great Walter Payton while living with the late Chicago Bears running back during the waning months of Payton’s battle with liver cancer. It emphasizes the importance of doing something for someone who can never return the favor. This part also dives into how the Great Ones approached being a teammate despite the human tendency of making glory and recognition more of an emphasis than the team. This story comes to life through the observations of 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps as well as Mike Flint—a man who’s claim to fame was becoming the oldest college football player in the United States. Both lessons can be a driver in unlocking true greatness. This series has been upgraded for Champion’s Club members and, rather than CD distribution, will feature on-demand Champion’s Club password protected access for online streaming along with an option to download the series for offline listening. Each part of the series is loaded with key characteristics with the intent to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part Four

    In Part Four Don shares the emotionally super-charged example of what Don refers to as the “Ultimate Father-Son love story” of a man doing anything for his paraplegic child. The underlying lesson is one of integrity and how the Great Ones live their lives with integrity–especially when no one is watching. Dick & Rick Hoyt compete in marathon races and Ironman events and despite the father, Dick, doing all of the running, swimming and biking, the tandem enjoy their events as if they’ve won a championship each time. Dick’s drive to push himself to the limit in order to put a smile on his son’s face, when so many pity their situation, is a true sign of Greatness.

    Part Four will also highlight an absolute that truly Great Ones like NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher–who’s football and family life story was featured in the movie “The Blindside”, understand that there is no offseason. They are always working toward the next game and there’s always a game ahead. They realize that accomplishing one goal isn’t an invitation to stop, but rather it’s an opportunity to press for another goal. This is the 4th and final installment in a 4-part series that features one easy-listening disc each quarter with 2 key characteristics intended to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part Three

    In Part Three Don shares the emotional story of NFL figure Warrick Dunn. Besides being in a select group of NFL running back to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career, Dunn’s story of overcoming depression, touch decisions, and heart-wrenching adversity is a must-hear!

    Part Three will also highlight an absolute that Don learned from his relationship with basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat. The story spotlights the Heat’s ability to see themselves successful as a key cog to unlocking their championship status. This installment is the 3rd in a 4-part series that features one easy-listening disc each quarter that features 2 key characteristics with the intent to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part Two

    In Part Two Don shares another rarely heard nugget championed by legendary college basketball coach John Wooden. This particular characteristic of Greatness emphasizes the value of preparation and how a Great champion like Coach Wooden used something as simple as “Shoes & Socks” to inspire an attention to detail that ultimately sparked the success story of business giant Federal Express.

    Part Two will also highlight an absolute that Don learned from his good friend Coach Jim Johnson and his star pupil Jason McElwain. McElwain grew to national stardom under the nickname J-Mac after his incredible story of scoring 20 points in his first and only high school basketball game despite glaring difficulties tied to living with autism. The story spotlights the willingness to be a thoughtful risk-taker as the premium for unlocking true Greatness. This installment is the 2nd in a 4-part series that features one easy-listening disc each quarter that features 2 key characteristics with the intent to inspire, enhance, motivate, enrich, and entertain. It’s a Great addition to your listening library!

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  • Part One

    Don shares his unique and nationally acclaimed story of Michael Jordan and the lesson he learned firsthand from MJ on becoming the ultimate high performer, and also highlights an absolute that Don learned from his mentor, Hall of Fame UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, about how the value of association can be a driver in unlocking true greatness.

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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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