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Overcoming Epic Wins and Losses

Ask anyone in the worlds of business or sports the most important qualities for success, and their list is likely to include “hard work” and “determination.”

While no one can argue the importance of both of these traits, they often tower over a value that I’ve learned can play as pivotal a role in sustaining success as any: humility.

Success can blind us temporarily and subject us to various pitfalls, perhaps the easiest and most problematic of which is complacency. Too much pride after a Great victory can open us up to potential disappointment if we focus too much on applauding what we just accomplished instead of preparing for the next obstacle. Additionally, one of the Great challenges to winners is dealing with defeat. In the event that next obstacle results in disappointment, dealing with loss in too negative a way can jeopardize our future goals.

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Great Leaders Never Stop Coaching

Great leaders are magnets for praise, respect, and adoration. But the greatest leaders are those who give more praise than they get. Three examples witnessed recently:

Just last month, Duke University’s head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski put his highly touted program on the court against a seemingly inferior and overmatched basketball program from the University of Vermont. While the national audience predicted an easy home victory for Coach K’s Blue Devils, the final score was decided by just one point. In fact, a made free throw with five seconds left in the game sealed a 91-90 victory for Duke. Most coaches would’ve stormed into the locker room and immediately chewed out their team for a poor performance.

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Why March Madness Pits David Against Goliath

It’s my favorite sporting “event” of year. March Madness, the NCAA Basketball tournament, is in full force.

Some call it the Big Dance and one reason is that some of America’s smallest colleges get to appear at the ball like Cinderella. You get to pull for teams with mascots like Greyhounds, Jackrabbits, Racers, Catamounts, Zags, Delta Devils, Hilltoppers, and Gaels. Gaels???

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Shane Battier

Ultimate Teammate
They will assume whatever role is necessary to win…

Tomorrow night, the Memphis Grizzlies have a chance to become only the second team in NBA history to upset the top-seed in a seven-game first-round playoff series. That incredible journey began two weeks ago when Memphis forward Shane Battier hit a game-winning shot to give the franchise its first ever win in a playoff game.

After that first win, Battier found himself in unfamiliar territory: surrounded by reporters barking questions and photographers flashing cameras. It wasn’t unfamiliar

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