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What Makes the

Great Ones Great

Using live and virtual presentations, Don reveals critical lessons needed
for you to achieve personal and professional greatness.

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What Makes the Great Ones Great – Lesson 1

Lesson 1

Don tells unheard stories of awe-inspiring moments with Michael Jordan, Warrick Dunn, John Wooden and Walter Payton. Each story representing a Characteristic of Greatness.
Characteristic of Greatness – It's Personal
It's Personal

They hate to lose more than they love to win

Characteristic of Greatness – Inner Fire
Inner Fire

They use adversity as fuel.

Characteristic of Greatness – Rubbing Elbows
Rubbing Elbows

They understand the value of association.

Characteristic of Greatness – Do Unto Others
Do Unto Others

They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them in return.

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Lesson 2

Lesson 2

Don continues with stories from Shaquille O'Neal, Dick & Rick Hoyt, Michael Oher and John Wooden. Each story built around a new Characteristic of Greatness.
Characteristic of Greatness – Visualize Victory
Visualize Victory

They see victory before the game begins.

Characteristic of Greatness – When No One is Watching
When no one is watching

They are comfortable in the mirror. They live their life with integrity.

Characteristic of Greatness – What Off-Season?
What Off-Season?

They are always working towards the next game. The goal is what's ahead, and there's always something ahead.

Characteristic of Greatness – Hope For The Best But...
Hope For the Best But...

They prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field.

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Lesson 3

Lesson 3

The journey continues with more stories of Greatness from Tug McGraw, Jason McElwain "J-Mac", Tom Brady and legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, showcasing the next four Characteristics of Greatness.
Characteristic of Greatness – Contagious Enthusiasm
Contagious Enthusiasm

They are positive thinkers... They are enthusiastic... and that enthusiasm rubs off.

Characteristic of Greatness – Ice In Their Veins
Ice In Their Veins

They are risk-takers, and don't fear making a mistake.

Characteristic of Greatness – Not Just About The Benjamins
Not Just About The Benjamins

They don't play just for the money.

Characteristic of Greatness – Records Are Made To Be Broken
Records are Made to be Broken

They know their legacy isn't what they did on the field. They are well-rounded.

Lesson 4

Lesson 4

Don wraps up the series with stories from Tony Dungy, Michael Phelps, Brian Davis and Michael Jordan, highlighting the final four Characteristics of Greatness.
Characteristic of Greatness – Believe
Believe

They have faith in a higher power.

Characteristic of Greatness – Ultimate Teammate
Ultimate Teammate

They will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.

Characteristic of Greatness – When Everyone Is Watching
When Everyone is Watching

They embrace the idea of being a role model.

Characteristic of Greatness – When All Else Fails
When All Else Fails

They know how – and when – to adjust their game plan.

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Characteristic of Greatness

Lesson 1

Delivered as a live keynote presentation or virtual experience.

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Don tells unheard stories of awe-inspiring moments with Michael Jordan, Warrick Dunn, John Wooden and Walter Payton. Each story representing a Characteristic of Greatness.

Characteristic of Greatness

It's Personal

They hate to lose more than they love to win

Characteristic of Greatness

Inner Fire

They use adversity as fuel.

Characteristic of Greatness

Rubbing Elbows

They understand the value of association.

Characteristic of Greatness

Do Unto Others

They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them in return.

Characteristic of Greatness

Lesson 2

Delivered as a live keynote presentation or virtual experience.

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Don continues with stories from Shaquille O'Neal, Dick & Rick Hoyt, Michael Oher and John Wooden. Each story built around a new Characteristic of Greatness.

Characteristic of Greatness

Visualize Victory

They see victory before the game begins.

Characteristic of Greatness

When no one is watching

They are comfortable in the mirror. They live their life with integrity.

Characteristic of Greatness

What Off-Season?

They are always working towards the next game. The goal is what's ahead, and there's always something ahead.

Characteristic of Greatness

Hope For the Best But...

They prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field.

 
Characteristic of Greatness

Lesson 3

Delivered as a live keynote presentation or virtual experience.

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The journey continues with more stories of Greatness from Tug McGraw, Jason McElwain "J-Mac", Tom Brady and legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, showcasing the next four Characteristics of Greatness.

Characteristic of Greatness

Contagious Enthusiasm

They are positive thinkers... They are enthusiastic... and that enthusiasm rubs off.

Characteristic of Greatness

Ice In Their Veins

They are risk-takers, and don't fear making a mistake.

Characteristic of Greatness

Not Just About The Benjamins

They don't play just for the money.

Characteristic of Greatness

Records are Made to be Broken

They know their legacy isn't what they did on the field. They are well-rounded.

Characteristic of Greatness

Lesson 4

Delivered as a live keynote presentation or virtual experience.

Browse Lessons

Don wraps up the series with stories from Tony Dungy, Michael Phelps, Brian Davis and Michael Jordan, highlighting the final four Characteristics of Greatness.

Characteristic of Greatness

Believe

They have faith in a higher power.

Characteristic of Greatness

Ultimate Teammate

They will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.

Characteristic of Greatness

When Everyone is Watching

They embrace the idea of being a role model.

Characteristic of Greatness

When All Else Fails

They know how – and when – to adjust their game plan.

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Don Yaeger - 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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