Winning The Game One Play At a Time

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The Job Window

When Fran Tarkenton retired from playing football he held a string of quarterback records including NFL’s MVP and AP Offensive Player of the Year for 1975. During his post football career Fran continued pulling the string of success writing a succession of motivational books and founding Tarkenton Companies.


Luck has nothing to do with it

What kind of a lucky guy has enough success for several people in such disparate fields? No kind of lucky guy because luck had nothing to do with it. If Fran Tarkenton didn’t have what it took to make it in sports he would have moved right into success in business.


Some people are born with an outstanding talent that they ride into the stratosphere of success. For most of the rest of us that talent is attitudinal. More people reach the finish line through a success mindset than a lucky genetic break.

Strategies for success


Preparation, teamwork, value of failure

Writing for Fran Tarkenton discusses 4 success strategies that he carried over from his life as an athlete to his career in the business world.

Essentially he talks about sticking to the basics. Preparation, teamwork, and the value of failure. Focusing on one thing at a time until its thoroughly mastered. Self-evident things that people who are successful understand and follow through with, while everyone else sits around waiting for success to follow them into the room.


In some fields success depends on many years of post secondary education, but there are still others where hard work and strength of purpose are enough to propel the determined ones to the front of the pack.


With so much emphasis on how hard life and work can be, sometimes we forget the most important things we can do to make ourselves successful are things we learned in Kindergarten.


As Robert Flugham, author of Everything I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten says, “It doesn’t really matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”


You can say you want to be successful. The question is, what are you willing to do about it?