9 Times Famous Football Coaches Understood Your Business Better Than You

Summer came and went faster than my kids when they hear their dad walk in the door, and now my house is settlin’ down for a fall of semi-hibernation in front of the tv as we enter my husband’s favorite time of year: football season. There is no doubt in my mind that he loses more sleep annually the nights before big games than he ever lost in preparation for the big events of our time together, like our wedding, or before the boys were born, etc.

It’s pretty much a guarantee that the excitement level will be high in our house for the next few months. What’s funny to me is that I get the same amount of joy and excitement in running my business as Josh gets from football and College GameDay, and yet he feels sorry for me that I don’t understand football and therefore can’t experience the same enjoyment from it. You can keep your boo-hoos, boo boo, because I’ve got my own passion for something that doesn’t leave me in November.

quotes from famous football NFL coaches about business and teamwork

As I’m getting into the festive fall spirit, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from big-time coaches, in honor of my husband who one day hopes to be a football coach of caliber equal to these men. I love that while these quotes were spoken in terms of the game, teamwork, and wins and losses, they’re actually incredibly telling and accurate when related to entrepreneurism and small businesses.

“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.”

—Mike Ditka, Head Coach Chicago Bears (1982-92), New Orleans Saints (1997-99)

“If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.”

—Chuck Noll, Head Coach Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-91)

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

—Lou Holtz, Head Coach New York Jets (1976)

“Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.”

—George Allen, Head Coach Los Angeles Rams (1957, 1966-70), Chicago Bears (1958-65), Washington Redskins (1971-77)

“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a high competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”

—Bill Walsh, Head Coach San Francisco 49ers (1979-88)

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

—Vince Lombardi, Head Coach Green Bay Packers (1959-1967), Washington Redskins (1969)

“Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.”

—Herm Edwards, Head Coach New York Jets (2001-05), Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08)

“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence…If you’re in control, they’re in control.”

—Tom Landry, Head Coach Dallas Cowboys (1960-88)

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

—George S. Halas, Head Coach Chicago Bears (1933-42, 1946-55, 1958-67)

I figure there is a lot to be learned from these talented, successful coaches who have made cohesive management and direction their career. Consider these words as you take your business to the next level and remember that success is a relative term. If you’re happy, you’re winning.


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Rachel Cottrell | @rachelacottrell

mama to twins • drinker of the Dew

Rachel is a huge fan of TJ Maxx and chocolate chip cookies. She is currently working on updating her 1940s home with her husband.


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