Ronnie Lott is a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game.
The below is a blurb from the book Trillion Dollar Coach, in which Lott talks about Bill Campbell, possibly the greatest executive coach of our time.
“Great coaches lie awake at night thinking about how to make you better. They relish creating an environment where you get more out of yourself. Coaches are like great artists getting the stroke exactly right on a painting. They are painting relationships. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how they are going to make someone else better. But that’s what coaches do. It’s what Bill Campbell did, he just did it on a different field.”
Lott’s first sentence is interesting. I’ve noticed that most of the successful people I’ve met spend time thinking, obsessing over their craft. At night, in the morning.
Whether it’s leading your team, being a better mother or being the top salesperson at your company, it’s the after-hours that really make the difference. The constant thinking, tinkering, 1% changes you can make.
Most people don’t think that way. They flip on HGTV and watch mind-numbing TV until it’s time for bed.
It’s not for everyone. But if you want to be the top of the field, you need to commit to the craft.