Vince Lombardi is one of America’s most famous football coaches. He was the assistant coach for the New York Giants from 1954 – 1958 and served as Head Coach for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
He led them to five league championships during his 9 years as coach from 1959 to 1967.
Vince Lombardi was born in Brooklyn in June 11 1913.
At age 15, Vince Lombardi wanted to become a Catholic Priest, but later on decided otherwise. He was an outstanding football and baseball player in St. Francis Preparatory School.
At age 20, he played football for Fordham University and although he was undersized, he was a named along with 6 others as the Seven Blocks of Granite, which was given to the Fordham team’s offensive line.
Lombardi’s first coaching job began at St. Cecilla as assistant coach. When the head coach left, he stayed on in St Cecilla to serve as head coach for 7 years.
After that, he would go on to his second coaching job at the U.S Military Academy as assistance coach. This experience in the military would shape his coaching style for many years to come.
His first experience with the NFL came in 1954, when he went in as assistant coach under the New York Giants. Lombardi with his team managed to turn the New York Giants around and win their first league title in 1956.
He went on the Green Bay Packers in 1959 as head coach and to a team who had basically almost lost their whole season. He turned this team around and in the span of 9 years, they won 5 league championships, winning two Super Bowls.
Lombardi eventually became known as one of the best football coaches in the history of football.
• The Green Packer’s Stadium was renamed Lambeau Field in honor of Lombardi in 1967
• Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Green Bay was named after him.
• NFL’s World Championship Trophy was renamed Vince Lombardi Trophy shortly after his death
•The Boy Scouts of America awarded Vince Lombardi the Silver Buffalo Award.
1.It’s about Winning
Lombardi saw the importance of winning in any game; in life and so on. He couldn’t accept defeat as final and he was single minded in winning his games.
As a leader, you must know people all want to be part of a winning team. And to do that, you need a winning attitude. You need to be positive, and at the same time persistent. In whatever thing you want to do, there will be resistance and you need that winning attitude to breakthrough and reach your goal with your team.
2.Pay the Price it Takes
Lombardi knew that the price of success was hard work. He believed it and he gave his team an extremely regimental training. This inculcated discipline in them, and helped them win their championships.
You cannot bypass hard work. It is your own and shortest way to success. Most people would like to convince you otherwise but the truth is, there is none other. Show your team the value of hard work by example; and as you lead by hard work, your team will follow.
3.Teamwork is Essential
Lombardi saw the importance of teamwork and he emphasized a lot on it. He saw that team work was the way to win, whether it was in the game, or in life.
Teamwork is an overused term in many organizations now, but if you can build a real team that values one another; you will be able to great a winning team or organization.
When everyone works together, the strengths of each individual get amplified and the weaknesses get covered.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
If you can accept losing, you can't win.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.
Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
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.
Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
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