Over his many years of working with the Great ones, a seven-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, Don Yaeger has compiled these sixteen characteristics that every winner that exhibits.
I think my fellow writers can apply these points to our own literary endeavors.
HOW THEY THINK
1. It's Personal
They hate to lose more than they love to win.
2. Rubbing Elbows
They understand the value of association.
They have faith in a higher power.
4. Contagious Enthusiasm
They are positive thinkers... They are enthusiastic... and that enthusiasm rubs off.
HOW THEY PREPARE
5. Hope For the Best, But...
They prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field.
6. What Off-Season?
They are always working towards the next game...
7. Visualize Victory
They see victory before the game begins.
8. Inner Fire
They use adversity as fuel.
HOW THEY WORK
9. Ice In Their Veins
They are risk-takers and don't fear making a mistake.
10. When All Else Fails
They know how - and when - to adjust their game plan.
11. Ultimate Teammate
They will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.
12. Not Just About the Benjamins
They don't play just for the money.
HOW THEY LIVE
13. Do unto Others
They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.
14. When No One Is Watching
They are comfortable in the mirror... they live their life with integrity.
15. When Everyone Is Watching
They embrace the idea of being a role model.
16. Records Are Made to Be Broken
They know their legacy isn't what they did on the field. They are well-rounded.
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