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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 2

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe continue our three-part series with Howard Griffith, who is a BIGG Success!

Howard is a two-time Superbowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. Howard is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs, “The Human Plow.”

His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl.

Last time, Howard told us about how he came to be a fullback in the NFL, even though early on in his career, he wanted to be a tailback.

Hear Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click the player to listen.

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During our interview in this podcast segment you’ll hear:

  • How hard work and Laying it on the Line kept his NLF career going.
  • How you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.
  • Why self-discipline is key to achieving your goals.
  • Since Howard had the thrill of playing in the biggest arena in life (for football) the Super Bowl, twice…we find out how  preparing for that is different from preparing from any other game. Learn what kind of mentality you’ll need to prepare for your bigg game.
  • What Howard means when he says in his book that being part of a team takes a lot of individual work.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line.

Next time, Howard talks about getting past obstacles that get in the way of your bigg goals. He even shares a personal story about when he almost gave up on his NFL dream…and who convinced him to push on. Also, find out why Howard says you can’t share your bigg dreams with everyone.

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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 1

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverToday we begin our three-part series with Howard Griffith, two-time Superbowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line.

Howard is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs, “the Human Plow” and he holds the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game. In fact…he’s made a career out of breaking records!

His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl and it’s a fascinating story!

Listen to Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast! Click the player

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During our interview in this podcast segment:

  • Howard talks about his struggle in high school being able to play the position he wanted to play…which wasn’t fullback!
  • Howard tells us how and why his attitude changed about the position he would play after getting drafted out of the University of Illinois in to the NFL. He offers great lessons in life and personal growth.
  • Also, find out how you need to shift your thinking to excel in your career.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line
.

Next time, Howard tells us about how we can apply “The Drill” philosophy in our career and business, how self-discipline is key to achieving your goals, and how preparing for the Super Bowl is different than preparing for any other game.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
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7 Things You Must Learn In College That College Won't Teach You

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Some things are teachable; others have to be learned. Today, we’ll discuss things you have to learn on your own. Hopefully, you’ll do it while you’re still in college! If you’re already out, check this list to see how you’re doing!

#1 – Learn how YOU learn.
Do you learn best by reading? Listening? Watching? Or some combination? You’ll save a lot of time, money, and frustration later if you learn this now.

#2 – Learn HOW to think.
Most students focus on WHAT to think. Get a well-rounded education so you can cut to the essence of any issue. You fully understand a topic when you can debate both sides of an argument equally well.

#3 – Learn self-discipline.
Know how to set goals and schedule yourself to achieve them. Stick to the schedule you’ve set so you can focus on your priorities and balance work with fun.

#4 – Learn how to build YOUR brand.
You are the CEO of most important organization – YOU, Inc. For what will you be famous? What makes you unique? How will you let the world know?

The choices you make are critical. It’s good to be a member of an organization; it’s better to be a leader in it. Choose internships and summer jobs wisely because they reflect on your brand, too.

#5 – Learn how to communicate effectively.

It’s true – you learn a LITTLE bit about this in college. But how you communicate reflects on your brand. For example, if your written work is full of typographical errors and grammatical mistakes, the reader may assume that you’re sloppy or apathetic. Also understand that HOW you say something is just as important as WHAT you say.

#6 – Learn how to build your network.
Take every opportunity to reach out to people with common interests. It’s amazing how few students get to know their professors. They are great mentors even after you’re done with college!

It’s important to cultivate relationships. Take an interest in them. For your network to work when you desperately need it, you’ll need established relationships.

There are no six steps to Kevin Bacon when it comes to networking. You need to get one step removed from the person you need to contact. If you know me, and I know somebody, you have a good chance with that somebody.

#7 – Learn how to find your initial vision.
Your vision consists of your passion, your values, your competencies, and the environment you face. Here are some great resources to help you:

Your vision will probably change over time. However, developing the skills to discover it and work toward it are essential to your bigg success.

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Our bigg quote today comes from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said,

“The things taught in schools and colleges are
not an education, but the means to an education.”

Education is a life-long adventure to discover yourself and uncover your full potential.

As he moves on from the game he loves, superstar quarterback Brett Favre taught us a lesson on peak performance. We’ll discuss it in our next blog.

Brett’s moving on to the perfect job. One with two vacations a year … six months each!

Until next time, here’s to your bigg success! 

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Subscribe to The Bigg Success Show in iTunes. 

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7 Things You Must Learn In College That College Won’t Teach You

diploma 

Some things are teachable; others have to be learned. Today, we’ll discuss things you have to learn on your own. Hopefully, you’ll do it while you’re still in college! If you’re already out, check this list to see how you’re doing!

#1 – Learn how YOU learn.
Do you learn best by reading? Listening? Watching? Or some combination? You’ll save a lot of time, money, and frustration later if you learn this now.

#2 – Learn HOW to think.
Most students focus on WHAT to think. Get a well-rounded education so you can cut to the essence of any issue. You fully understand a topic when you can debate both sides of an argument equally well.

#3 – Learn self-discipline.
Know how to set goals and schedule yourself to achieve them. Stick to the schedule you’ve set so you can focus on your priorities and balance work with fun.

#4 – Learn how to build YOUR brand.
You are the CEO of most important organization – YOU, Inc. For what will you be famous? What makes you unique? How will you let the world know?

The choices you make are critical. It’s good to be a member of an organization; it’s better to be a leader in it. Choose internships and summer jobs wisely because they reflect on your brand, too.

#5 – Learn how to communicate effectively.

It’s true – you learn a LITTLE bit about this in college. But how you communicate reflects on your brand. For example, if your written work is full of typographical errors and grammatical mistakes, the reader may assume that you’re sloppy or apathetic. Also understand that HOW you say something is just as important as WHAT you say.

#6 – Learn how to build your network.
Take every opportunity to reach out to people with common interests. It’s amazing how few students get to know their professors. They are great mentors even after you’re done with college!

It’s important to cultivate relationships. Take an interest in them. For your network to work when you desperately need it, you’ll need established relationships.

There are no six steps to Kevin Bacon when it comes to networking. You need to get one step removed from the person you need to contact. If you know me, and I know somebody, you have a good chance with that somebody.

#7 – Learn how to find your initial vision.
Your vision consists of your passion, your values, your competencies, and the environment you face. Here are some great resources to help you:

Your vision will probably change over time. However, developing the skills to discover it and work toward it are essential to your bigg success.

Did you dig this article? Then Digg it!

Just click on the Share This button below!

Our bigg quote today comes from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said,

“The things taught in schools and colleges are
not an education, but the means to an education.”

Education is a life-long adventure to discover yourself and uncover your full potential.

As he moves on from the game he loves, superstar quarterback Brett Favre taught us a lesson on peak performance. We’ll discuss it in our next blog.

Brett’s moving on to the perfect job. One with two vacations a year … six months each!

Until next time, here’s to your bigg success! 

Subscribe to the Bigg Success feed.

Subscribe to The Bigg Success Show in iTunes. 

Related posts

3 Tips To Thrive In Your Career

Facing Off Against Faceless Competitors

Jungle Love – Living With Coopetition

How To Get Promoted To Senior Management

How Do You Learn To Be An Entrepreneur?

What Makes You Tick?

John Wooden’s Pyramid Of Success

Is Your Star Shining Bright?

Don’t Shy Away From Networking

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Why are Soft Skills So Important?

By Bigg Success Staff
08-25-08

Career Builders

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You’re probably familiar with this saying. You may have even heard it, or uttered it, yourself.

“He (she) was hired for hard skills, but got fired for lack of soft skills.”

Hard skills, the technical ability and knowledge to perform a particular job, are certainly important. But it’s amazing how much the paradigm has shifted in the last decade or so.

Soft skills are in demand

Companies are placing more emphasis on soft skills – things like self-discipline, work ethic, attitude, people skills, communication skills, and the like. They have realized that they can train people in the skills essential to the trade.

Universities are also jumping on board, with many now starting to offer some sort of soft skill training as part of a MBA. They’re responding to their corporate partners, who have been telling them that their graduates are technically proficient but often lacking in personal leadership skills.

What can’t be taught

So hard skills can be taught relatively easily. Soft skills, on the other hand, are tough to teach because it takes a certain level of soft skills to learn more soft skills!

An individual has to have a strong desire to learn the best way to deal with others. There has to be an acceptance that there may be a better way. The discipline to put the skills learned into practice, and not revert to old patterns, must also be present.

So if you want to set yourself apart, work on developing your soft skills at least as much as you work on your hard skills.

How do you learn?

It’s about personal leadership. One essential soft skill is learning how you learn best. Then use another soft skill – take action – and find an environment that allows that to happen. It may be a formal or informal place. It doesn’t matter, as long as you learn!

These soft skills help you professionally, but they also help you personally. The more you develop these skills, the more productive you will become. You’ll see significant changes in your relationships at work and at home.

How to start or refresh yourself

Want a great way to start or refresh yourself on basic soft skills? Read (or re-read) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you learn better by listening, get it in audio form.

Find a friend, mentor, or coach who has also read the book (or reads it at the same time). Discuss the lessons you’ve learned. Synergize, as Covey would say!

There are so many great resources to learn these essential skills. Tap into them regularly. There’s one we particularly recommend … okay, you guessed it – you’re there now!

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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