The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
You set a goal to be the best and then you work hard every hour of every day, striving to reach that goal. If you allow yourself to settle for anything less than number one, you are cheating yourself.
Strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.
My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.
The problem with most leaders today is they don't stand for anything. Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything
It's the start that stops most people.
To be successful, all you have to do is work half-days; you can work the first twelve hours or the second twelve hours.
As a coach, your high standards of performance, attention to detail and - above all - how hard you work set the stage for how your players perform.
I have no magic formula. The only way I know to win is through hard work.
Success is not forever, and failure is never final.
There's nothing wrong with setting goals, but it doesn't mean a thing if you don't pay attention to the day-to-day details.
Some clubs want to win so much they'll do anything to get it. Our approach has been just the opposite. We've tried to do things the right way. And the right way is [abiding by] the rules and regulations ... I may not like all of them, but once they are [official], we play by them.
The one thing that I know is that you win with good people.
The start is what stops most people.
Lots of leaders want to be popular. I never cared about that. I want to be respected.
The ultimate goal is victory. And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.
The whole idea is to get an edge. Sometimes it takes just a little extra something to get that edge, but you have to have it.
Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.
Leadership implies movement toward something and convictions provide that direction.
One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.
And I coached against Mike when he was an assistant with the Bears and they won that football game.
Failure isn't fatal, and success isn't final.
I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I've done that in my 33 years as a head coach.
And then to end up with a total of 347 wins, averaging 10 regular season wins for 33 years and the best winning percentage, and I'm very proud of this, of any professional team from 1970 to 1996.
You know it's only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.
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