Where does greatness come from? What separates a Michael Jordan, a Ted Williams, an Annika Sorenstam or a Tiger Woods from the rest of us weekend warriors?
OK, besides natural ability? I'll never compare to Michael Jordan because (a) I'm 5-foot-8, and (b) I stink at basketball.
Greatness, though, is about more than physical ability. There is something inside that would have made them great even if they weren't superior athletes.
Don Yaeger thinks he knows what it is.
Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated reporter, has co-authored a series of books with some of the most iconic sports figures of our time, including John Wooden and Walter Payton. Along the way, he has learned a thing or two about how they approached their respective games. There are lessons there for everyone.
“Greatness,” Yaeger told a crowd at the 2011 Northeast CPE Conference, “is available to all of us — if you are willing to do common things uncommonly well.”
And what are those things? Yaeger has made a list. It includes these 16 gems:
How many of those traits do you see in yourself? While you're thinking, listen to Yaeger elaborate on these points in this brief interview.
It's kind of cool, isn't it — the idea that we don't have to be a world-class athlete to be great?
We just need to think like them.