Lessons from Coach Meyer

Coach Don MeyerCoach, it was our privilege …

What else can we say … how often do we get a chance to hear a Hall of Fame NCAA basketball coach with 900+ wins, the last year of those wins with only 1-1/2 legs and inoperable cancer?? Now he’s committed to sharing life lessons from his own experience … and with a great sense of humor.

This morning many of our Chamber membership had that opportunity and were honored by the Coach’s presence and lifted by his message. Patrick Akers, franchise owner of the coming Qdoba Mexican Grill, summed up how we all felt, “It was phenomenal … motivational … well worth the time. We need more events like this for the whole community.”

Here are just a few pieces of Coach Meyer’s wisdom – some directly from him and some from his colleagues –

On relationships –

The F words I try to instill in my teams: Faith, Family, Friends.

Did you call your Mama today? I sure wish I could have called mine. (Bear Bryant)

You can tell a lot about a person by the way that they treat someone who can’t do anything for them or to them.

On planning –

Plan, prepare, practice, and play like you just lost your last game. (Lon Krueger)

It is not who you play or where you play; it is how you play. (Bobby Knight)

On greatness –

People only want two things in life: security and significance.

Somewhere in our life we must meet someone who expects greatness from us.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Our example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.

 

Coach Meyer has also created his own set “2nd Ten Commandments” – worth applying to all of our own businesses and lives. (click here for a copy)

Special thanks to Coach Steve Smiley at Sheridan College, who was also assistant coach to Coach Meyer for several years (as well as a previous Northern standout), for his work in bringing this opportunity to us.

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