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The Case for Clearing Your Mind (or the Secret to Being 5-0 in the NFL)

Ken Chen

Ken Chen

October 9, 2013

7 thoughts on “The Case for Clearing Your Mind (or the Secret to Being 5-0 in the NFL)”

  1. Excellent post! These 3 ingredients (renewed vision, energy, enthusiasm) certainly seem to enable these leaders to inspire their teams to winning records. These traits seem to be very applicable outside of the NFL ranging from entry-level positions all the way up to the CEO level (a good example is A.G. Lafley at P&G or Steve Jobs at Apple). On a side note, I wish I picked Peyton Manning on my fantasy team!

  2. Thanks for this powerful reminder, Ken! I’m in the process of re-evaluating where I invest my time. Given that my goal is Planetary Transformation (and has been for the past 15 years), I feel a sense of urgency to act. I’ve been frustrated that I don’t have a clear vision of where to apply my copious energy, but I’m going to take your advice and take a step back and renew my vision, energy and enthusiasm. Woooohoooooo! EXCITING!!

    1. Kimberly – that’s not a very ambitious goal (Planetary Transformation) is it? 🙂 Hope I can help you meet your goal somehow.

  3. Great post, Ken. I love how often lessons from sports transfer to the business world. It usually does take time off to gain perspective. Given how many people hate their jobs (I’ve read 70%) and want to change careers (I’ve seen 50%), it’s too bad it has to take a bad life experience (near-death, get fired, etc) to realize. It also happens in baseball and basketball where an athlete retires and then realizes he misses it or rehabs from injury and plays smarter (vs. harder) and returns better.

    1. Yes, it’s very sad but it makes sense. Life has a way of becoming routine and full of distraction. It’s not until something “bad” happens, do we take the timeout to really look deeper. I’m one of those people. It’ll be fun to see how these 3 teams do the rest of the season because often if a team has early success, they can’t sustain it the rest of the year — they have no failure to learn from!

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