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GamePlan A sat down with the Denver Broncos ‘quarterback nightmare’ and passionate chicken farmer to learn what it takes to become an MVP in sport or in business. His answer was competition, effort and repeat.
1. It takes competition
My life is centered around competition and everything else stems from that, especially in my sport and in my business.
I’ve learnt that in order to prevail over your competition, you need to surround yourself with the right people. Some people think it is simply about putting the best player right next to you. In reality, it’s about having the player on your side perform at a level that he wouldn’t normally preform at. If you can do that with everyone around you, you’ll have a great team and you’ll be respected as a great leader.
That’s what I try to do on the football field, but it also defines my action in the chicken business. I want to have the best operation, the best system and the best product in this very competitive market. It takes a lot of effort, but I know that I’ll get there if I trust the people I put around me to do their job.
2. It takes effort
I demand constant effort from myself. If you take it back to the animal kingdom, the one who really wants it the most and is willing to fight to the death is the one that’s going to win. It’s not so much about size or strength, but about the effort you bring.
You don’t need to have a lion’s physique, if you have a rooster’s heart and attitude. Roosters’ got crazy personalities. They never give up, they commit their all and are willing to fight to the death. That’s what it takes to win the competition.
Now, I’m not saying that there won’t be any adversity or setbacks on the journey; however, the ones that really take on that adversity will make it to a whole other level of success. You just have to keep going. Especially in my line of work, you can’t ever become complacent. The guys that become complacent don’t last too long.
That’s what we’re in it for: to become legends.
3. It takes repetition
My work is never done. I’ve got to make sure I try everything in my power to get another MVP award. That’s what it’s about.
When you get one championship or you taste success for the first time, you have an indescribable feeling and you’ll want to experience those emotions again and again. It really creates this addiction. To win the next competition, you got to continue to bring the effort, the drive and the motivation. This time, however, you can build on your experience.
Just look at how you won last time and repeat and perfect the process.