What It Takes To Be A Winner-Part 1

Deep down we all want to win at what we are doing in life.

Excerpts from The Winners Manual written by coach Jim Tressel during his tenure as head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes can put us on track for becoming a winner no matter what we do in life and no matter what life throws our way.

Coach Tressel has identified ten fundamentals essential for winners. Each week for the next several weeks we’ll briefly review each fundamental and the resources coach Tressel has used to shape his character as well as his coaching staff and most importantly, his players.


The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. – William James

Coach Tressel says, “We have to understand that our thinking affects everything we do. A good attitude can overcome some other limitations, but even great talent can’t overcome the wrong attitude.”

Paradise is where I am. – Voltaire

Coach T. reminds us, “If you’re in paradise where you are—not wishing you were someplace else—that’s the right attitude. If you’re always wishing you were someplace else, what you’ll discover is that the other place has just as many problems and difficulties—maybe more—as the place where you are right now.”

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. – Winston Churchhill

Coach T. says, “Attitude is not something that comes by instinct. It has to be practiced over and over or relearned over and over. We have to choose to have a good attitude.”

Coach Tressel also believes there are three basic components to a right attitude. Gratitude, Humility, and Enthusiasm.


It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. – Unknown


  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind

  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true
  • To think only of the best
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future
  • To share the greater achievements of the future
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others
  • To be too large for worry, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble”

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies within yourself. – Tecumseh


If we were humble, nothing would change us—neither praise or discouragement. – Mother Teresa

Humility precedes honor. – Proverbs 18:12

Graveyards are full of irreplaceable men. – Charles De Gaulle

With humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2


Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. – Dale Carnegie

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. – Henry David Thoreau

You may have heard this one before but it’s worth repeating.

“There are three types of people:

  1. Those who make things happen
  2. Those who watch things happen
  3. And those who say, ‘What happened?

Which one are you?”

See you next week for more from coach Tressel’s The Winners Manual because…Wisdom Matters!

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