What It Takes To Be A Winner – Part 7

In The Winners Manual, written by coach Jim Tressel during his tenure as head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes, he has identified ten fundamentals essential for winners. Applying these fundamentals can put us on track to becoming a winner no matter what we do in life and no matter what life throws our way.

This week we’ll briefly review the next fundamental and the resources coach Tressel has used to shape his character as well as his coaching staff and most importantly, his players.


Be kind to one another, because most of us are fighting a hard battle. – Ian Maclaren

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others? – Martin Luther King Jr.

Concern for man and his fate must form the chief interest of all technical endeavors . . . . Never forget that in the midst of your diagrams and equations. – Albert Einstein

Coach Tressel says, “If we focus solely on winning and set aside the loving care of individuals, we place our team and ourselves at a disadvantage . . . As human beings, we were not made only to achieve things.

True winners in the game of life will not look merely at goals and achievements. True winners who are part of a winning team will care more about the people beside them in the trenches than they will about the trophy at the end of the journey. True winners will have compassion for their teammates and desire the good of others as well as their own.”

Love cures all people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. – Dr. Karl Menninger

True love will find an outlet in service. – Billy Graham

Coach T. believes, “Commitment is the key to every relationship. Whatever team you’re on, whether it’s a marriage, a family, a work team, or a sports team, in order to achieve whatever goals you’ve set, you must be bound together by a love that exhibits itself in extreme commitment and the laying down of one’s life for the common good.

The failure to commit ourselves is evident in so many aspects of our society. People want to be “cool” rather than committed. They want to be esteemed and lifted up. But you can’t focus on being cool if you want to be a champion. You have to be willing to cry. You have to be willing to love. You have to be willing to commit.”

All I ask is that you play better than you are. – Doc Spurgeon

When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself. – Author Unknown

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. – Ann Landers

Coach T. reminds us, “Love is not something we can turn on and off at will; it has to be ingrained in our being. It’s a vital ingredient in a winner’s game plan. And, like every other fundamental, it has to be worked on every day. The people around us will know if what we’re expressing is genuine or not. Love must be a lifestyle.”

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. – Amy Carmichael

I’ll continue to mention each week that The Winners Manual is an excellent book to recommend to your children and grandchildren whether they are active in sports or not. This book is filled with a lot of great life lessons and wisdom you can pass on to those you love and care about!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters from coach Jim Tressel.

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