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   Vince Lombardi was one of my heroes. The excerpt from his famous speech, “What It Takes To Be NUMBER ONE,” has been a favorite of mine for many years. It transcends football. The words, for me, capture the fundamentals of success…in any business or any life.

   I was truly honored to work with Lombardi’s son, Vince Jr., to create a beautiful gift book titled, "What It Takes To Be NUMBER ONE". We combined the words of the famous Lombardi speech with nine inspirational chapters written by Vince Jr., presenting his Dad’s nine keys to success. Adding a CD with the rare audio of Lombardi's famous speech in the back of our book was a dream come true.

   Please enjoy the famous speech from the football legend, Vince Lombardi.

Live With Passion,

Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths

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What It Takes To Be NUMBER ONE

By Vince Lombardi

   "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.


   There is no room  for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it's for losers. It is, and always has been, an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.


   Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's OK. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.


   Running a football team is no different than any other kind of organization - an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win - to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.


   It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there - to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules, but to win.


   And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.


   I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious".

What it Takes to Be #1

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This article was excerpted from the book "What It Takes To Be NUMBER ONE" by Vince Lombardi, Jr. and Mac Anderson it is reprinted here with permission. You may share this story as long as you do not edit the content, leave this link and resource box intact. http://www.SimpleTruths.com

Mac Anderson is the founder of Simple Truths, a company dedicated to publishing great gift books that reinforce core values. Mac also founded Successories, Inc. the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition.

Mac regularly speaks to corporate audiences on a variety of topics, including leadership, motivation, and team building. Mac has written three books and co-authored 5 more. All are available at www.simpletruths.com

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