The following is a short book preview contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions
Don Yaeger, New York: Center Street (2011)
“Anyone seeking Greatness must understand that it is something truly unusual. Its uniqueness is part of what makes it so special – it is not something that is easily achieved because it is not something ordinary. It is available to each of us, but it is uncommon.
John Wooden once remarked to me, “If you didn’t have to work to get something, it probably wasn’t worth getting.” If Greatness were easy, it wouldn’t be Greatness – it would be the norm. Greatness reaches beyond the status quo. Greatness can be achieved only through sweat and struggle, because it is not something that happens automatically. Instead, we must actively seek it through an investment of time, effort, sacrifice, discipline, and dedication to our individual pursuit. Your Greatness will be different from mine, and mine is different from Coach Wooden’s. Greatness takes a unique form for every person (p. 4).”
Greatness is available from the OSU Leadership Center.
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