What could be bigger than winning? This:
Professional baseball manager, Clint Hurdle, lead his team to its first play-off appearance in 21 years. When he spoke about why he joined what many would have regarded as the “lowly” Pittsburg Pirates, he replied: “I didn’t come here to have a winning season. I came here to be a small part of something that’s both very special and significant.”
What’s the difference when winning is the end game…versus dynamics where winning is the outcome of something loftier? People who are on teams that deliver sustained, high-performance know the answer.
It’s about purpose. It’s a mindset. It’s the loss of self via a focus on one team. It’s about winning in a way that creates more wins.
There’s no substitute for winning. And this is a reminder to all of us (we’re all members of some team) that in our pursuit of “just win” we might be cheating ourselves of something even grander: personal fulfillment. Winning and the significance of realizing our potential are two distinctly different things.
What’s your team doing that’s significant?