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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough.

There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players.

I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business.Athletic toughness encompasses the following five characteristics.Tough players work at practice. When they tie up their shoes and step across that line for practice, they are ready to work.