The Focus Of A Champion

Many would agree that in the world of professional basketball Michael Jordan is the greatest player to have ever played the game. What amazes me is his magnificent talent. Not many people could retire from the NBA, begin playing baseball, come back to professional basketball and still be at the top of their game. What he can do and has done for basketball is truly amazing.


There is another person in a similar profession that is truly amazing in his own right. A sport that is full of past and present heroes. A sport that is extremely competitive. That sport is stock car racing, and the person is none other than the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. Now, some would take issue with me if I said Dale Sr. was the greatest race car driver to ever get behind the wheel. This would put him in front of the Allisons, the Jarretts, the Pettys, the Bakers, the Wallaces and the list could go on and on. The reason I think Dale Sr. is a great champion is not just his talent behind the wheel, his passion for the sport, or his ability to win races seemingly with little effort. The reason I feel he is such a great champion is because of his focus when competing.


Dale’s last race, before he was tragically killed, was the 2001 Daytona 500. On the last lap he was just where he wanted to be – close to the front in third place. But he did something that most would consider odd for him, at 200 mph he began helping someone else win the race. He was known as The Intimidator, a fierce competitor but on this day he wanted to give his son, Dale Jr. and Michael Waltrip a chance to take home one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports. Instead of just focusing out of his windshield he also focused into the rear view mirror and out the back window. This allowed him to help his son and Michael break away a bit and battle for the win themselves.


Just like Dale Sr., in order for you to reach your goals personally, as well as professionally, you must stay focused.


If you would like to study further on this topic, this blog discusses insights to the story from the section “Hurdle #1 – The Focus Of A Champion” in my book 6 HURDLES TOTAL MASTERY GUIDE. Get your free copy today by clicking HERE




Jeff Earlywine is a business consultant, corporate trainer and international speaker. He has worked with 300 different organizations over 30 years. His driving, disciplined approach to raising standards of excellence has earned him the nickname “The Bar Raiser!”

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