TCU Legend LaDainian Tomlinson: Success Secrets in Work and Life

What are the secret ingredients to a successful personal and professional life? How do we cut through the noise and the naysayers to stay focused on our goals?

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU Hall of Famer and the NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher, spoke to the TCU Alumni Association in Dallas on Friday.

Here are just a few key insights from LT’s Q&A:

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How To Collaborate Like The Beatles

Spring, 1967 – Abbey Road, Studio Two

As even casual Beatles fans know, Paul McCartney’s lyrics lean towards glass-half full optimism: “It’s getting better all the time,” “I’ll follow the sun,” and “We can work it out!”

Paul supplied an upbeat, hopeful lyrical ethos to the greatest selling band of all time. John Lennon, on the other hand, was a bit of a cynic…

This juxtaposition and the beauty of its outgrowth is wonderfully illustrated on the first day of recording “Getting Better” on March 9, 1967.

As McCartney tells it: “I was sitting there doing, ‘getting better all the time’ and John just said in his laconic way, ‘It couldn’t get no worse’ and I thought, ‘Oh, brilliant!’ This is exactly why I love writing with John…It was one of the ways we’d write. I’d have the song quite mapped out and he’d come in with a counter-melody…”

Paul sang, “It’s getting better.” John sang, “It couldn’t get no worse.”

The yin and the yang. Partly sunny and partly cloudy. Jab, Hook, Repeat.

Collaboration at its finest.

What can we learn from one of music history’s most prodigious examples of teamwork and how can we apply it in our own lives?

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3 Things I Learned from Gary Player

Gary Player, winner of nine majors (including the 1961, 74 and 78 Masters Tournaments), and one of only five golfers to ever win the Career Grand Slam, has collected his own “Ten Commandments” about work, life and relationships.*

As we celebrate Masters Weekend, revisit these time-tested insights about work and life from one of golf’s living legends.

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Who’s Your Cornerman? [2 of 3 Part Series]

Yesterday, we discussed the importance of having a coach to help you discover, grow and focus your natural talents.

Today, we’ll discuss a second reason why having a coach is invaluable to your work, relationships and overall well-being.

Instead of Obi-wan coaching Luke in the far corners of the galaxy, let’s consider another coach in another type of corner.

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3 Things I Learned from the Timely Life of Aaron Dennison

The ingenuity and cleverness of our forefathers and foremothers never ceases to amaze.

Aaron Lufkin Dennison, one of our many ground-breaking American pioneers, was recently highlighted on Steven Johnson’s super cool show, “How We Got To Now.” Dennison’s ability to see two different things and combine them with a slight twist is an excellent example for all who create and innovate.

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Is Your Definition of Entrepreneurship the Same as Gallup’s?

According to “Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder,” Gallup defines entrepreneurship as “the art of turning an idea into a customer.”

I think Bezos, Ford and Drucker would probably agree.

With technology changing how we work and live more rapidly than ever before, our need to harness entrepreneurial talent is urgent. Jim Clifton, Gallup Chairman, concisely presents the high stakes of getting our country’s entrepreneurial act in order.

Simply put, we need to start and grow more successful businesses.

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