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24 March, 2011 / Karl Maier

Play Sports or Watch Sports

Race Car Driver by Ford in EuropeWatching sports is fun, but playing sports is much better.

High performance teams are made up of competitors.  If you are hiring spectators, then you are not building a high performance team.  The point is not to necessarily to hire people who are super athletes, but to hire people who are super competitors.

People who want to play sports like to have goals, competition and teams.  These characteristics require drive in a person’s personality.  Typically, these type of people will accept coaching to improve themselves.  They will also see the value of training and being part of a team to achieve a goal.

A friend who is an avid car racer told me that he would “rather be a second-rate competitor than a first-rate spectator”.  That quote describes the person I want to hire.

 

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  1. Karl Maier / Mar 28 2011 11:41 am

    By the way, the actual quote is “I’d rather be a second-rate participant than a first-rate spectator.” Here it is in context:

    “I was alone in the car. I looked up at the grandstands and felt that same silly titillation that kids get when they peek through the curtain at the audience prior to their first school play. I was part of it. For better or worse, I was doing it, not watching it. I’d rather be a second-rate participant than a first-rate spectator, I thought to myself.” Sunday Driver: The Writer Meets the Road–at 175 MPH – Brock Yates

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1560255412/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0671668269&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=02HWXJ78WQB9DKD2T09J#_

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