The following are Leadership Lessons That Mist Be Learned according to Herm Edwards. All quotes are from Coach Edwards.
“The only thing you can control, you be ready to go…” Take Personal Responsibility For Your Preparation
There Is A Limited Amount Of Opportunity. Take Advantage Of It. – “1,900 football players are professional football players. That’s it.”
Talent Is Never Enough – “Right now they got more experience than you. Nothing you can do about that.
You might have more talent but they have more experience.”
Providing For Your Family Is A Privilege – “It’s not a right but a privilege to play and coach in the National Football League.”
Unto Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required – “Talent, expectations, and production can sometimes be a curse. You’ve got so much talent you don’t live up to it.”
God Gave You Your Talent – “Talent, you didn’t earn it. God gave it to you.”
“You got talent but does the production equal the talent?..If you’re not a productive player then it becomes a curse.” Parable, of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30.
Don’t Waste Your Talent – “You’ve got an opportunity. Don’t waste your talent.”
“Expectations. A goal without a plan is a wish…What’s your plan to be a professional football player?” Take time now, to make a plan for your future, your career, your family.
“Nobody’s going to play for you. Nobody’s going to practice. You got to do that. You got to do all the work.” You won’t just happen to fall into your ideal future. You need to present it to God. Take time to listen to Him, ask Him what are the plans. Then prepare!
“This is where young players struggle. Priorities. Your habits create who you are.” Habits are serious. Little ones or big ones, they all shape you.
“If you’re not willing to change your habits, you’re not changing.” Be a change agent not just with your work or ministry, but with yourself.
“My priorities are real simple – My Faith. My Family. My Occupation.”
“When you leave this room today there are cameras watching you wherever you go.” You Are Always Being Watched. You are part of a larger team and we were paid for with a huge price. We are not our own. 1 Cor. 7:23
“It’s embarrassing (when a player gets in trouble).” Immature Behavior Is Embarrassing
Your Immature Behavior Affects All Of Us – “You think it only affects you. It affects everybody.”
“You think, ‘I’m all this.’ You ain’t all that.” Stay humble.
“When you get that jersey it’s rented. When you come out of the league they’re going to take your name off and give somebody else your number.” Lead and manage with an open hand.
“Everything you do on the field, and now off the field, it becomes news.” You Have More Influence Than You Know
“Nothing good happens after 12:00 o’clock…After midnight, something bad’s going to happen.” Don’t allow yourself to get into any compromising positions. Live above reproach.
“You get one girlfriend OR you get one wife. You can’t have both.” Stay faithful to your spouse.
“If you play for the Dallas Cowboys and you go to Philadelphia, you still got that one girlfriend or that one wife. Don’t screw that up.”
“You’ve been told.”