There is Greatness
All Around You - Use it
Bob Richards - Pole Vaulter
(Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
There are many people who could be
Olympic Champions, All-Americans who have never tried. I'd estimate five
million people could have beaten me in the pole vault the years I won it,
at least five million. Men that were stronger, bigger and faster than I
was could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, never made the
feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground trying to get over the
Greatness is all around us! It's
easy to be great because great people will help you. What is fantastic
about all the conventions I go to is that the greatest in the business
will come and share their ideas, their methods and their techniques with
everyone else. I have seen the greatest salesmen open up and show young
salesmen exactly how they did it. They don't hold back. I have also
found it true in the world of sports.
I'll never forget the time I was
trying to break Dutch Warmerdam's record. I was about a foot below his
record, so I called him on the phone. I said "Dutch, can you help me?
I've seemed to level off; I can't get any higher." He said, "Sure, Bob,
come on up to visit me and I'll give you all I got." I spent three days
with the master, the greatest pole vaulter in the world. For three days,
Dutch gave me everything that he'd seen. There were things that I was
doing wrong and he corrected them. To make a long story short, I went up
eight inches. That great guy gave me the best that he had. I've found
that sports champions and heroes willingly do this just to help you become
John Wooden has a philosophy that
every day he is supposed to help someone who can never reciprocate; that's
When in college working on his
Masters' Thesis on scouting and defensive football, George Allen wrote up
a 30 page survey and sent it out to the great coaches in the country.
Eighty-five percent answered it completely.
Great people will share, and that is
what made George Allen one of the greatest football coaches in the world.
Great people will tell you their secrets. Look for them, call them on the
phone or buy their books. Go where they are, get around them, talk to
them. It is easy to be great when you get around great people.