Monday, February 6, 2012

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary"

Hello every one!  Last night’s super bowl was a dreamer’s playground, with underdogs taking home the winnings. You know what those football players physical and mentally went through during, preparation for the game, and during the actual fight for the title, is in essence what all we dreamers go through.  We have a playing field, opponents, great moments and moments where we wonder if a bad decision will cost us the success we hoped to achieve.
In honor of their win last night the winning team was presented not “a” trophy but, The Vince Lombardi trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football’s league championship game, the Super Bowl.
Son of an immigrant Italian butcher, Vince Lombardi the guy in which the Super Bowl trophy was named after, transcended the game which made him famous and which he, in turn, honored with the genius that he brought to it.
But his road to success was like any other dreamers, full of pot holes and unbelievers. Lombardi, a hard worker, pursued his dreams with all his might. He said “The only places success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
 Discovering that he was a good teacher and an even better coach, Lombardi made the moves he was supposed to make, working as an assistant under the legendary Red Blake at Army, then as an assistant with the New York Giants in the 1950s.
But no one offered him a top job.
So he was 46 before the Green Bay Packers, a faltering team in a small, cold town, finally offered him control of his own professional football team.
By then, he was ready!
 "Lombardi" chronicles how long and hard this kid from Brooklyn had to fight before he even got the chance to show that he was one of the best coaches ever.

Lombardi identified and developed what became the hallmark of his great teams……simplicity and execution. He developed a reputation for being a tireless workaholic. During his five years as assistant coach in the NFL for the New York Giants he helped lead them to five winning seasons, culminating with the league Championship in 1956
Lombardi became a hot commodity in the coaching arena, accepted the head coaching position and signed five year contract with the Green Bay
Packers in January 1959. From the beginning Lombardi established himself as a coach firmly in charge. He conducted grueling training camps and demanded absolute dedication and effort from his players. His hard –edged style turned the Packers into the most envied and successful frachise in the 1960’s, leading them to five NFL Championships, including victories in Super Bowl I and II, and solified Lombardi’s status as the greatest football coach in history
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

Be inspired, work hard and play with all your heart on the field of dreams, and remember……
“You can and you will be all that you dream to be!”


  1. Sorry this was not up earlier this morning I was having issues with my blogger account but its fixed now!Hope you enjoy.

  2. OK...I'm gonna comment even though i'm a Huge Chicago Bear fan and Green Bay is our arch Rival....LOL...j/k...Much respect for Vince Lombardi! Vince died way too young of Colon Cancer in 1970 at the age of 57...another interesting fact is when he was an assistant coach for the Giants he ran the Offense and another soon to be Head coach Tom Landry(Dallas Cowboys) ran the defense! To relax he also read Cookbooks,but didnt cook! I found that one funny. He also had a Gay brother(Harold) Harold & Vinces wife hung out alot and really enjoyed eachothers company! He was good friends with General Douglas MacArthur! Everything you said is true but when you dig deep you find out that this great man was human,just like you and me....and EVERYBODY has greatness in them! Great Job as usual,Sammy

  3. I love the fun fact about reading cook books. I try to steer away from anything that I think is not vital in encouraging my readers but your take on showing these other facts to show how he was like you and me is a good thought. And your right Sam we all have greatness in us sometimes we just need something or someone to stir it up!
    sorry it took so long to get back to your comment I am fighting a sore throat that has turned into strep :( keep me in your prayers and thanks for reading Buddy.

    1. You're always in my prayers.....Sorry about your strep...I hope you went to the Doc for antibiotics! Doesnt it figure,we are going back in the studio to record the second half of our CD and I get my first cold/sore throat of the season! LOL....Such is life.....Talk to you soon my friend! :)