If you know me, you know that I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan. I try not to bring my passion for Philly sports into my posts too much, but I am always looking for leadership examples. I look to the movies, to television, and of course to sports. Last year I wrote a blog about the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly. You can read that post here.
Chip Kelly talks a little different than most coaches in sports. He talks less about X’s and O’s and more about personal responsibility, character, and leadership. He runs his teams like a CEO should run an organization. A recent quote from Chip Kelly really stood out to me:
He said: “Everybody has the same amount of time during the day and you can either spend your time or invest your time. We all have 24 hours in the same day… If you want to go play video games and watch TV and do all those other things, you’re going to get beat out by the guy who is doing the little things that are going to make the difference between making the team and not making the team.”
He continued: “Every action you have has consequences to it. They can be positive or they can be negative. If at the end of the day your goal is to make this football team or your goal is to be a starter or your goal is to be an all‑pro, you have a say in that matter.”
Chip Kelly talks about investing in yourself, which jumped out to me because of what we do at SOS Leadership. When someone works with us they are investing in themselves. We believe that an investment in yourself is the most valuable investment you can ever make. It certainly can have the biggest return.
How are you investing in yourself?
How are you growing as a leader?
Are you investing your time in just spending it?
These are great questions to reflect on this week. You must invest in your own personal growth because if you don’t grow, you go!