Becoming Part of the Solution, not Part of the Problem

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with the results that Urban Meyer has produced while coaching college football (and believe me, that was hard to write, as an alum to one of his former rivals). According to his Wikipedia page, Myer has won 154 games over his 14 years of division I coaching, while only losing 27. His teams have finished in the Associate Press top 25, 11 of those 14 years, while finishing in the top 10 six times. He is also one of only a few coaches who has led two teams to National Championships (Florida twice, and Ohio State once).

Last year Meyer gave a speech to a group of young football players. In that speech he shared part of his recipe for success. When he’s asked what separates great teams from good teams, he says that great teams have people that are all bought in, and that from top to bottom the organization is filled with people who “are part of the solution, not of a part of the problem.” He believes that one simple principle is what propelled his 2014 team to a National Championship.

No matter who you are, or what teams you may be a part of, at some point things are not going to go as planned. Adversity will strike, and it will be easy to start pointing fingers and becoming a part of the problem. Great team members realize that they have a choice to make; they can either become a part of the solution, or they can become part of the problem. People who choose to become part of the solution quickly realize that it does no good to complain, bicker, or engage in gossiping. Rather they put the good of the team/organization first, and commit to do anything they can to help resolve the issues at hand, while putting their self-interests at a backseat to the team. I would encourage you to recognize these opportunities, and to choose to become part of the solution.


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