“If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn’t mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they’ve given it their best. That’s a winner.”
– Walter Payton –
I was looking through some things on my computer the other day, and I stumbled across this quote I had saved some time back. Like many people, I admired Walter Payton. Not just for what he accomplished on the field, but for the way he went about his job. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons why the quote carried more significance for me, and why I kept it.
I never had the pleasure to meet him in person, but by all accounts, Walter Payton enjoyed life, enjoyed people, and enjoyed goofing around. He pursued a brutal training regimen, and missed only one game in his 13 year career. After his professional football career ended, Walter became a successful businessman, and started a foundation to benefit children. The list of accolades goes on and on, but I think I look at Walter’s on-field performance as my inspiration.
For those of you old enough to remember watching Walter Payton play football, you probably remember him as a power runner, not as an elusive scatback. His trademark moves were his high-step, stiff-arm, and goal line leaps; all moves of a power runner. More significantly, I remember his blocking, the way he bounced back up after being tackled, and the way he DIDN’T celebrate after scoring a touchdown. You would be hard pressed to know what point of the game Walter was in, because there wasn’t much change in his effort from the beginning of the first quarter to the end of the fourth. In every minute of every game he played, Walter gave his best effort.
As the chief operating officer for O’Hare-Midway Limousine Service, I try to follow Walter’s example every day. Giving my best will not only help me be successful, it will likely benefit my employees and our clients as well. By exhibiting a strong work ethic, I will instill the same in my employees. By having a staff of people giving 100% all the time, my clients benefit because the service they receive will be second to none. This is a win-win in the Chicago limousine market as I see it.