LESSONS FROM LEGENDARY FOOTBALL COACH EDDIE ROBINSON

Actualizing our dreams of prosperity and happiness takes coming together as a collective and propelling
each other forward. As a leader, you encourage others toward growth. You coach others toward
success. One coach with an amazing career of influencing people to become winners is renowned
college football coach Eddie G. Robinson,

Actualizing our dreams of prosperity and happiness takes coming together as a collective and propelling each other forward. As a leader, you encourage others toward growth. You coach others toward success. One coach with an amazing career of influencing people to become winners is renowned college football coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr. He coached one team, the Grambling State University Tigers for his entire career spanning more than 50 years. Not only that, he is recognized as having one of the best records in history! “Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.” Coach Robinson understood that in order to influence others to success, their future must be as important to you as your own. He acted this out through numerous counts of sacrifice and dedication. His is a good example of someone who saw his capacity for helping others and how his actions could shape students and lead them toward success.

Coach Robinson’s efforts were not just for the good feelings of it all. He actually won games. His philosophy of coaching with love produced results. His players didn’t just win on the field, either. Many of them went on to satisfying careers after college as well. He sought to “actualize” in a challenging time. Grambling State was a small all-black college in Louisiana, and his students did not have many opportunities ahead of them. In the face of this, he responded with more care, more effort, more love. Stories tell of him waking his students up for breakfast, packing lunches for away games and dressing injuries. When a parent pulled two of his best players to help pick cotton, Coach Robinson showed up with the entire team. They worked together for the entire day so his students could remain on the team. Robinson was able to turn such negative circumstances into positive ones. When he first started, his team lost their first season. He made cuts and recruited the talent he needed to turn around and produce a perfect 8-0 record for the next season. Under Robinson’s coaching, the Tigers had two additional perfect seasons and many championships. Robinson sent more than 200 of his players on to compete in the NFL, second only to Notre Dame. Upon retiring he accumulated 408 victories on the field. But to Coach Robinson, his biggest achievement was in the lives of his players.

What is the challenge or difficulty holding you back from actualizing your success? Eddie Robinson poured integrity and love into producing able and capable young black men in the face of segregation, prejudice, and racism for many years. Are you trying to win all on your own? Thankfully, you don’t have to! The brilliant vision of Gano Excel founder Mr. Leow Soon Seng incorporates network marketing so that each Affiliate is rewarded for being a part of a global team effort to spread health and wealth through its Ganoderma-lucidum-enriched products. Lean into what it means to be a part of a team, and soon you may find yourself leading and coaching one yourself.

Finally, in case you didn’t catch it, it’s worth noting Coach Robinson’s staying power. Winning certainly helped. But when he may have been tempted to move on to other opportunities, he didn’t. Certainly, in his 50 years and more than 400 wins, there were likely to have been some very attractive offers. He was proud to say upon retiring how proud he was to have had one job and one wife. His philosophy was that he found such joy and meaning in his role at Grambling State that it was never worth looking elsewhere for what he had already found. Loyalty undoubtedly pays off!