There must be some reason why some entrepreneurs outperform others.
Recently, I’ve was captivated by Jerry Jones induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I’ve been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since prior to grade school.
When I was a child, it was just something about the blue star, the virtues and character of Coach Tom Landry, the players “Too Tall” Jones, Randy White, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, and Drew Pearson.
I was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, before former player Walt Garrison, who was the grand marshal of a parade I attended, spoke to me. It was a rainy day on a crowded street of people who were watching the parade. My dad was holding an umbrella over my head when Walt Garrison said to me “Hi young man. Are you dry under there?” This made my day, and I must have been no more than 3 or 4 years old.
It’s the rivalry between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys and watching almost everyone in my family cheer for the Redskins.
From long before the Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin years when they were winning championships to the current roster, I’ve enjoyed watching the Cowboys.
It seems I have watched practically every game of the Dallas Cowboys since I was a kid.
In fact, watching football on Sundays is something my grandfather, my dad, and I all did together when I was growing up. My son, Thomas, and I enjoyed watching football together immensely each week also.
I love the NFL because of the competition each week.
I’m always curious about what drives people to be their very best. Moreover, I’m always interested in studying what differentiates the people who are considered the very best of all time in their respective industries.
Of all the people that have become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no one has inspired me or captivated my attention like Jerry Jones’ induction.
Maybe it’s because he’s the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve always respected and admired the way he thinks as a marketer and a salesman. Plus, I appreciate his desire to win!
What Differentiates Jerry Jones Is His Entrepreneurial Spirit And Fortitude.
It’s Jerry Jones “Going all in” with his entire life’s savings to purchase the Cowboys, who were in dire financial straits and losing a million dollars a month. Plus, at one point the interest on the loans Jerry borrowed to purchase the Cowboys totaled $100,000 per day.
And then over time, Jerry turned the Dallas Cowboys into the most valuable sports franchise. Plus, the NFL has reached new heights because of his leadership, skills, and innovation.
But even more important than his entrepreneur abilities are his love of family, along with his respect and encouragement for everyone who crosses his path. This is evident by his entire family holding leadership positions within the Cowboy’s organization. And by the lessons, Jerry’s dad taught him. The phrase etched on his father’s grave is “You can walk with kings, but never forget the common touch.”
What Motivates And Inspires Entrepreneurs To Make Their Decisions?
As I learned more and more about Jerry Jones, it really got me thinking.
What is the drive and the determination that sets entrepreneurs apart from the way other people think?
Why would Jerry risk his life’s wealth on a purchasing a pro football team? Why would he risk failing and losing everything for which he had worked so hard? The answer may surprise you.
Jerry was already very successful before buying the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, he was so successful that members of his family would have benefited financially for generations.
What are the motivations, drive, and reasons, an entrepreneur would take this type of calculated risk?
Understanding this very thought process is fascinating to me!
What motivates over achieving entrepreneurs to constantly try to be the very best they can be while always striving to improve?
Mistakes happen, but it’s the act of doing that is most important. Jerry talked about during his hall of fame speech, “When times are tough you just keep on keeping on.”
Jerry Jones is an exceptional entrepreneur and the risk for the potential reward he took was extraordinary.
Many Highly Successful Entrepreneurs Think Similarly As Jerry Jones.
What drives entrepreneurs to be this way?
What is it about entrepreneurs that make them think so differently?
Is it the adventure and journey of working toward, achieving, and accomplishing their goals?
Is it the fear of failure? Fear of failure is something that even Michael Jordan talks about as his primary motivation to succeed.
Is it setting goals, believing in themselves, and then proving that they can achieve these goals?
Is it the freedom of controlling their own time?
What Drives Entrepreneurs To Structure Their Lives So Differently Than Most People?
Is it the relentless pursuit of serving and helping others?
Is it the financial rewards of owning a successful business?
What it is that sets entrepreneurs apart?
Why do they think the way they do?
Is it that they see solutions when others see problems?
Is it their love for life and trying to make the most of it?
Is it seeing a need and then trying to fulfill that need to help people?
Is it to make a difference in people’s lives?
Is it their pursuit of their legacy?
Why is it that ambitious entrepreneurs are always striving and pushing themselves to the next level?
For Jerry Jones, I believe, his primary motivation to purchase the Dallas Cowboys was to fulfill one of his life goals. In his early twenties, he almost bought the San Diego Chargers. He talked about buying a pro football team for the next twenty years until the Dallas Cowboys were for sale.
I’m not completely sure why entrepreneurs are wired so differently.
Personally, I believe it’s a combination of all of these factors that contribute to the entrepreneur’s DNA.
No matter the reasons, I’m just glad to be part of a group of highly motivated people, who excel in helping others, who think differently, and who call themselves an entrepreneur.
I am also grateful for Jerry Jones paving the way, setting and achieving the highest standards, and leading by example to inspire other entrepreneurs.
Soon, I’m starting a group of highly motivated and successful entrepreneurs. It’s called the Entrepreneurs Making An Impact Alliance. Click here to learn more and to get on the waiting list to receive advanced notice of when it’s available to join.
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