What I learned about excellence from Nick Saban, coach of 5 time national champions, the Crimson Tide

At 11 years old, a boy went to work at his father’s small-town West Virginia service station. “There was a standard of excellence, a perfection.” If any car he washed ended up with water streaks, the boy was demanded to start over from the beginning and wash it again. The standard of excellent taught him how to do things correctly the first time. To value time. To not half-ass. To do his best. To pay attention to detail.

Later in life the boy became an extraordinary college football coach. The discipline his father drilled into him was passed down to his players year after year. His team became one of the most winning teams in college football. His college football teams have won 205 games (with only 61 losses) and 5 national championships. His name is Nick Saban, and his team is Alabama’s Crimson Tide. 

The lesson is:

Excellence comes from doing something over and over until it’s executed to perfection and never accepting less than your best.

2 thoughts on “What I learned about excellence from Nick Saban, coach of 5 time national champions, the Crimson Tide

  1. Another great post! I think we all do have time to do good work. It’s just that a lot of us have too much distraction in our world to see it, or in some cases we allow too many distractions to enter our life.

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