The Importance of Why

By May 17, 2019 March 17th, 2020 No Comments

Had a great time recently talking about life, football, and business with Steve and Chris from the vIQtory Sports podcast. And some Games of Thrones, too—although that part just really showed how bad I am at predicting how my favorite TV shows are going to end!


Both Steve and Chris were very accommodating during the podcast and had some pretty incisive questions about my neck-up approach to football and how that championship mindset helped me achieve the success I’ve had as CEO of Stacked Pickle.


You can check out our conversation below:


One thing that I really appreciated was when the guys reminded me of one of the most important lessons I learned while playing football at Rutgers under coach Greg Schiano:


When you’re communicating a plan to your team, the “why” is as important as the “what,” the “when,” and the “how.”


It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to your teammates, to your employees, or even just to your kids. You need to be able to explain why you’re the decision you’re going with.


If you need to reprimand someone, for example, you need to be able to tell them why you’re doing it. Because if you don’t, you’re not giving them a real chance to learn from their mistakes and do better in the future.


Conversely, if you’re going to praise someone, you need to tell them why, too, so they understand what it is they did right and how that can help them and your organization succeed.


And the “why” is equally, or perhaps even more, important in your own personal life.


There’s this saying that goes, “The key to success is knowing your ‘why.’” It simply means that in order to succeed, you need to identify what it is that drives you towards success.


For me, that “why” is family; there’s nothing better than going home at the end of a hard day at work, and hearing the word “Daddy!” escape my kids’ lips.


And for all the fathers out there, the ones who recognize fatherhood as the greatest responsibility and opportunity to serve, I bet they know exactly what I mean.

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