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The most committed wins

When it comes to winning, having talent is always the first ingredient. Unfortunately, though, we have all witnessed talented people and/or teams lose.

Discipline is another hallmark of well-run organizations and teams. However, discipline alone may work in the army but not in the fast-changing world of business.

The third key ingredient to ensuring success is commitment. So often, commitment breaks down, and so does the organization. I will often recommend a more committed player over a simply gifted one. I can work with people who have the commitment to be great.

Here are some things you should look for to determine commitment:

  • Past experience of grit and determination
  • Team sports
  • Military service
  • Tenure in positions
  • Verifiable references of performance
  • People who are their own harshest critic
  • People who don’t like to lose (they are different than people who enjoy winning)
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Passion
  • A history of volunteering for projects
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Enthusiasm and a track record of success
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