How do you define and measure success? 

Your answer to that question is going to impact your ability to build your potential more than anything else. 

And, it’s going to play a huge role in your ability to be a leader and a great teammate. 

Continuing our series that touches on 21 ways you can, and should, be a great teammate is #4: Pursue Excellence.

#4: Pursue Excellence

Each day, it’s important to wake up and strive to be better today than you were yesterday. Identify what you need to work on to get better and focus on improving each day. Don’t settle for average. Instead, chase greatness. Realize that everyone wants to do what the great ones do but very few are willing to do what they did to become great. Be willing. Be humble and hungry. Pursue excellence. To help yourself and your team, implement the 1 percent rule, which says that a little more time, energy, effort, practice, focus, and care can bring big results. If you can push yourself to give just 1 percent more during each practice, each game, each film session, each class, each homework assignment, and each project, over time you will see big results (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 52). Wiley. Kindle Edition).

We are want to be successful, right? I have never met someone who didn’t want success, and I bet you haven’t either. 

Here’s the thing, though – how do you define success? If you ask 10 people for their definition of success, you are probably going to get 8-10 different answers. Everybody wants to be successful, but very few people define success consistently. 

Exploring a healthy, lasting definition of success is a big topic that deserves its own series, but for today, pursuing excellence is a great place to start in your definition of success. 

Sit with the quote above for a while. Think about it and let it resonate. 

If you want to be a great teammate, you need to help your team understand what success is and how to pursue it. But, you can’t help your team if you don’t have a good definition of success yourself. Pursuing excellence is a great place to start as you lead your teammates to success, and most importantly, it’s a great place for you to start as you strive to become better today than you were yesterday.

This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11.

  1. #1: Sweat More
  2. #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
  3. #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry

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