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The title of “The Great One” is not given out lightly. Albert Einstein held the title for scientists and Jackie Gleason was given the moniker in the world of entertainment. In the 21st Century when we hear the term “That Great One” we generally think of hockey player Wayne Gretzky.

In 1988, just after he lead the Edmonton Oilers to a Stanley Cup victory, Gretzky was shopped to the Detroit Red Wings according to his autobiography, Gretzky: An Autobiography. But instead of heading to the Motor City he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

With a Stanley Cup championship ring on his finger, Gretzky was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. Not only did he achieve that great acclaim, the NHL has banned all teams from using his number, 99, for any other player in the future.

After his playing career, Gretzky became a business person. He became a partial owner of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes.

Gretzky was able to achieve his goals on and off the ice. It did not matter if he was the business owner, the hockey player or the family man he always set his sights on achieving his goals.

Explaining his motivation, however, he resorts to his beloved sport.

“You miss 100% of the shots,” he said “you never take.”

Realistically you may never be known as “The Great One” in your profession and your business may not have that title among your customers. Nonetheless it is incumbent upon you that when you see a potential shot you take it.

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by and used with their permission.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Business resources:

Small Business Administration in Detroit.

Detroit chapter of SCORE, pro bono business advisors.

Max Impact offers free business strategy and leadership development materials.

Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons, most from people in the Detroit area.

Books about developing your business.


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