Remember, results are not the criteria….

Remember, results aren’t the criteria for success — it’s the effort made for achievement that is most important. 

~~John Wooden

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2 Responses to Remember, results are not the criteria….

  1. gwkessler says:

    I am missing “permanent” or “contineous” for the efforts as well sustainable for the long term success

    • I like the quote even though I wouldn’t subscribe to it completely as a stand alone quote. There are other things to consider as you noted. Also, effort alone doesn’t cut it. 100% effort on the wrong path can be a disaster. Yet, effort often makes the difference between success and middle of the road performance or even failure. The quote also points out that results alone are not the true criteria for success. As you note, Dave, how you get the results are important too. Too many leaders get short term but unsustainable results and get promoted only to leave their department in shambles. If I dare to add to the great Coach Wooden, I might say “Remember, results aren’t the criteria for success — it’s how you get the good results (including effort) that is most important.”

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