In case you didn’t hear, yesterday a legend in the sports world passed away.
Joe Paterno was the head coach for the Penn St Nittany Lions for 46 years… 46 very successful years.
He was with the university for a total of 61 years.
Joe Pa wasn’t perfect (none of us are) , but there are still things we can glean from his life…
1. Dedication is essential to success.
Joe Paterno was dedicated to the Penn St football program. His 40+ years proved that he believed commitment was important if he wanted to win. He was committed to building excellence and being a part of it… He never quit.
2. Be careful who you place around you.
Joe Paterno’s greatest tragedy was having people around him that would eventually ruin his reputation. Did Joe Pa handle him perfectly? Probably not, but he allowed Jerry Sandusky to stick around and have his name attached. Those around you will help or hurt you… Guaranteed!
3. Invest in others.
Joe Pa invested in other people. He sought to make the people around him better. The student athletes that he coached in his 40+ years will vouch for the fact that he made a difference in them… even beyond their time on his team.
What other things can we learn from Joe Pa?