What I Learned About Work From My Dad and the Green Bay Packers

Sarah Browne and her dad
Sarah Browne

I still spend every Sunday with my father. Together, we curse and shriek at the TV. Dad is usually enjoying a PBR. Probably more than one, if the Green Bay Packers win. Or if they lose.

Despite the fact that my Dad has long been cheering from the Great Fifth Quarter in the sky, Game Day will forever be our special father-daughter tradition. He is in my heart and soul always, but especially during The Season.

This special bond is the norm back in Wisconsin where football is the tie that binds the generations; the conversation that lasts beyond a lifetime. Like bubblers, secret Thanksgiving recipes (all of which include beer), and a contempt for Da Bears, our life's lessons come from watching our Midwestern work ethic play out every Sunday.

The lessons I learned from my father, heavily laced with a dose of Coach Vince Lombardi, set the tone for my career. The passion for work, the power of commitment, the perseverance; these are the teachings that gave me the confidence to pursue my professional dreams.

Every time I drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, I still pinch myself. How could this shy, awkward kid from Milwaukee be living in San Francisco? Or in Manhattan? How could this geeky girl be working with giant global companies, starting my own, playing in the big leagues?

Because "Coach Dad" in tandem with Coach Lombardi inspired me, no compelled me, to make it happen.

To inspire you on this Father's Day, here are ten of my favorite teachings of the great Green Bay Packers Coach:

"Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is."

"Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate."

"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."

"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society."

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."

"If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

"It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner."

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

Do you and your Dad share a favorite passion that inspired your job? I'd love to hear about it in the Comments.

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