“You are only a success at the moment you perform the successful act. Then you have to go do it again.” – Phil Jackson

I came across this quote while watching “The Last Dance” with my two sons recently. The quote came from the former Chicago Bulls head coach after winning their second title. He’s right.  That’s the funny thing about success. You have to repeat it. Over and over and over again.

Now, some may see that as a burden, others a privilege and a challenge. I have found where you fall on that spectrum is a pretty strong determinant between winning and losing. The Last Dance has reminded me of just how much I learned about winning and success by watching the Bulls and Michael Jordan during my formative years. I didn’t realize it then, but the seeds of the deep appreciation I have for greatness and what it takes to make a team great were definitely sowed during that time. 

To say I was a fan of Michael Jordan and team falls woefully short of my feelings during the 90’s. I watched every game…I mean every game on WGN. I remember being mesmerized night after night at Jordan’s relentless approach to basketball and winning and just as importantly — losing. I started reading everything I could about “His Airness” and the team. There were countless articles about Jordan’s ferocious approach to every game and all games — basketball, baseball, golf, tiddlywinks. In watching the documentary with my boys, it dawned on me that watching and learning about Jordan instilled something in me, and I began to pursue my own version of winning in my life. As I have now played on many teams, and in particular, on my MemberClicks Team, I now have a deep understanding of what Vince Lombardi shared in his speech, “What It Takes to be Number One.”

“But I firmly believe that any person’s finest hour — his/her greatest fulfillment to all (s)he holds dear — is that moment when (s)he has worked his/her heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”

I think Lombardi and Jordan would’ve been friends. Because that’s exactly what it’s all about. Giving it your all to a cause and for a team that you believe in.  It doesn’t get much better than that. What’s the fruit from that labor you ask?  

  1. A deep sense of accomplishment
  2. A bond that will be very difficult to break
  3. Mutual respect
  4. Meaningful work

All of that? You get all of that?! Yes…and more. You know what’s funny about the above? Associations do this every day. You give it your all for a cause you believe in. You are typically underdogs fighting the good fight and that creates a special type of mentality that you don’t see in the for-profit world. This notion is exactly what inspires MemberClicks to do what we do…empower YOU to thrive through refreshing technology and a heart for service. We want you to win. And like Jordan, we will be relentless in our approach to ensure that happens.

Lombardi continued to write in his speech:

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

Let’s go out there today and win. Again and again and…  

Carpe associations!