THE ALL JOE TEAM
The "All Joe Team", that is the team I want to be on. Forget the rest – if I make this team, my heart is happy.
The "All Joe Team" was created by Larry Weisman a sports writer for USA Today. It is named in honor of Joe Phillips, a defensive tackle for 14 years for the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings before his retirement in 1999.
When Larry explained the "All Joe Team" he wrote:
"They asked Phillips to tie up blockers and let the linebackers flow to the ball, which he did. That's classic grunt work at one of football's truly thankless positions, where the results don't show up in individual statistics. Phillips didn't make a lot of tackles and he didn't have to. He fought off double-team blocks, refused to be moved from the hole and made it possible for the guys around him to perform heroics and look good.
The NFL's stars wouldn't succeed without the All-Joes around them. Those in the spotlight could never make the Pro Bowl without the guys who willingly attack the game's grittier tasks. Hence the All-Joe motto: "If you work hard, good things will happen... to someone else."
The football players on the "All Joe Team" won't make it to the Pro-Bowl in Honolulu but without their play, the players in Honolulu wouldn't be there. When Emmit Smith won his rushing title he bought his entire offensive line Rolex watches. He knew that without them he wouldn't be basking in the glory of end zone celebrations. It was an All Joe Team that made the holes for his runs.
In business, do you shoot for the All Joe Team or the All Star Team? I am not going to suggest to you that it is wrong to be dancing in the end zone and getting the glory. I will never imply that it is wrong to be on the All Star Team. We need both. But, if everyone shot for The All Stars, there would be no All Joes and thus The All Stars wouldn't be possible. Someone has to do the grunt work.
I recently was the guest speaker for a group professional speakers. The reason that they asked me to speak is that I speak more than the average professional speaker. This group has thousands of members who sit around and hope someone will book them to speak.
When they asked me how to fill up their calendar with speeches, I told them to pick up the phone and make phone calls, it was comparable to me telling them to walk across shattered glass. Not one got excited and said, "Yes! I am going to do that. I think I am going to work!" Instead, they said, "You don't understand how good a speaker I am. You don't understand how good a writer I am. Will you book me?" Not only did I not book meetings for them. I lost respect for them. I want to be friends with the All Joes.
With that said, if you work hard day after day and strive to become an All Joe – I assure you that you will eventually become an All Star. Then, after your hard work and dedication the spot light will feel so incredibly sweet.
At that time, enjoy the spot light but never forget it was the All Joe attitude that got you there. If for some reason, you never make the All Star Team – you can rest in your knowledge that you were on the All Joe Team, the hidden treasures that make The All Stars possible;
The life of Albert Einstein is one that would have fit perfectly in the All Joe Team. He never wanted the spotlight. When offered the Presidency of Israel he turned it down! Why? He was an All Joe. He wanted to make a difference in the field of science and did not want the spotlight to interfere with his purpose.
To become an All Joe , work hard and understand that this means others will get the spotlight because you will be one less person competing for it, but one of ones that made the spotlight possible.
But, don't be surprised if one day your work is noticed and you are asked to join the All Star Team. If so, I look forward to cheering for you as you strut your end zone dance in the midst of the well deserved spotlight. Don't ever give up, the seeds you plant, have to grow.
"Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow." -- Doug Firebaugh
"Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more." -- A. Lou Vickery
"Bigness comes from doing many small things well. Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions. Together, though, they add up." -- Edward S. Finkelstein
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author and Lecturer
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; Genius will not; Eduction will not; Persistence and determination are the engines that make everything else work.
- Calvin Coolidge
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves." -- Dale Carnegie
Life is a Process, not an Event. Inch by inch, it is a cinch.
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." -- Henry Van Dyke
"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson
On a parting note:
This guy was stickler for good spelling. So, when an associate e-mailed technical documents asking him to "decifer" them, he had to set his associate straight. He wrote, "Decipher is spelled with a ph, not an f. In case you've forgotten, spell checker comes free with your Microsoft program."
A minute later, he got this reply, "Mine must be dephective."
Have a great day!