The Will To Win Speech
By Vince Lombardi
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t winonce in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do themright all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, andthat’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay,and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowlgame, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always hasbeen an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win,and to win.
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from theground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch ofhim has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got tobe smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve gotto play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re luckyenough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never goingto come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind oforganization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles arethe same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that soundshard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitivegames draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete.To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is towin fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run,deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. Thereis something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harshreality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man orthat men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believein human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, thegreatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he hasworked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field ofbattle – victorious.
Thank You Tony