Vince Lombardi is one of the most famous football coaches and (arguably) Americans in U.S. History. He led the Green Bay Packers to victory in Super Bowls 1 & 2, and as a result the winner of the Super Bowl today receives the “Lombardi Trophy”. When discussing what it takes to be a champion and have success, Lombardi once said:
“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there”
Being a champion is hard enough, and though it is an objective of many, few ever reach that pinnacle. But even harder than reaching that echelon is remaining there. Human nature often allows us to relax and take a break after we have achieved something great. But as Lombardi points out, once you’ve won something of prestige and importance, a price to be paid still remains to retain that level of success going forward. Staying hungry is not easy, but it is fundamentally necessary to remaining successful over an extended period of time.