Quality over quantity.

            We hear this all the time. It is one of the cornerstones of success in life and in business. The number of things you produce isn’t what’s important, it’s the quality of what you are producing that counts.

            That makes perfect sense. We all admire quality more. And even though anything of quality generally takes longer and is more expensive to produce as a result, most people want quality items not fast and cheap ones.

            That is true of products and of services to. Whatever business or walk of life you are in, the best way to go is always quality over quantity. It doesn’t matter how many, what really matters is how good.

            So it is always quality over quantity for true success right?

            Right. But sometimes wrong.

            Do you know who is the all-time leader in missed shots in the history of the NBA is? It’s not even close. He has a stunning 14,481 missed field goals. That’s over 1,000 more missed shots than the guy who is in second place. My goodness!

            Kobe Bryant.

            Bryant was one of the greatest NBA players ever. He ranks third all-time in points scored and is a legend in Los Angeles Lakers history.

          He only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone in career points scored. Abdul-Jabbar is sixth all-time in misses; Malone ranks fourth. Also among those in the top 10 in career misses are Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Of the top 30 on the missed shots list, all of them are either in the Hall of Fame or will be soon.

            Wayne Gretzky is the NHL’s all-time goals leader with 894. On the career shooting percentage list, The Great One ranks 43rd. Top three in shooting success are Craig Simpson, Charlie Simmer and Paul MacLean – really good NHL players, but they don’t get called “The Great One” like No. 99 does.

                                       “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

            Alex Ovechkin has a crack at beating Gretzky’s goals record in the next few years perhaps. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Know where Ovie ranks on the top shooting percentage shot in NHL history?

            I don’t know either. The list only goes to the top 250. Ovechkin’s career shooting percentage isn’t even among the top several hundred of all-time. How did he get to within shouting distance of Gretzky’s career goals record?


            The all-time walks leader among major league baseball pitchers? Again, no contest – the leader has 2,795. Nobody else has ever walked over 2,000 batters in a career for heaven’s sake. Who could that be?

            Nolan Ryan. By the way, he’s also the career strikeouts leader with 5,714. Nobody else has ever hit the 5,000 mark.

            Losingest pitcher of all-time in baseball? This guy has 315 career losses. My God that’s horrible! That’s 20 losses a year for more than 15 years, who did that?

            Cy Young. He’s also first all-time in career wins with 511. And the best pitcher award in baseball is named after him.

            I could go on here, but you get the point I’m sure. What Kobe Bryant, Wayne Gretzky, Alex Overckin, Nolan Ryan and Cy Young all have in common is greatness in their sport. What they also have in common in addition to their quality was quantity.

            Gretzky is the 43rd most accurate shooter of all-time. Ovechkin will be hard pressed to crack the top 300 by the time he’s done. But as Gretzky famously said, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

            Whatever you are trying to accomplish in your life, whether it’s personal or business, you should always strive for quality. Produce the best work you can, have high standards, and give the world you’re best. You – and the world – deserve that.

            But if you really want to be considered on of the all-time greats in your field, remember the lesson of Bryant, Gretzky, Ovechkin, Ryan and Young too. They are considered legends because they weren’t afraid to shoot either – or walk a guy – or lose a lot.

                            "If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks." - George Allen

            If you want to make more sales, make more calls. If you want to have more “hits” in life, make more losses. If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.

            Quality is what really matters, but quantity can lead to great things for you as well. Keep swinging. Don’t be afraid to miss. Don’t be afraid to lose so you can win.

            After all – even though four quarters are a lot easier to carry around than 100 pennies - if you need one dollar both of them still add up to a buck!

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