Jan Scruggs
Memorial founder

Jan Scruggs

Founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.


Rocky Bleier: Success begets success

Q: Does success breed success? Are people more likely to succeed if they wind up with a successful organization like the New York Yankees or performing beside stars such as Derek Jeter? How often does the expectation and aura of success become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Rocky Bleier is someone who believed so strongly in his own success that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. He was drafted into the Army during his rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After being seriously wounded by a grenade in Vietnam in 1969, he was told by doctors that he would never recover enough to play professional football.

But he was determined to succeed and had faith that he would. He returned to Steelers training camp a year after his injury, but he could barely walk without pain. He spent two years trying to earn a place on the team, and by 1974 he was in the starting lineup. Rocky ended up with three Super Bowl rings and an excellent career playing in the NFL.

"Success begets success," he said over lunch recently. Success gives us all confidence that we can struggle and succeed again. And, yes, being on a winning team does bring out better performance.

By Jan Scruggs  |  November 5, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  | Category:  successful connections Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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