How many sports stories do you hear that end once the athlete wins the big game or achieves their goal of making it onto the championship team. The problem with these stories is that they end once the big game has been played or the athlete makes the team. It’s like the big game was the peak of the athlete’s career and their story ends once the game is over. You hear about the hard work and talent it took to win the championship but is that really where their story ends? After hearing one of these stories do you ever feel like this may only be the point where the athlete’s real story begins… but their full life story is rarely told and you’re left hanging, wondering what this success in sports will mean later in the athlete’s life. Entrepreneur shows the reader what happens when a determined athlete looks at their retirement from sports as the beginning of their career instead of the end.
Does an athlete’s willingness to work hard to succeed in sports end once they stop playing or can the values that brought their success in sports be used to achieve even greater things later in life? Does their success end once their athletic skills begin to fade or can they convert these values into entrepreneurial values that become a springboard for other things? The problem with most sports stories is that the story ends when the game is over. George Tinsley’s story begins as a sports story but ends as a success story about business, community and family.
To reach a high level of success in sports an athlete has to bring more than skill to the game. They have to learn the value of hard work and determination, risk taking and the ability to overcome obstacles. These values are similar to the entrepreneurial values they will need to succeed in business in the next stage of their career. Unfortunately, not all athletes are able to convert their success in sports into entrepreneurial success. For some athletes, their entrepreneurial values seem to fade along with their athletic skills. Some professional athletes are able to convert the values of hard work and determination that brought success in their athletic career into stepping stones that will further propel them into successful careers as businessman and entrepreneurs. Because most people understand the work it takes to become a great athlete, George Tinsley’s life story provides an example of how anyone can apply these values in their own life.
George Tinsley’s sports story is a great one… but his life story is even greater. He has accomplished many things in his life. Today, George Tinsley owns and operates almost eighty restaurants and other businesses. He has had an exciting life as a NCAA basketball champion and professional athlete and Kentucky Wesleyan College has acknowledged his accomplishments by awarding him an honorary PhD. But these accomplishments understate his poor beginnings and the improbable journey his life has taken. His story is highly motivational, but more importantly it tells the reader, there is no secret to success, just a set of entrepreneurial values that anyone is able to learn and apply in their own life.
Each chapter of Entrepreneur describes one of these entrepreneurial values and explains why it is important to success. The chapter then presents another portion of George Tinsley’s life, demonstrating how the value was learned or the role it played in his success. Because his life is presented in context, the reader will be able to see how these values were applied consistently throughout his life. Success comes from applying these values over and over throughout life.