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Success is a Choice

Mar 17, 2020

Michael Lombardi spent three decades in the NFL as an executive with the 49ers, Browns, Eagles and Raiders. From 2014-16 he was also an assistant to the coaching staff of the Patriots. In addition to his current work with The Athletic, he’s also worked for other media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, the NFL Network, and The Ringer. He is a frequent guest on talk shows, podcasts, and NFL shows. Lombardi worked alongside such NFL legends as Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh, and Al Davis. He and basketball coaching legend, George Raveling, provide daily insights through their site The Daily Coach. The former Cleveland Browns General Manager also hosts his own podcast "The GM Shuffle" with Adnan Virk, and co-hosts a Saturday morning sports betting program on Sirius XM for Vegas Stats & Information Network. In late 2018, Lombardi released Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL, featuring a foreword by Bill Belichick.

In today’s episode, we discuss:
  • Bill Belichick's secret sauce with the Patriots
  • What the best coaches do better than anyone else
  • How championship cultures are built
  • Whether a coach will be successful or not
  • Why teams like the Cleveland Browns are not successful
  • ... and so much more!!!


Resources, Books, and Links 

Daily Coach Website:

Daily Coach Facebook:

Daily Coach Twitter:  @TheDaily_Coach

Mike's Twitter: @MLombardiNFL

Mike's Instagram: @MLombardiNFL

Click here to listen to Mike's GM Shuffle Podcast

Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Building Teams and Winning at the Highest Levels by Mike Lombardi

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook for Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell  by Bill Campbell

Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .

Mike Lombardi in Action

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Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”

Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.