by Dana Cavalea November 09, 2017


I am back from Florida and ready to work!

My best days always start with writing my daily motivational message to my "team".

You guys are my team and I make it my mission each day to provide you with practical, easy to understand, usable content to maximize your day and daily performance!

I hope it is working!!

Today I want to talk about TEAM. When you talk about the word TEAM.. there is no way you can not speak of Legendary DUKE BASKETBALL Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

Although he has one of the more difficult names to pronounce in sports.. he is the ultimate symbol of TEAM UNITY and WINNING with scale. 


If you want to understand his philosophy, it is as simple as taking a look at your HAND.

5 Fingers symbolize the 5 playerson the court wearing a Duke uniform, and when those 5 players play together... they symbolize the squeezing of the hand.. or a FIST that becomes lethal. 

The FIST is his symbol for unity, teamwork, and "playing together"in order to win the game.

What if you were able to have a team around you to create the fist?

What if you were able to look left and then look right and see support to help you achieve your goals?

Physical Goals. Business Goals. Family Goals.

I was at dinner a few weeks ago with Mark Teixiera... and he asked me, "Dana.. who is on your team?"... 

This was a high impact question.. 

He later disclosed to me that he always had a small group of MEN that he would meetwith and speak with on a weekly basis to keep him focused and aligned towards his goals.

Now for those who know Mark, he is very Type A and family is always first. 

As a competitive baseball player at the highest level of the sport, he needed these MEN to keep him focused on his top priority, faith and family ALWAYS first, followed by his playing career.

He told me without this "TEAM" around him, an off-the-field- team, he would naturally lose his focus, over-focusing on baseball, leading him to negative results off the field.

You see, what many fail to realize is that you CAN NOT WIN ALONE.. 

No matter how big of an ego you may have, how much talent you may have, or how much passion you may have... winners realize they win with partnership. They win with team.

I have witnessed so many players and CEOs fail when they lack a TEAM APPROACH.

They become delusional; thinking they can go a lifetime winning alone. 

Today's message is about encouraging you to think about:

1. Who is on your current team?

2. Where do you come up short on a daily basis in regards to focus, accountability, and action?

3. Who can you add (or subtract) from your current team to be better with your focus, accountability, and action?

4. What stops you from doing this?

5. When will you make these "player" moves by?

Take action... build your team with the right players.. 

You can actually start becoming the General Manager of your personal team.. picking key players and positions that need retooling to help you change your game...

I will have you know this.. when you watch the video above.. you will learn that some of the most important teammates COACH K has are his daughters, his wife, and his mother prior to her passing...

One of the greatest Coaches of our era has a team.. 

Why don't you?




Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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