Sadly, NHL Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay passed away today at the age of 93.
Remembered by many, for his courageous efforts to break ground in forming the first NHL Players union and, always, for his devotion to Detroit and the Red Wings franchise.
Terrible Ted, dubbed by Wayne Gretzky as being “the nicest man in hockey” once said, “You won however you won,. Whether it meant I had to go through you, over you, whether I had to cut you, or whatever it took to win, that was my desire.” Ted Lindsay, beyond the four time Stanley Cup wins, lived a life of winning and died winning still.
Taking a moment to reflect on the life of this remarkable man, we thought we would look at some words of wisdom from Ted Lindsay and what they can teach us about living a fulfilled and winning life.
I had the idea that I should beat up every player I tangled with and nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea. –
Stand firm in your own beliefs. To hell with impressing anyone else at the sacrifice of one’s integrity. Swaying for the sake of pleasing another person or group is a sure path to an unhappy life. The only approval you need is your own.
Some nights, I was so good that I could have become an egotist. –
An air of confidence can be a big asset. Take it in the wrong direction, though, and you might find yourself, instead, to be a big ass. Basically, check yourself before you wreck yourself. Life works best when played like a gentleman.
Looking back, I’ve never had one regret. –
Living a life with purpose leads to a life fulfilled. A focused mindset and clearcut value system defines direction. It’s harder to get where you’re going when you don’t have a clue as to where it is you’re supposed to be heading. And nobody wants to be 93 years old, thinking about missed opportunity and broken dreams.
I always believed if you take care of your body, it will take care of you. –
Really, though, if you don’t have your health, you won’t have much else. Healthy living is such a basic concept, yet so many people neglect it. A person’s health has such an effect on their quality of life and happiness, it only makes sense to do all we can to promote that. Exercise, healthy eating and getting enough sleep should be high on everyone’s list of priorities.
I played the game the way I wanted to play it. I played it to win. There was no friends on the ice. They’re all enemies. –
Please yourself first. Live life on your own terms. Don’t mix friends with business. You can take away a lot from this one.
Taking care of yourself leads you to better take care of those around you. It’s often either forgotten or brushed aside but is an easy way to add balance to our lives and reduce stress.
Living life with a set of defined terms makes the path that much clearer. Bending for others, at times, may be necessary but sacrificing belief can only lead to to a life unfulfilled.
As far as mixing friends with business goes, I think we all know how that plays out. I still haven’t forgotten about that $350.00, Dave!
In those days, a winger stayed on his wing. –
If you’ve got a job to do, do it right. Whatever the task at hand, one should be learned, capable, and focused. Giving 100% of your abilities and devotion to a project will surely be recognized and rewarded.
When I played hockey, the only thing I had was effort. Talent I lacked, but effort I had. –
Simply put, put in that work. There’s no surer road to success than paving it with pure blood, sweat and tears. Without a little drive, you won’t be getting far. Winston Churchill, himself, said it trumps both strength and intelligence. We’re talking the American dream!