I don’t want any outside help.
That comment summarizes the attitude that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has about seeking the help of a “quarterback guru.” As Stafford said, “It’s not something that I feel would be my style or beneficial to me.”
Stafford’s indifference to seeking help puts him in the mainstream of many successful people. One of the characteristics that achievers demonstrate is an ability to go their own way and figure things out for themselves. But, as my friend Marshall Goldsmith reminds us in his book, What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There, too often high achievers fail at the highest level, not because of their intellect, but because of their ego. It is simply too big to allow anyone – or anything – else inside.