Al Davis: ‘Just win, baby’

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After Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died in October 2011, a business owner and blogger recalled watching an interview with New York Giants coach Bill Parcells, who told how he’d faced a spate of injuries in his first season.

When Davis, his mentor, called to check in, Parcells ran through a litany of woes, ending with: “Al, I am just not sure how we can win without so many of our best players. What should I do?”

To which Davis replied: “Bill, nobody cares. Just coach your team.”

Lesson: The world is right not to care. A great reason for failure won’t save one dollar for your investors, one job for your employees or win you one new customer. It won’t make you feel any better when you declare bankruptcy.

Just win.

— Adapted from “Nobody Cares,” Ben’s Blog, http://a16z.com.

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