The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

Parker Klein ✌️
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3 min readAug 30, 2019


Start with a simple structure, a basic philosophy and then find the people that can implement it.

Do all the right things to precision and the score will take care of itself.

Believe perfection can be achieved and then achieve it.

Hate mistakes.

Strive to be perfect in games and in practice.

Test yourself and take yourself to new limits.

To succeed you must fail.

Intelligently and relentlessly seek solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment.

When knocked down you must get up. You must stand and fight.

You must start to plan again for the future. Overcome the failure.

Do expect defeat.

When things are at their worse, you are closer than you can believe from success.

Autonomy is the power to quickly make decisions.

Regardless of your job, it is vital to the organization that you do that job at the highest possible level at all aspects, mental and physical.

Good talent + bad attitude = bad talent.

Your beliefs will become characteristics of your team.

You must figure out what needs to be done and how to get it done.

Your philosophy is a conceptual blueprint for action. What should be done, when, and why.

Your philosophy is the single most important point on your leadership compass.

Exhibit a ferocious and intelligently applied work ethic directed at continual improvement.

Demonstrate respect for each person in the organization and the work they do.

Be deeply committed to learning and teaching.

Be fair.

Demonstrate character.

Show self control especially under pressure.

Demonstrate and praise loyalty.

Use positive language and have a positive attitude.

Take pride in your efforts separate from the outcome of your efforts.

Go the extra distance for the organization.

Put the team’s welfare and priorities ahead of your own.

Maintain an ongoing level of concentration and focus that is abnormally high and make sacrifice and commitment the organizations trademark.

Everyone is connected and has ownership over the organization.

Success and failure belongs to everyone.

Demand and expect sacrifice and success from yourself and your teammates.

Winners act like winners before they are winners.

Success doesn’t care what road you take to get to its doorstep.

Be bold. Remove fear of change from your mind.

Be obsessive about looking at the upside of the downside.

Welcome skeptics to your team.

Give ample praise to team members. It costs you almost nothing.

Make a plan before the pressure comes.

Be extremely prepared. Plan ahead.

You are not at your best under stress, anxiety, and fear.

The time to prepare is before all hell breaks loose.

Control what you can control. Let the score take care of itself.

In business every day is gameday.

Be the best version of yourself.

Be committed to excellence.

Be positive.

Good luck is a product of good preparation.

Believe in yourself.

Belief comes from expertise.

Know where you are going and how you expect to get there.

Flood your superiors with updates and documentation on what is happening.

Concentrate on what will produce the results rather than on the results. The process rather than the prize.

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Parker Klein ✌️

Codin' 👨‍💻 + oatin' 🥣. Formerly @Google @Qualcomm @PizzaNova. Building the best place to write *things* down: Twos (