It starts in sports, where we train and indoctrinate the young.

It starts in sports, where we train and indoctrinate the young.

“It’s all about team.”

“Just give it your best.”

“Remember, it’s a game. The important thing is to have fun.”

“Just enjoy the beautiful, sunny day.”

“You get an A for effort.”

Some of them turn pro.

“Yeah, I had a great game, but I wouldn’t have won without my team.”

“We really gave it 110 percent today and left it all on the field.”

“We having fun out there right now, and that’s why we’re winning.”

“They say this kid is lightning quick and has a sunny future.”

“Bottom line – we didn’t bring our A game.”

Success on the field encourages some to enter new arenas, such as business.

“We’re outside the box and have rightsized the hierarchy. We don’t get hung up on titles, corner offices or org charts. Really it’s just a big team here.”

“These are tough challenges. Everyone has to give 110 percent and do more with less while we organically grow the business.”

“I decided to pursue other opportunities because it just wasn’t fun any more.”

“We think we have righted the ship and have the wind to our backs, as we make dynamic, impactful decisions to robustly enhance shareholder value, even in the face of occasional cross-currents and headwinds.”

“We expect our people to bring their A game every day. Failure is not an option.”

Success in business convinces some that it’s time to run for office.

“That other team is evil.”

“I think the government should be run like a business and balance its books like Mom and Dad do sitting down the kitchen table. If businesses can give 110 percent, so can the government.” (Note: Run, quickly, from any candidate promising to bring the efficiencies of the private sector to government. He is either looking to fleece the taxpayers or hasn’t spent more than 10 minutes in business. The Learjets are just a start.)

“This isn’t fun and games, you know.”

“Budgetwise, what we have here is a perfect storm.”

“Although my esteemed colleague is understandably working hard for the interests of all stakeholders, I must respectfully suggest he hasn’t fully come to grasp the grave implications of the ill-advised policy he advocates. It saddens me to say this, but he needs to do his homework and bring his A game before we can make substantive progress on this particular issue.”

Sometimes they accomplish something.

“This was a home run for the American people.”

Sometime they don’t.

“Are we having fun yet?”

It’s the cycle of life.