Winners Dream is more than an inspiring read – it’s a fundamental belief in the power of perseverance, work ethic, hunger and humility. There are many role models of the Winners Dream.
Hasso Plattner and his four IBM colleagues had good jobs and successful career outlooks. But for them it wasn’t enough. They saw an opportunity to move the world forward by helping businesses run better. It was a bold Dream that a new industry would be born on the shoulders of a small, fledgling German technology company. Today, thanks to the Winners who founded SAP, nearly 70% of the world’s transactions touch an SAP system, enabling a vision to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.
For young women around the world, the idea of a college education remains little more than a Dream. For Tammy Tibbetts, that Dream inspired her to start a new movement in communities worldwide. She’s the First is a fast-growing not-for-profit organization that supports young women who will be the first in their families to attend university. With more than 116 chapters, Tammy, her team and their supporters have already helped nearly 400 Winners take that decisive step toward changing their lives and changing the world.
Kevin Plank founded Under Armour, the iconic performance apparel company that sets the standard for innovation in 21st century sports. Like all Winners, Kevin’s journey started with a Dream: why can’t we make better apparel for athletes? The idea, the possibilities and the Under Armour brand all came together through Kevin’s incredible tenacity, grit and refusal to stop fighting for a better way. It’s only fitting that today millions of young people around the world rally around Under Armour’s famous ethos, “I WILL.”
As a young man in Sierra Leone, Kelvin Doe has done more to innovate for a better world than most people five times his age. Against the wishes of his protective mother, Kelvin would wake himself every night to work on assembling a radio out of raw materials he had gathered from nearby garbage piles. He had a very specific Dream – to help organize a better conversation and more engaging soundtrack for the people of Sierra Leone as a radio DJ. Against all odds Kelvin fulfilled his Winners Dream. Today, as DJ Focus, Kelvin has told his story of courage and innovation to audiences around the world.
"Bill McDermott has had a hugely successful career – from Xerox to SAP. In this very human book, he describes the secrets that led to this success."
Executive Chairman, Jack Welch Management Institute; former Chairman and CEO, GE