How to win like Tom Brady?
I grew up in Kennebunkport, Maine in the 1970’s.
And since there was no Internet back then, there wasn’t much to do except watch sports.
So I grew up watching two teams: the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
And both teams sucked.
So seeing the New England Patriots become the most successful team in all of professional sports is more than a little satisfying.
That’s why I wrote this article for you on how to win like Tom Brady and the Patriots (updated for their latest – but probably not last – Super Bowl victory)…
Tom Brady, quarterback of my hometown New England Patriots, grew up idolizing Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers.
Yet now, with a record-setting 6 Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady has far out-Joe-Montana’d Joe Montana and become the undisputed G.O.A.T. – “Greatest Of All Time.”
So here are 5 tips on how to win like Tom Brady (updated from an earlier post)…
Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round of 2000 NFL draft – the 199th player selected. To put that in perspective, it means that the highly-paid coaches and scouts of the National Football League, in their infinite wisdom, determined that there were 198 players BETTER than Tom Brady that year.
When he talks about that day, Tom still gets teary-eyed.
And he still plays with a chip on his shoulder, as if to say, “I’ll show YOU how great I am!”
When people dismiss you or discourage you, you have two choices: believe them and give up, or play YOUR game and prove that they’re wrong.
The position of NFL quarterback is by far the most difficult, dangerous job in all of sports.
As Tom Brady said in an interview, “The quarterback is the only position on the field where the player is worried about the angle of his right elbow.”
As a Thought Leader, you must also “stand tall in the pocket” – when all hell is breaking loose around you, you must keep your cool.
One of my favorite jokes to say to my wife when I’m watching a close football game is, “I’d call a touchdown.”
Naturally, we all focus on what we WANT – e.g., to score more touchdowns (in life).
The problem is, we can’t control when or whether we’re going to score a touchdown, kick a field goal, or get mauled by the opposition.
Rather than focusing on things you can’t control, focus on what you can control: what you think, what you say, and what you do.
When you do that, to quote the late great coach of the San Francisco 49ers Bill Walsh, the score takes care of itself.
In the 2012 AFC Championship Game, Tom Brady had one of the worst postseason games of his career. Stat line: 22 of 36, 0 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 2 Interceptions. Sounds like the stat line of the losing quarterback.
Yet somehow, his team prevailed and won. (It helps when your opposing kicker, Billy Cundiff of the Baltimore Ravens, misses a 32-yard gimme field goal with seconds to go.)
On the winner’s podium, Tom Brady was asked by Jim Nantz of CBS Sports to rate his performance.
Tom’s reply: “I sucked pretty bad today.”
But his next words showed why Tom Brady is Tom Brady: “But our defense saved us.”
Spoken like a true leader.
Who wouldn’t want to follow someone like that into battle?
Football, among all professional sports, is the most satisfying to the modern human psyche.
That’s why it’s by far the most popular sport in America.
Why? Because there are winners and losers; there’s a beginning, middle and end; good guys and bad guys; heroes and villains; balletic athleticism coupled with head-banging violence; and most importantly, the clock is always ticking.
But life is NOT like football in one important way.
In football, once the game is over, it’s over. But in life, we can have second, third, even fourth chances to get it right.
Enjoy the game!
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