One of the great things about sports is the lessons and metaphors for success in life that are on display.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of those examples … he is great inspirational story and role model for anyone who want to have success, regardless of the arena.
I was watching the ESPN special The Brady 6 yesterday, and was inspired to write this brief note.
Tom Brady is now considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He has a chance to win his fourth Super Bowl today.
What stands out about him is his unwavering commitment to prepare for greatness.
As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Tom Brady started out as the seventh quarterback on the roster. He was a skinny kid who had just lost 25 pounds due to appendicitis.
He was determined to become the starting quarterback and accomplished that in his junior year.
But as a senior, he faced even more adversity as he was forced to compete with the highly touted Drew Henson and the Michigan coaches dragged their feet to declare a clear number one starter. Brady eventually won the position and went on to lead his team to victory at the Orange Bowl.
But still, few people believed in him and he had to endure the disappointment of falling to to the number 199 pick of the 2000 NFL draft … he was the seventh quarterback chosen.
Brady barely made the Patriots roster as the fourth string quarterback his rookie season. But he continued to work and prepare to be the starter.
Then, in 2001, starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured and Tom Brady had his chance.
And the rest is history.
What stands out to me about Tom Brady’s accomplishments is the way in which he uses adversity and disappointment to fuel his commitment to being the best he can be. In the face of all his doubters and detractors, in the face of his apparent failures, he perseveres.
And the result is magic.
It’s a lesson we can all apply to our own lives, regardless of what has happened in the past.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is an inspirational role model you can choose to learn from.
Right now, today, what is the one area of your life in which you are willing to commit to preparing for your moment?
Let Tom Brady’s story serve as your example of what’s possible … and start working towards it.
It’s worth the effort.
Enjoy the Super Bowl.
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