Super Bowl XLIX has come and gone, and regardless of which team you were rooting for I think everyone can agree that it was a game with a lot of ups and downs.
With all those high and low moments sprinkled between a mix of funny and depressing commercials, a half time show that made you think someone slipped LSD into your drink, and a final two minutes that seemed more ADHD than a teenager watching YouTube, it is understandable that you may have missed a few awesome lessons sprinkled throughout the broadcast.
So just in case I wanted to point out a few lessons from the Super Bowl that we can start to apply right away.
Lesson 1: Why Did They Throw The Ball?!
The biggest questions fans are asking themselves is why Seattle threw a pass that ultimately got intercepted costing the Seahawks the game. With three chances to run the ball three yards for the win and the best running back in the NFL, for some reason they chose to call a pass instead.
Sometimes in business and in life we can become our own worst enemies. Have you ever overthought a situation and created a big mess?
What was called for in this situation was good ‘ol fashion football. Drill down, grab a yard or two, and advance the ball to victory.
Sometimes in business what is called for is not a fancy advertising campaign, a new hot product, or headhunting a hotshot manager. Instead what is called for is good ‘ol fashion business fundamentals.
Developing great phone skills = Run the ball
Remembering your client’s name = Run the ball
Investing in your team = Run the ball
Don’t overthink your situation. That trick play can make you look like a hero but it can also blow up in your face. Running the ball may not be as sexy as the trick plays but little gains here and there can add up to big victories!
If nothing else, take solace in the fact that professionals screw up all the time too. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.
Lesson 2: How a 7th Round Draft Pick Turned Into a Play Maker!
When Julian Edelman was picked by The Patriots in 2009, 231 other players were picked before him. So how did this “Picked Last for Kickball” player turn into a star 5 years later?
Not surprisingly the answer is lots of hard work!
According to teammates, Edelman is up as early as 5AM every morning, routinely beats the coaches to training sessions, and spends most of his extra time getting in workouts, watching training films, and catching balls.
All this while keeping a positive attitude and encouraging his teammates!
I personally don’t believe there is any such thing as an “overnight success” and I believe that people are never stuck in their current situation.
Julian is a great example of how hard work and consistency can add up to great success.
How would your career look if you put in the extra hours for 5 years? For that matter what would your marriage look like? How about your health and fitness?
Obviously you can’t put in all this hard work on everything in your life, so pick the few things that are really important to you and start to focus on those.
If you need help picking your top goals you can always use the Warren Buffet strategy. His key is to pick the few that matter and ignore everything else.
Lesson 3: Chris Matthews: Footlocker to Super Bowl but Almost Blew It!
A year ago Chris Matthews was working at Footlocker and as a security guard when he got a call from the Seahawks asking him if he wanted to try out. Obviously we know how things turned out but did you know he almost blew them off?
When an NFL team calls you to try out, you drop everything and book the next flight.
“I don’t get off of work until 9 p.m. I don’t know if I’ll make it.”
Luckily his agent called him a minute later and slapped some sense into him and he caught his flight.
But why would anyone almost miss that opportunity? Maybe it’s because Chris didn’t recognize how big of an opportunity it was, or maybe he was starting to give up on playing football all together.
By this point he had gone undrafted out of college. He was signed by the Browns only to be cut after training camp. He went on the play Arena Football and then the Canadian Football League where he was finally having some success only for an injury to cause him to be cut the following year.
Now he finds himself working two jobs wondering what his future would hold. Imagine all the hard work through high school, college, and three different football leagues only to end up at Footlocker selling sneakers.
It’s not hard to see how you might want to stop trying at some point and accept your life the way it is.
Lucky Chris gave it another shot and a year later we all get to hear his story! If you want to see great things happen in your life, you must be willing to get rejected over and over again and keep trying until you succeed.
Who knows where Chris would be today if he was afraid of being rejected one more time.
Don’t stop trying to accomplish the things that are most important to you!
Be willing to put in the extra work on for the things that are truly important!
Don’t over-think things, stick to the basics!
Those are my takeaways from Super Bowl XLIX! Are there any that you found I missed? Let me know in the comments bellow.
Thanks to Eric Twiggs for inspiring this post and James Clear for being the first blogger to turn me onto Warren Buffets Pilot Story.