I’m not a football fan. I wasn’t always like that, but it’s mainly because of Tom Brady. Not in the way you probably think though.
You see, I’ve been a Patriots fan my whole life until “Tommy Terrific” went and started winning all those Super Bowls…
The thing is that I used to love the Patriots. There was something that just felt so good about rooting for the perpetual loser. The “underdog” if you will. You always felt like you were a little better than others because even though your team hadn’t won a championship, you stuck by your team because you were loyal to them.
It’s kinda like in everything else.
I’d like you to think about this for a second. What’s the greatest thing to have in the world? Money? Power? Neither. I’d have you consider that the greatest thing to have is PATIENCE.
Patience is great because it helps you to enjoy the most important part of any achievement, the journey.
It’s because the destination is great but not as good as the anticipation of that journey.
Now, as far as practical advice goes, I would say that being in a rush to be number one is not the way to go. I don’t know how old you are, 30, 40, 50…60, it doesn’t matter. You’re gonna live another 40, 50, 60 years (if you don’t get hit by a bus) so take your time in your career, your love life, and your health.
So enjoy the ride. Keep progressing, but don’t be in a rush to be number one. Be happy with your current situation and keep progressing at your own pace.
Take it from me as a Patriots fan. It’s great to be number 1 until you realize you can’t be the top dog your whole life.
Jerry “good ‘ole days” Washington
P.S. I really have lost my love of watching football. There is just something about not knowing when your team will be good. But when they’re good that’s the end. You don’t get better than a Super Bowl unless it’s two, then you just start getting greedy and people start scrutinizing you and calling you a cheater. Then you just stop watching. It’s just that the ride to the top is always more exciting than the actually being at the top. Talk soon…