Were you drafted in the sixth round?

Hey Gang,

Friday is the perfect day for today’s conversation. Do you see the picture above? For Pats lovers it invokes a feeling of ecstacy. For Pats haters…..not so much. Regardless of your position on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots you have to admire the guy’s perseverance.

People who hate Tom Brady usually complain about him being “The Golden Boy.” They see his success, his super-model wife, his marketing appeal, and they hate what they see as his privileged life.

They forget where he came from. When Tom Brady went to the University of Michigan he was seventh on the depth chart. He wasn’t even a full time starter his senior year at Michigan. He had to split time with Drew Henson. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft (pick number 199 overall).

None of that stopped him. He has put together arguably the greatest career an NFL quarterback has ever had. He topped that off by completing the greatest comeback in NFL history and winning a record 5th championship a couple of weeks ago.

So where am I going with this? Well….besides taking great joy in celebrating my home team’s accomplishments there is a lesson to be learned here.

Tom Brady is 39 years old and still has the same chip on his shoulder he had when he was seventh on the depth chart at Michigan as an 18 year old.

He consistently feels that he needs to work harder than everybody else. He honors all he has accomplished by not letting it fade.

We aren’t trying to be the best quarterback in NFL history. But most of us feel like we are seventh on the depth chart. From time to time we all feel like we got drafted in the sixth round. Sometimes our own personal “Deflategate” knocks us around a bit.

But we should follow Brady’s lead. We should approach our goals with that same dogged determination. We should constantly strive to become better. We should act as if someone is gonna take something away from us. And most of all…..we need to be consistent.

You can hate him if you like, but you would be lying if you said you wouldn’t want to be as successful in the things that are near and dear to you, as he is at football.

What is better…..cats or dogs?

Have you ever watched a cat stalking its prey? The eyes widen. The brow furrows. The movements become liquid, fluid, and exact. The focus never wanes. It is a steely eyed, patient, calculated approach. Nothing is left to chance. When the moment is right…..lightning!!!!!

We can learn a lot from this hunt. Cats (both big and small) are incredible hunters. They are efficient, stealthy and precise. They aren’t goofy and bumbling like dogs.

Humans should be more cat-like. Unfortunately most of us are more like dogs. When a cat first sees its prey, it never takes it’s eyes off the prey. Dogs get distracted very easily (look…a squirrel). A cat plans its attack. Dogs rush in with reckless abandon. Cats are quiet and get close without being seen or heard. Dogs are loud and aggressive. Cats waste no movements. Dogs expend energy uselessly. Cats are patient. Dogs are impulsive.

If you want to be successful at something you need to be focused. You need to be patient. You need to be calculating. You need to be undistracted. You need to be efficient. You need to plan. You need to execute with precision. And you need to wait until the perfect moment to unleash the “lightning.”

Hey, I’m a dog lover. I have two of them. They have some awesome qualities. They are friendly, loyal, fun, affectionate, playful and loving. These qualities are great for creating and maintaining relationships. But the skill set you need to accomplish goals is clearly that of the cat.

So, I guess I am saying that you have to morph between those dog and cat qualities. In a social environment, be a dog. But in business, schoolwork, losing weight, making money, moving up the ladder, or pursuing a job, be a cat.