Whether your a sports fan or not, there is an inherent quality to sports that everyone can take away from such an instant classic as Super Bowl 51 where the Patriots came back from 25 points behind in the last 17 minutes of the game.
The teachable moment is this: Never Give Up.
Earlier in the day, during the seemingly never-ending line up of useless interviews on pre-game shows, Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, caught my attention by saying (and I paraphrase) “The difference between our team and others is that we know how to close. The last 5-10% is what makes the difference. Every one knows how to start something, but success comes to those who finish what they start.”
In essence this concept is what should drive us all.
In recapping the days events with my 11- year old son, I wanted to make sure he understood the impact of what he had just witnessed.
Finishing what you start – and doing it with a level of excellence – is what we all need to carry forward in our daily lives… even when the deck is stacked against us. Get out there and do it. Whether its homework, a test, a job interview, a new project — or worse an old project that you’ve let wither… finish what you start.
Sports teaches these sorts of lessons just about every day in one way shape or form, but the Patriots victory and its national coverage leads me to think again of the Presidential election.
No matter your thoughts on his message or administration, it was clear Donald Trump was not going to go down without a fight. He was going to finish what he started. Whether that is a good thing or not, and whether it was pride, ego, vanity or something else that kept driving him and his team, it was clear they were going to work 24/7, while their adversaries simply seemed to try to run out the clock on the election – to use a sporting term.
I’m not a Patriots fan, nor a Tom Brady or Donald Trump fan – but there are some things that transcend all that we do and help us to be all we can be. Having the burning desire in your belly to finish what you start is a great start, but actually getting to the finish line – no matter the outcome – is what can allow us to reach our full potential.