Super Bowl Teachable Moment

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.”

Amen brother!

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.

About

Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for 25 years. Currently, Sean is a principal in the Aspire Consulting Group providing solutions and training for arts, events and non-profit marketing professionals and their organizations. Clients include Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) and a growing list of satisfied organizations. Sean speaks regularly throughout the U.S. including at the IFEA Annual Conference, Arts Reach Conference, AFP, 92Y, CiviCRM User Summit, PA Council on the Arts, Michigan Festivals & Event Annual Conference. Sean serves as the Marketing Chairperson for the Hamilton District Main Street, a program of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce in Allentown and is a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the Upside Allentown initiative. You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire or email him anytime at sking.aspire@gmail.com

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Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for 25 years.  Currently, Sean is a principle in the Aspire Consulting Group providing solutions and training for arts, events and non-profit marketing professionals and their organizations. Clients include Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) and a growing list of satisfied organizations. Sean speaks regularly throughout the United States including at the IFEA Annual Conference, Arts Reach Conference, AFP, 92Y, CiviCRM User Summit, PA Council on the Arts, Michigan Festivals & Event Annual Conference.  Sean serves as the Marketing Chairperson for the Hamilton District Main Street program in Allentown and is a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the Upside Allentown initiative. He also blogs a artsmarketingblog.org.  You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire. Sean resides with his wife Natalie and son Haydn in the global crossroads of Fogelsville, Pa.