10 Lessons I Learned From Football

I hear a lot of people posting and talking about #winning but sometimes we have to learn to accept a few defeats in life.  Afterall, some of the greatest life lessons come not from the sweet taste of victory but through the agony of defeat.

Football is by far one of my favorite sports and as I was taking Kristian to his first football game, I started thinking about some of the life lessons that I hoped he would learn from the game.

  1. A great quarterback learns from the last play but is always ready for the next play.  Be prepared to keep it moving. No matter how many bad plays are in your past, you have to keep your head focused on all four quarters.
  2. Sometimes you have to forget about “just” playing your position and start playing to win.  Learn to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.
  3. Not every person who tries out is meant to be on your team.  It doesn’t mean that they’re not a good player, just not what your team needs.
  4. Some games are won with field goals.  Little successes can lead to big rewards.
  5. Not scoring a touchdown on every play isn’t the same as losing.  Accept that you have to take some risks to get some rewards.
  6. A lot of people sitting in the stands want to call the plays.  If you’re not on the team, enjoy being a spectator or get your own team.
  7. Realize not everyone is going to be your fan.  It’s ok for them to cheer for another team.  You shouldn’t be playing to win fans.  You have to play to win the game.
  8. Embrace free agency and be willing to change.  Some players are only meant to be with a team for a season.  Not everyone will be a franchise player and stick with one team for their entire career.
  9. You gotta pay to play.  Invest in yourself if you want to get a maximum return and command a high salary.
  10. You need balance to win – defense (professional), offense (personal) and special teams (spiritual).  Find the right mix and players for each.  Don’t rely on your cheerleaders to win the game for you.

3 thoughts on “10 Lessons I Learned From Football

  1. Don says:

    Wholeheartedly agreed and some excellent football knowledge upon your part as well.

    I agree with everything said. Kinda reminds me of one of my fave TV shows – The Wire, where one lesson applies to all.


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