It should come as no big surprise that I followed last weekend’s NFL draft with intense interest, given the prominent picking position my team earned through its dismal season. Because actually watching the draft is more boring than watching golf (sorry, Dad) and because I generally hate TV, I kept my nose buried in my iPhone for three solid days. I alternated between the ESPN and NFL sites , and I soaking up as much analysis as I could along the way.
The best article I found, however, had nothing to do with stats or potential or grading the picks. Instead, it was all about remembering who you are, how you got where you are, and building a life that has a future.
Wait–that doesn’t sound like football analysis.
Although it was directed at the 253 young men who can now call themselves The Chosen, the article applies to everyone: players, fans, and scoffers alike. Peel away its NFL veneer, and you’ll find words to live by for that person you see in the mirror every day. It boils down to these nuggets of wisdom:
- Keep it in perspective.
- Set realistic expectations.
- Be conscious of who you are, even when no one is looking.
- Build your life around what’s right, not around what’s right now.
- Surround yourself with good people who care about your well-being, and listen to their advice.
- Say thank you as often as you can.
Whether you’re a football fan or not, I hope you’ll read the article for yourself. It’s full of words that matter.
You can find it here: You’ve been drafted. Now what? (Please read it. You’ll be glad you did.)