Tom Brady: To Be Successful at Anything, You Don’t Have to Be Special

Tom Brady: To Be Successful at Anything, You Don’t Have to Be Special

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Last Wednesday, June 12, in front of almost 60,000 people, the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. In an outstanding, emotional 20-minute acceptance speech, he reflected on football and life. Here are some of his key thoughts that apply to us all.

It’s hard to throw, catch, block and tackle and hit kids when they’re way bigger and way more developed than you, only to go home that night bruised and battered and strained, but knowing that you have to show up again the next day for just the chance to try again. But understand this: life is hard.

No matter who you are, there are bumps and hits and bruises along the way. And my advice is to prepare yourself because football lessons teach us that success and achievement come from overcoming adversity and that team accomplishment far exceeds anyone’s individual goals.

To be successful at anything, the truth is you don’t have to be special. You just have to be what most people aren’t. Consistent, determined, and willing to work for it. No shortcuts.

If you look at all my teammates here tonight, it would be impossible to find better examples of men who embody that work ethic, integrity, purpose, determination, and discipline that it takes to be a champion in life. We led by example.

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