How can you NOT be in awe of Tom Brady this morning? And, more importantly, INSPIRED by him?
Admittedly, I am Team TB, and have been since he was my QB when I was still a student at UM. No player has contributed more to my love of sports, and especially football, than he has. It’s hard to imagine the game after he’s gone. I’ve built my schedule around watching his biggest moments over the last 15 or so years, and he is unquestionably my favorite person to follow on Insta, where his hype videos are the posts I look forward to all week!
But his performance last night has really left me thinking about a whole lot of other things…aging and leadership and, most importantly, career risk.
Dude was *42* when he was like, “Nah, New England, keep your dynasty…I’m gonna take off and try to do this someplace else.”
42 was when he was supposed to be COMFORTABLE. 42 when he was supposed to be thinking about retirement.
But at 42, he went for a new, unprecedented challenge…moving to a brand new team and trying to inspire them to play the way he plays.
It looked ugly for much of the year…I remember watching SportsCenter in November and being told, “He just can’t do it like he used to.”
He might not be able to THROW or RUN like he used to, but it’s clear that his influence was just getting started. The discipline, the love for the work AND the game, the team mentality…all of that was just getting cemented around the time WE were thinking he was falling apart.
It makes me think about my own career, TBH. What fun is there in being comfortable? I’m a heck of a lot less close to retirement than he is bc MONEY obviously…so why shouldn’t I take some risks? I’m sure he will tell you he learned and grew and probably had a hell of a lot more fun this year than in so many years past.
Even when you THINK you have it pretty good, you can always have it better. Or at least, have fun trying. Why is the idea of mixing it up so scary to most of us? Why are we so afraid of losing what we have when pursuing what we want?
Maybe it’s time to just say, in the words of Tom Brady, “LFG.”