The other day a friend and mentor, said something so profound I almost chocked on a beer.
It really got me thinking about a conversation I had with my another close buddy Danny (who is also an amazing producer and beat maker check out his work here). Barry Sanders may have been one of the greatest running backs of our time (Especially my time). Watch this amazing highlight reel of Barry Sanders.
What’s more amazing?
He never celebrated in the endzone.
He was a true player of the game, a scholar of the pig skin. He was a soldier, the best type of soldier you want. The one who cares about the greater whole more so than himself. The one who is modest in approach but an animal in execution. The type of soldier who will stay loyal to the end, he will be there, when you need, him, even when you don’t, when you ask, and especially when you don’t. He will be slicing through defensive lines like a katana through a zombies head on the Walking Dead. This type of person is the epitome of skill, talent, humility, of sheer utter greatness. He does not seek credit, he doesn’t seek praise, he doesn’t give a shit what you think about him, how you feel about his actions, he only cares about his actions and his journey to get better tomorrow than he was today. He doesn’t even care about success, he only cares about raising the people around him up.
When Barry Sanders got into the endzone he handed the ball to the ref. That’s it. No shuffle, no grandstanding, no loud mouth babbling, no posturing, no camera pose, he tossed the ball and got off the field. Ready for the next round of battle. He knew he was in a war, and the only people he has was his teammates, that’s all that mattered. Making them special made him special. Making the team win made him win.
In life you want to surround yourself with people like that.
From my own experience I was at one time surrounded by selfish people who were more concerned with themselves, than with the team, more concerned with their own position than the position of our clients. These people are poisonous and toxic and the quicker you get them out of your life the faster your success in all aspects grow. Funny the moment I rid myself of these people my entire life took an about face and my success skyrocketed. Sometimes you need to get off the row boat so you can get on the yacht.
You must surround yourself with people who will do whatever, without question, without asking, without bitching, without a problem, and certainly without hesitation or selfishly thinking how it effects only THEM, because they have the same goals as you to succeed, you need people who know that if they make others succeed by default they will. When you focus on getting money, you never get it, and you get all of the stragglers in life. If you spend your existence focusing on you only, on your situation and then wonder why no one uses your services, you are wasting your time and others. There is no success without passion and love, and replacing the concern for yourself with the concern with others.
I believe in life you must focus on what you love, and what makes others better and THAT IS IT. If you spend time chasing money. You never get it. Because you can’t catch money, you have to attract it.
Getting into the endzone, making others lives amazing, is what makes yours the same. You can’t fake being genuine you can try but mainly it’s see through.
Get around the play makers the scorers and the winners and leave the losers and the people who have constant problems in their lives behind. If they have problems all the time YOU WILL TOO! Stop that nonsense, no one cares about the bad decisions you made in life, no one cares about your stress, or your worries, no one wants to be around people who always have issues and life problems but EVERYONE wants to be around those that shine bright, they allow others to shine as well. Be a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world, shine without apology!
If you get in the end-zone, act like you’ve been there before.
This is what I do.
I’m not better than anyone else. I’m not supposed to be on a pedestal. I’ve always stayed away from that.
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