You may have seen it last week, I posted to Facebook:
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
That’s a quote from John Wooden. The ‘Wizard of Westwood.’ A man who “knew” a thing or two about winning. His UCLA basketball teams won 10 National Championships in a 12 year span — including seven in a row.
That quote rang loud in my head on Friday night, as I lay in bed glued to my phone. Watching the Tom vs. Time documentary on Facebook.
Have you seen it?
If you are at all interested in what excellence looks like … watch it.
No doubt, everyone seems to have their own opinion about Handsome Tom.
That guy is such a ….
Can you believe he ….
What a ….
The one thing you cannot deny though, is that man’s commitment to his craft. Much like Wooden, Brady will go down in history as the greatest of his time.
There’s a scene in episode two. Heat of the southern California summer. Brady suited up in full gear. He’s working with famed “Throwing Doctor,” Tom House. Focused on the placement of his front arm as he drives the ball down field. Rep after rep, they make minuscule adjustments.
Mastery in the moment.
Excellence uncovered in the minutia.
Someone once told me … the difference between “champions” and “everyone else,” is that everyone else is too easily bored by the monotony of success.
It fuels him.
The scene cuts away to House. He explains, “Old age and treachery always overcomes youth and exuberance. He’s mastered more information and instruction than anyone in the history of football. Yet he’s still on the journey.”
That’s been my experience too.
It’s all about the journey to significance.
In fact, Cate and I had this same conversation yesterday. We were on our way to interview our latest guest, Mark Heaps. Chatting about the future of the podcast. She glanced over and said something to the effect of, “I’ve never had a job were I’ve had a real influence on the the future. It’s kind of exciting.”
Yes it is.
I told her, that’s what gets me up in the morning. The excitement of building. Of creating. Of uncovering excellence in the minutia.
If you’d have asked me 12 years ago if I’d be doing any of this, I’d have told you were were crazy.
The most meaningful things in my life have all happened after I thought I’d learned everything I needed to know about how to be “successful” in my craft.
When I posted that Wooden quote to Facebook last week, my buddy Travis responded:
“Haha …. so great. #truth.”
Isn’t it though?
When you finally come to the conclusion that there is no way to “know it all,” you open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities.
I believe it was in episode four, the production assistant asked Brady, who was watching hour upon hour of film … “Why do you put yourself through this?”
To which he responded, “There’s still so much to learn.”
I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way.
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