During last weekend’s pre-Super Bowl television shows, I watched a segment on Tom Brady that intrigued me. Although Brady didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, there is no denying that he is a world class quarterback.
However, a scouting report conducted prior to his being drafted in 2002 certainly did not reflect this. Observations included:
- Too slow
- Lacks great physical stature
- Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush
- Does not throw a tight spiral
- System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad-lib
Brady used this report to motivate himself and to prove his critics wrong. Interestingly, he said this during an interview that was part of the segment.
“When I watch me play sometimes, I still don’t think I’m very good. I always want to feel that I’m the best quarterback for this team. I want to earn it every single day.”
I LOVE the last sentence in that quote! Very few people are willing to earn their job once they have it. In fact, I once spoke to a 20-year veteran in one company who felt that he was entitled to his position because of his tenure.
Do you want to be the best sales person for your company?
If you want to become a world-class sales person you need to study. You need to train. You need extensive knowledge of your products. But most important, you need to work hard.
Although anyone can become the best in their industry, company, or career, being the best is not a right.
It is earned.
Are you prepared to earn your job every day?