Friday, July 31, 2015

Life Strategy


"The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions." - Paulo Coelho

I love the game of American Football. Football is the perfect balance of intellect and pure raw athleticism. Each play is a unique situation, a new opportunity to make something happen, lead a comeback, or break the game open. In football timing is everything... from the right play call at the right time to timing the snap of the ball perfectly to get that extra edge... timing is a critical component of the game. I think there are a lot of fundamental reasons why Americans love football so much but to me the most likely answer is because it relates to their day to day lives. Therefore a lot of parallels can be drawn between navigating life and a football season.

Paulo's quote resonated a lot with me because left and right all around us we are told how to live our lives and given formulas on how to be successful. Each life is different, each situation is different, and each day is different. There is no general formula for success and a true "warrior" as Paulo puts it is ready to take on each situation with respect and diligence. Taking each situation and making the best call possible with the information available. Blindly following others opinions or sticking to a single formula for every situation may get you to a certain point but will ultimately fail. For example the most successful football teams are the ones that can adapt to any kind of scenario, or do not become one dimensional in their approach to the game and can't be figured out on film. The teams that take an "every snap is unique scenario" approach are the most difficult to predict, and ultimately the hardest to beat.

Ultimately the Seahawks took a different approach than the "usual formula" for the fateful play pictured above. Everyone and their mother said they should have run the ball. They treated that down like a unique scenario and most definitely did not listen to others' opinions. So why did they fail? Well that's just life. Even though they failed on that particular play that lasted ~2-3 seconds they general formula got them to back to back super bowls, and won one. I'd say that overall they are a successful team that has a great strategy for winning, and I can't wait to see what they do this year.

My life strategy... Do everything I do with passion. Learn everything I can from all the people I can in order to make the most informed decisions I can. After that just take it play by play. There is no formula or one person that is going to know how to get me from point A to point B better than myself. I think Paulo would agree.

-Kellen

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