Tom Brady engineering the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Deshaun Watson leading the Clemson Tigers down the field to upset Alabama in the college football National Championship. The quarterback position is the most celebrated – and criticized – position in sports.
I recently finished The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks by sports writer Bruce Feldman. Football is my favorite sport, always has been. Quarterback, my favorite position and where some of the best memories of my youth were created. It was an insiders’ perspective to the current quarterback training industry, as Feldman spotlights a number of the nation’s premier trainers – and sport’s up-and-coming talent.
The QB didn’t disappoint. The book provides a behind the scenes look at the current quarterback training industry, through the eyes of Feldman, as he spotlights a number of premier trainers. It provides a great read, but even more so, it provides a powerful blueprint for what makes a great leader – something of immense value for you.
Numerous articles were released around the book’s publication detailing how it revealed leadership lessons, but I believe these four to be the most valuable takeaways from his book.
The best business leadership lessons from The QB that can be immediately applied to your life are:
People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book. –Malcom X
Do you remember the first time you read your favorite book? The moment you closed the final page and felt satisfied in finishing its greatness while simultaneously feeling sad that it was over? That is how a great book should make you feel. It should leave you a different person than when you started page one.
I’d set out for 2016 to read one chapter of a book a day. I love to read, but over the last number of years, my books per year declined as I poured more of my free time into work. This was my year to make a change. I started strong, but the last couple of weeks, I let the chaos of life knock me off course. The days – and chapters mounted – and I fell behind. Fortunately, I had a trip planned and the time flying & downtime on the beach gave me the perfect opportunity to catch up.
And I couldn’t have asked for better books to read. I’d started following Chris Brogan’s advice of, “Don’t finish a bad book,” and had given up on a few recent reads. Fortunately, the ones I chose to take with me turned out to be some of the best books I’d ever read.
The following is a brief overview of four of the five books & a quick review for you.
What will define your 2016?
Each year, I anxiously anticipate Chris Brogan’s “My 3 Words..” blog post. It’s become tradition to read the post, meditate, and set the theme for my own key words of 2016. It also become my annual challenge to live outside of my comfort zone because these three words are to hold me accountable for the next 365 days.
Here’s how it works (taken from ChrisBrogan.com):
I read and reread this post at least six times before hitting publish. Maybe ten. Part of me says write to just get it off your chest. The other half argues back that there has to be someone out there feeling the same way – and feeling just as alone when issues like today arise to the forefront of the news.
I don’t really feel as though I have a platform for this. Many of you will check out 1-2 sentences into today’s post. Others may doubt my credibility on the subject matter. I am a white, middle-class American male. I have seen racism & profiling first hand. I’ve seen friends pulled over for nothing more than being of a darker skin color. I’ve seen applicants passed over because of their gender. I’ve seen a lot, but I haven’t been the victim of racism myself. I feel inadequate for what I’m about to write, but am so compelled to do something.
The more I’ve poured into building a business, the more I realize that life is about so much more. Doing work that matters is a great thing, but never THE thing.
- Keep priority on the right things.
- Always put people first.
- It’s ok to unplug.
- Never compromise your morals to get ahead.
- Focus on the things & people that will matter when your life is coming to an end.
And most of all, make this life count. Compete Every Day.