Unless you are a member of the legion of New England Patriots haters (remember, HATERS stands for Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success), you have to admit that the Pats are a shining example of professional sports excellence. You may not be able to get five rings like Tom Brady, but you too can achieve success by following a few Patriot Principles.
5. Have Resilience (No Matter What)
Down 28-3 in the 2nd half of the biggest game of your life, many would have folded quicker than a piece of paper in an origami class. In the face of constant pressure and allegations, the Patriots keep pushing forward. Unforeseen threats will always surface in today’s competitive world. Someone will usually try to push you down to elevate themselves. No matter what the circumstance is, stubborn resilience will help you overcome any obstacle.
4. Be An Outlier
"One of the things we’ve tried to do is be a little bit of an outlier in some respects," Bill Belichick told NESN in 2016. "When I came to the Patriots in 2000 as the head coach, we played a 3-4 defense, and we only had two teams in the NFL, us and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who played a 3-4. We had quite a bit of success, won three Super Bowls in four years, and by 2005, half the league was playing a 3-4 defense. So, when I came here trying to find a nose tackle like Ted Washington, it was easy because no one else wanted him."
Being different will separate you from the pack. Having a unique sounding voice, a unique look, a weird name, an over-the-top personality, or a warped outlook on life is not a detriment. The things kids would make fun of others for in school can actually put you miles ahead of them on the road to success.
3. Be Versatile
To play in New England, a player has to be able to do multiple things on the field. Receiver Julian Edelman once lined up as a cornerback. Former receiver Troy Brown has played safety. Offensive linemen are shuffled from position to position until the right fit is found. Former Patriot linebacker and current Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator Mike Vrabel has played Tight End on numerous occasions. You must always be willing to do more. The days where you can do one task for twenty years are gone. Be flexible enough to learn new tasks, new ways of doing tasks and adapt to changing circumstances.
2. Love What You Do
When the 2017-18 NFL season commences, Tom Brady will be a 40 year-old man. Yet, he still trains like he is a rookie trying to prove himself. He is the first guy in the weight room, first guy in the film room and the last to leave both rooms. Brady is obsessed with football. Passion should always be a driving force. Fame, money and all the things that money can buy will come and go. If one is passionate about what they do, all of the other ancillary things will come in due time.
1. Do Your Job
To refocus his team every week, Belichick constantly preaches this mantra. Execute your assignments and only worry about things you can control. In this speech before Super Bowl 39, Belichick mentions that football is all about execution. So is life. The ones who execute and does their job will rise to the top.