“Mahomes” Your Success – Day 252 of 365 Days to a Better You

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

Some say Wayne Gretzky said it. Some say Michael Jordan. Regardless of who said it, there’s a lot of wisdom in this simple quote. The odds may be stacked against you and chances of success may be slim, but taking the shot still gives you better odds than not.

It’s a great time to be a lifelong (suffering) Kansas City Chiefs fan. Last year the Chiefs unleashed a phenomenon on the NFL – young quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

People are ooing and awwing over Mahomes and the numbers he’s put up so quickly. I think I’ve uncovered at least part of his secret – he’s not afraid to take the shot.

Even at the NFL level, most quarterbacks and coaches prefer to play it safe. They dink and dunk down the field and that’s kind of been NFL offenses for almost 30 years. Few NFL quarterbacks take more than one or two real shots down the field in a game. Mahomes has been known to do it three or four times in a single drive.

Sometimes he misses or bad things happens but by giving himself chances few other NFL quarterbacks will take, he also finds amazing success. Sure it helps to have one of the best arms around and he has some amazing receivers.

I’m telling you, though, it’s more about the mental side of the game and taking your shote than the physical. The Chiefs’ previous quarterback Alex Jones was a case in point. He was a very competent NFL quarterback. His record as a starter in the NFL is amazing. He’s probably get you to the playoffs seven years out of ten. He, like 90 percent of starting NFL quarterbacks, was rarely willing to take those shots. Something bad might happen. So, he missed 100 percent of those opportunities.

If Mahomes hits two or three of those long passes a game, he’s given his team an advantage few others are even willing to try to match.

Powerhack: Ok. How does Patrick Mahomes’ long scoring plays help you? Think about this related to the opportunities in your life. The average NFL scoring drive is about 10 plays. There’s far more risk of something negative happening over 10 plays than on one play. People don’t take that into account. Mahomes’ approach is big risk, big reward.

Send the opportunities in your life long. Let the pass fly and see what happens! You are going to throw some interceptions and incompletions. It’s OK. You’re also going to score more easy touchdowns that people unwilling to take those chances.

Mahomes frequently puts a couple touchdowns on the other team before they’re warmed up. What could that do for your business, your sales, your life?

He’s only 24 years old, but young Patrick Mahomes fearless, go big approach is a lesson for us all.

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Don’t Let the Consensus Stop You – Day 166 of 365 Days to a Better You

Every great advance is met with skepticism and derision by the purveyors of the status quo. The word consensus is used a lot today in politics and science. It’s this idea that something is true because practically everybody agrees it’s true. Damn the evidence! Damn pieces of data that don’t fit.

If you have a BIG idea or even a really clever one, expect “the consensus” to tell you it never can be.

  • Before 1903, most people thought humans would never fly. There were literally people who came out to make fun of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.
  • Before 1609, most people in Europe thought the Sun orbited around the earth. So dangerous was Galileo’s new idea that the purveyors of the status quo put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life.

You could literally make a list as long as your arm of ground-breaking ideas that were dismissed or squelched by the consensus. When you really peel away most consensus thinking, it’s more a belief than it is an evidence-based, final assessment of how the world is.

If you’re inspired to change the world, change it. If you’ve got the next big idea, don’t let “them” tell you it’s impossible.

Maybe you won’t leave the mark the Wright Brothers or Galileo did (or maybe you will), but don’t give up on your BIG idea. Keep pushing. Keep seeking. The truth is every consensus, every status quo was once a radical idea that changed everything.

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