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  • What I Did On Super Bowl Sunday...

    1/30/2008 12:00:00 AM Link |  | Add comment

    Passion & Gratitude

    photo by Anna Cervova

    I enjoyed a nice evening with my family watching the remake of the 1961 classic, The Parent Trap with Dennis Quaid. It was a great time to sit with my family and enjoy each other's company plus it turned out to be quite the entertaining film. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a family friendly feature. The most important part of this story is the timing. I was watching The Parent Trap during the Super Bowl. As an adult American male I may be scoffed at for my explicit disregard for THE game of the year as I intentionally chose to watch a Disney remake rather than the athletic prowess of the multi-millionaire players of the game.

    With the movie credits rolling I changed the channel to see the end of the biggest game of the year with 4:03 left. Exactly enough time to see the best and worst of the role models in the NFL.

    As the Patriots drove down the field I saw the utter crassness and blatant ego of Randy Moss as he caught a 7-yard pass to capture the game and the hearts of the New England followers. He seemed truly arrogant as he taunted the crowd with his arms and showed little gratitude for his winning play. As I watched his disregard for the moment I turned to my wife and said, "I truly hope that he is not rewarded." simply because he showed little emotion, heart or gratitude for this success. Unnerved by Moss I watched the rest of the game intently hoping for the Giants to take back the ring.

    I was happy to find a reversal in the leading score, the chance for the Giants to win, and the emotion and gratitude of the players on top of the scoreboard. As Plaxico Burress caught the winning touchdown pass with thirty-five seconds left in the game he knelt down, reacting in the opposite way that Moss had a few minutes earlier. I witnessed the heart of a grateful player passionate about his game, his play and the potential victory in his hands as he knelt in the end zone displaying his graciousness for the moment. I was more excited to see the extreme opposite of Moss' disregard for a winning reception than I was to see the Giants get back on top of the scoreboard. Between Moss and Burress were the polar opposites of passion, gratitude and heart.

    By only watching the last four minutes in the game I was able to spend quality time with my family and see two extremes in the passion and gratitude of professionals. As in business, if you aren't passionate or thankful for your successes then you typically are not rewarded. Be thankful for each and every dollar you make in your business and be grateful for the continued support of your customers, if you aren't passionate with what you do and the services or products you provide to your customers than you'll lose in the end. Passion is the essence of a successful business. The gratitude and humbleness you share within your successes as a business will make or break your tenure in your industry.

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