I remember my first day of 7th grade at Sherwood Junior High in Memphis, Tennessee like it was yesterday. That was the day I met Bud Garrett. Coach Garrett was the coach at Sherwood and he coached baseball, basketball and football. I remember walking past this tall, imposing man and him saying to me, “Boy, you need to go out for football. Be at practice after school today.”
Super Bowl 50 was the third most watched show in TV history. But it’s over. All that hype, buildup and excitement that led to Sunday’s game has ended. Yet it’s still a topic of conversation. But instead of talking about the plays, or how great the defense was, or if this was Peyton Manning’s last game, there’s a lot of conversation about what happened after the game. Specifically, I’m referring to Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton’s post-game interview.
Everyone has an invisible tattoo. Everyone we meet and everyone we do business with wants us to read their invisible tattoo. The tattoo is a command of sorts that if heeded will bring about dramatic results. We can sell more, we can manage better, we can even be a more effective parent if we will just read this invisible tattoo and then genuinely, sincerely do what it begs us to do.
This is the time of the year when everyone seems to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays—buying presents, going to parties, winding up the year’s business. I can think of no better time to take a moment to step back, reflect, and consider what is really important. And perhaps consider the greatest gift you can give.
If I know anything I know this: We can’t successfully live life in the rear view mirror. We can, however, learn much from our past experiences and from other people. That was basically what (Virginia Tech basketball) Coach Buzz Williams and I talked about when we spent the day together. At his request, I shared with him 25 things I wish I knew at 42 (which is his age) that I know now at 65 (my age).