Super Bowl 51: Working Overtime

David Meltzer discusses Super Bowl lessons
Working OT and learning lessons from the Super Bowl

I had another successful year at the Super Bowl, and I didn’t even go to the game. Instead, I spent the Super Bowl Sunday sitting and playing with my six-year-old, Miles. I chose that over experiencing what may have been the greatest Super Bowl ever in person. I did attend several corporate events in Houston, all of which were supporting great causes, and worked with prominent companies and leaders like Entrepreneur, ABC, and Forbes.

After watching the first-ever Super Bowl to go to overtime, I realized there were a few great lessons to be learned from this game.

The power of collective belief

The Patriot mantra, “Just do your job”  is part of what makes this such a special team. There is alignment in the like-minded collective consciousness, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The team has a unity that never allowed the Patriots to quit, and one that we all should strive for in our own personal relationships.

Youth is not an excuse for poor performance

The Falcons defense was able to stymie the Patriots offense and the great Tom Brady for much of the game, with several rookies playing key roles. Despite losing the game, the young group came close to taking down the greatest sports dynasty of all time. We cannot use our age to excuse any inadequacies. Instead, use our age to our advantage to keep developing and expect a learning curve or growing pains along the way.

Situational knowledge can be the difference between success or  failure

Nobody has more situational knowledge in the playoffs, especially the Super Bowl, than Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots. This was the reason they were able to win in the end. By leveraging their situational knowledge, they were able to put themselves in the position to win the game, despite a 25-point deficit. Use your situational knowledge to get out of your own way and allow yourself to be successful when you’re placed in challenging positions.

What other people say about you DOES NOT MATTER

Few people picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl at the start of the season, and they were almost able to do it. The Patriots, on the other hand, were disparaged for Deflategate and had everyone rooting against them, but were able to overcome it. Both of these teams did not listen to what others said, making what others said meaningless. Never put too much stock in the good or bad opinions of others and place limitations on yourself.

Having efficient, effective, and successful systems is crucial

The “Patriot Way” is the most statistically efficient and effective system for winning championships in the NFL. Tom Brady and his offense racked up 546 total yards and their system is a large reason why. We all need to develop our own systems of efficiency, effectiveness, and success in order to keep evolving to be what we potentially can be.

These are the lessons of the greatest Super Bowl game of all time, Super Bowl LI. Use them to your advantage to achieve the greatness you desire. And never be afraid to put in a little overtime!

By: David Meltzer

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