Monday, 3 February 2014

As Russell Wilson Learned, "Why Not You?"

"Why not you?"

 Russell Wilson, as starting quarterback, led the Seattle Seahawks to a convincing 43-8 over the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were led by Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and leader of the number one offence in the NFL.  At the end of July 2015, he signed a 4-year extension making him the second highest-paid quarterback in the NFL - ahead of stars such as Tom Brady, Tony Romo and other star QB's.

On November 13, he led the Seattle Seahawks to a thrilling victory over the New England Patriots, showing that his team is still a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

His story is remarkable given that he was not a top pick and he did not have the physical size that people associate with a modern-day top quarterback.  It was simply "Why not me?".

 Wilson had a lot of things going against him. He's only 5'11, which is much shorter than average for a quarterback. He was chosen 75th overall in the draft in a year where the spotlight was on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin the 3rd. He was taken in the 3rd round, meaning that every team (including Seattle) passed him over twice.  He was then chosen by Seattle which is a city not in the media spotlight like New York or Dallas. In the Super Bowl game itself, he went up against Peyton Manning and the question was mostly "How many points will the the Broncos win by?" and "How will a second Championship Ring cement Manning's career?".   Peyton had many years of experience while Wilson was only playing in his second year.

What happened? Wilson took the question "Why not you?", which his father often asked him, to heart and won the game. His team won it in convincing fashion in front of a world-wide television audience where the pressure must have been enormous.  It would have been easy for him to lose and simply say, "It's only my second year.  I have lots of time to win the big game in the future."

 Yet, he won.  He was young and not very experienced and going up against a decorated veteran in Peyton Manning.  Still, he recalled his father's words "Why not you?".

You can ask that same question in the mirror - "Why not you?" Success in life isn't about where you start but rather where you finish.  Russell Wilson had a lot going against him and still he succeeded.

 Many successful people started with only a dream and their own drive to succeed. They asked "Why not me?" and answered the question.

If you have a dream or a goal, then look in the mirror and say "Why not you?". Take the time and read about successful individuals. They likely started out with the same things as you but worked hard to achieve their success. You may never win a Super Bowl title like Russell Wilson but you can certainly reach your own goals, no matter how far off they may seem now.   If they can do it, why not you?

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