Nick Foles, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, had an amazing performance on the field during the Super Bowl Sunday night. What has been even more impressive are his off-the-field post-game interviews, including an absolutely amazing quote that I will share with you below. Nick brings so much humility to this quote after just winning the biggest game of his life on the biggest stage on our planet. After I share with you his quote below, please keep reading as I reflect on 5 takeaways for you and me.
"I think the big thing is don't be afraid to fail. I think in our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it's a highlight reel. It's all the good things. And then when you look at it, when you think like, wow, when you have a rough day, 'My life's not as good as that,' you think you're failing.
Failure is a part of life. It's a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn't be up here if I hadn't fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.
We all are human, we all have weaknesses, and I think throughout this, it's been important to be able to share that and be transparent. I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weaknesses, I'm listening. Because it resonates.
So I'm not perfect. I'm not Superman. I might be in the NFL, I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that's where my faith comes in, that's where my family comes in.
I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that's just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that's just been the message. Simple. If something's going on in your life and you're struggling? Embrace it. Because you're growing." -Nick Foles
Okay, I hope that quote stirred something inside of you. No? Please read it again. :)
I absolutely love this quote from Nick for these 5 reasons:
1. We all have daily struggles. You, me, Nick, your neighbor, everyone. We all have daily struggles. Knowing this I think can help us not get too down in the dumps when we're having a bad day. Everyone has bad days. Everyone struggles. Even Super Bowl winning QB's. No matter our lot in life, we will have daily struggles.
2. Embrace your daily struggles. Don't run away from them. Face them. Engage them. Avoiding our daily struggles simply "kicks the can" down the road and means you'll have to eventually face them and they might be a lot worse in the future. Take on your daily struggles today. Now. I will share a book recommendation for this point. The book is The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday and is a brilliant read about how we need to actually take on obstacles to move forward in our life. Please read this book if you haven't yet.
3. Grow. The beauty of embracing your struggles means that you will grow. Think about going to the gym and lifting weights. You need to take on the struggle and strain of lifting heavy weights if you want your muscles to grow. Without struggle there can't be growth. Nick's quote perfectly demonstrates the concept of a "growth mindset" which you can read more about in a terrific book aptly titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.
4. Stay Humble, Hungry and Smart. I love Nick's humility in this quote. He just won the Super Bowl and he is not talking about how awesome he is. He is instead talking about how he has daily struggles and how he has failed. This is humility. And it is a beautiful thing. In addition to being humble, Nick clearly stayed "hungry" in his career, improving himself until he won the Super Bowl. And he is clearly smart. For a great book on the importance of staying Humble, Hungry and Smart in your career I highly recommend you read Patrick Lenconi's terrific book titled The Ideal Team Player.
5. Faith and Family matter. Amen. Make sure you have your priorities straight. Fame and fortune should probably not be your top priorities.
What other takeaways do you have from Nick's quote? Please share in the Comments section below!
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