I’m a football fan. CFL, NFL and college games. They’re all good.
Living where I do, I cheered proudly for the Red Blacks this season, but having been born and raised in the west I have to confess that if you cut me I still bleed Rider green.
I love football not only for the excitement of the game but for the many lessons that can be learned from the motivation, attitude and teamwork that must be in place to field a winning team.
There have been many life and success lessons learned from watching and reading what the great football coaches and players say and do. As I often mention during my workshops and coaching sessions, wisdom is everywhere. You just have to keep your spidey-senses up all the time.
Few examples better than this exist. I’m not sure who actually first wrote this but I’m going to give it to you as I heard it. The story centres on one of the greatest coaches in football history, Paul “Bear” Bryant. I’m pretty sure he didn’t write it. I’m not even sure if the story is true. But I like it and it’s my blog 🙂
By any standard, Paul Bryant was a superb strategist, motivator and coach. He is legendary, not only for his track record of success with the Crimson Tide but for his remarkable winning percentage and his longevity in the league. In the tough world of US College Football Bryant put up winners and contenders from 1958 until his passing in 1982. You read that correctly. Head Coach for 24 years. Remarkable.
All of which brings me to my point. Although the author of what follows is unclear, legend has it that it was found in Paul “Bear” Bryant’s wallet after his passing. Whether or not it was isn’t important. The message is.
THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT
Imagine that you had won the this lottery prize: Every morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in a private account for your personal use. Sounds amazing.
However, the prize has rules:
- Everything that you didn’t spend during the day would be taken away from you.
- You have no way to transfer the money into a different account.
- You must spend it or lose it by the end of the day.
- Every morning the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day only.
- Most importantly, the bank can end the deposits without warning at any time. It can simply close the account and the prize disappears.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Because you had to spend all the money today or lose it you would most likely buy anything and everything you wanted, not only for yourself but for everyone you love. You might even spend some of the money on people you don’t even know because it would be selfish to spend it all on yourself. Certainly, you would try to spend every penny because you knew it couldn’t be carried over until tomorrow.
ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS REAL
Every one of us has already won this lottery. We just need to see it.
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds to spend that day. When we go to sleep at night any remaining time we haven’t spent is not credited to tomorrow. What we haven’t used that day is forever lost.
Each morning, when we wake, the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time without warning.
SO, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds today?
Enjoy every second of your life! And remember to spend every single one.
As always, something to think about: “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” (Paul “Bear” Bryant)
Interesting twist. I like that one.