Both coaches in today's Super Bowl, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, have coached championships teams. They are regarded as the best at what they do. Both have also led teams that were not successful. When Carroll coached New England, many experts thought he would never be a great coach. The same is true of Belichick's time with the Cleveland Browns. Both coaches had faith in themselves and their talent. The picked themselves up and gave themselves another chance to succeed. Successful people often have a low point in their career. Their critics call them losers. Real champions like Carroll and Belichick end up with the last laugh.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning suffered a serious neck injury a few years ago. The experts said his career was probably over. Manning believed in himself, worked hard in rehab, and has had two great years playing in Denver.
The experts said Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson was too short. His arm wasn't strong enough. Wilson believed in himself, and he has turned his team into a consistent winner.
Believe in yourself.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ punter Jeremy Kapinos is a winner. After being cut last year by the Green Bay Packers, Kapinos experienced something not uncommon in America – he had trouble finding a job. Over the course of this year, Kapinos worked out for 12 different teams before signing with the Steelers in December.
When we think of sports, our focus tends to be on the stars, the people who have never had a problem getting the job. Jeremy Kapinos endured the frustration that so many Americans have faced over the past three years. Again and again, he heard the word we all dread, “No.” But Kapinos did not quit. He kept going to tryouts (job interviews in the sports world). More importantly, he maintained a positive spirit. Where did it lead him? The Super Bowl.
This story underscores Seth Godin’s model in The Dip. Successful people know what and when to quit. And they know when to stick, when to push against what is hard and do what it takes to achieve their goal. Jeremy Kapinos is a model of persistence and why it is important in managing a career. Whatever happens on the field this Sunday, Kapinos will be a true winner.