All of us share one thing in common: we face challenges that threaten to derail us and keep us from fulfilling our full potential. And, these challenges can also provide our greatest opportunities.
For the last 30 years, I’ve been a speaker, mentor, and team leader because of my deep conviction in our individual and collective potential when we turn obstacles into opportunities. It’s why I’ve worked hard to strengthen relationships and help people face and overcome the pressures of life.
When I was an NFL quarterback, I learned how to attack a blitz. We planned plays and adjustments to run when we recognized it was coming. If the whole offense communicated quickly, we could turn blitzes into big plays. I learned that a quarterback both gives and gains confidence by trusting teammates, practicing collaboration and staying flexible.
Blitzes aren’t limited to the NFL. At times in my life, everything seemed to be collapsing. I began to see the insecurities, communication failures, and selfish relationships that will get a QB, or any of us, sacked.
Everything clicked when I realized we could apply the best strategies for facing a blitz to life. It was amazing how perfectly it translated: focus long-term, be willing to change and prioritize team relationships. As I lived these strategies, I realized they were the key to turning trials into triumphs. And I’d found my passion – sharing this hope and helping leaders and teams implement it.