joe namath

Ah, Joe Namath. “Broadway Joe!”

There had been thousands of professional NFL/AFL quarterbacks before Joe. So, what happened? Did God break the mold or what?

There is a fantastic HBO special on Joe Namath that everyone should watch. This guy hit the professional league like no one before him. He was special. He was so special, even his own team mates didn’t like him. How could they? How many rookies show up at camp in a brand new Lincoln with two “babes” under each arm?

He didn’t stop there. In an era of short hair and clean shaven, “Broadway Joe” decided to go with long hair, side burns, and even a foo-man-chew! How do you not love that? Commercials were not even commercials anymore. Joe wore pantyhose, showers with Farrah Fawcett. This guy man… He owned New York, America, he changed everything!

The hate and jealously soon turned to love, inspiration, and admiration. Joe knew how to throw touchdowns and he knew how to win (even guaranteed it). He also knew how to put velocity on the ball. His receivers were black and blue, not from being hit by middle linebackers, but a football thrown by Joe Namath.

There is a value in standing out, not going with the flow. In business, its the same way. You want to be special? You want to standout? You will never do it if you just “go with the flow.” You must disrupt. You must take chances. You must have the passion and desire to do and be like no one before you. (I’m writing this to you but also myself)

In business, I have had much more success when I looked at the competition and didn’t do what they did. It doesn’t matter who or what you work for or with. You must find ways to separate yourself form the pack. Creativity, heart, and passion will take you much farther than your IQ or intelligence will ever take you! (Thank the good Lord for that)

When its all said and done, ask yourself one question, while you sit down to write that book on your “life story,” will anyone want to read it?

Make it a good life. Make it exciting. God only made one like you so take it to the market place and cash in, its the one thing no one can ever take from you. Its all yours baby, make it happen, and keep the faith!

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