It’s a little known fact that I strive to one day become like Coach Eric Taylor, Head Football Coach of the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions (Friday Night Lights). For those that know me, it is actually a well-known fact. In my opinion, it is the greatest show ever on television. I recommend any person who lives coaching to watch this show. This weeks QotW comes from Coach Taylor.
“Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He’s gonna fight and he’s gonna lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself.” – Coach Eric Taylor
This is at the core of competition and what it means to be successful. There will be moments
in the heat of competition where you will have to ask yourself a question. How important is winning at this moment? Am I willing to cross the line just for victory? As Coach Taylor says, every man loses at some point. Failure is inevitable in your quest for success. We are tempted to take shortcuts to obtain victory. It happens every day with the use of performance enhancing drugs. Athletes are caught blurring and crossing the lines because winning is so important to them. Political elections are riddled with unscrupulous tactics to gain the advantage and win a public office.
In any competition, someone will lose and someone will win. Are you willing to give up what you value to gain an advantage? Marcus Luttrell wrote in The Lone Survivor that the Navy SEALS have a slogan. “Your reputation is everything.” You are who you are, and if people perceive you as one who is willing to cross the lines of what is ethical just to achieve short-term gains, then that is who you are.
In every battle, the temptation rears its head, and your character will be defined by how you respond to the temptation. Winning isn’t everything. At the end of every season, only one team wins the championship, but that does not mean that you have not had success. Although there is disappointment in losing, there is much to be gained. In life sometimes you just lose and there is nothing you can do about it, but staying true yourself is more important than any one victory, because character breeds long-term success.
Are you willing to sacrifice your reputation for a battle? Will character win the war? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.