What Are You Going To Do Next?

It has been a hard week to be Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He has had a lot of success in his career as a football coach but one call he made in last Sunday’s Super Bowl will forever be etched in NFL history as a colossal blunder. We all blunder from time to time, but when your mistake is made on the biggest stage in the world, it can be especially hard to bear.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not losing any sleep over Mr. Carroll’s plight. I’m sure his millions of dollars have comforted him satisfactorily in the midst of his embarrassment.

But I bring this up simply to point out what we all already know. That we all make decisions that, in hindsight, we know we should not have made. We all mess up, sometimes very publicly. Making bad decisions, saying stupid things, etc., failing to notice what is glaringly obvious to others, make us all wish that we had a do-over button.

As I was typing just now, I had a notification from a sports app on my phone quoting J.J. Watt, commenting on today being National Signing Day when high school football players determine where they will play their college football. These high school kids are ranked with stars as a gage for how good some “experts” believe they are as prospects. Mr. Watt said, “It’s not all about how many stars you have or how many cameras show up at your signing. It’s what you do next.”

Mr. Watt knows whereof he speaks. He was a two-star player coming out of high school, not very high. Today, he is widely regarded as being one of the best players in the NFL. So the question speaks to us all who have failed embarrassingly, miserably, repeatedly, maybe even publicly. What are you going to do next?

Brad Fry

Published in: on February 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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