Last month I wrote about having the ability, when facing adversity, to have “FEAR.”  Face Everything and Rise. Today, I continue to expand on that. Are you ready to face adversity?

For those of you that don’t know, I have been a football coach for 25 years. This passion of mine comes from a desire to educate. I want to teach young men about life. I feel confident saying you cannot learn the necessary traits needed to equip you for life anywhere else but in battle. Whether that battle be a literal battle, on a football field, in the workplace, how choose to fight will shape your life. On a football field, at any given moment, adversity can strike. As a CEO/Quarterback, I know I need to keep calm when I am thrust into the throes of these battles.

One thing is for certain, in football, just like in life, you must always stay humble. The person who weathers the storm with grace can calmly make decisions while chaos breaks loose. There is no better life lesson for a young man or woman participating in athletics, or any professional, than to put them to the test. When we push ourselves to escape our limits we remove the fear of failure and become proud. The human mind and body are incredible but spirit is often overlooked. As CEO’s we look at analytics surrounding our potential new hires but we often don’t ask the questions that truly separate one from the other; ‘’Tell me about a situation in your life that didn’t go well and how did you respond?” No degree from a top school or amazing athletic scholarship can beat heart and soul.

When your spirit cannot be broken then it’s likely you will be successful.

Football is like life. We need the adversity to prove our worth. We need to see how much we can take. Those of you in management positions reading this blog know that when you push your employees to rise, they will. The ones that can’t or don’t usually move on to lesser roles because they know their limit or are afraid to push themselves–afraid of FEAR

So this month’s wisdom to all of you out there, crave adversity! For it is within the challenging moments of life, the critical points, where the winners show up. Challenge yourself today to do something out of your comfort zone.

Let’s get out there and have a great October!