Last night’s NFC Championship game provided for a nice bit of entertainment. It started a little slow, but some big plays, bigger hits, and great catches made it a fun game to watch.
And then, there was Richard Sherman.
If you don’t know football (I really don’t), Richard Sherman is a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks. He’s regarded as one of the best in the game, and is the star of the Seattle secondary.
Sherman came up big in the last play of the game, forcing an interception by tipping a ball heaved to the end zone. Essentially, his defense allowed the Seahawks to halt the driving 49ers.
Of course, after the game was over, Richard was interviewed by one of the lovely sports reporters on the field
He was, let’s say, a little hyped.
If you didn’t hear about this masterful nugget of speech, here it is.
Inspirational, if nothing else.
I know, you’re probably saying, “That guy seems like a total arse.” And you may or may not be correct. But there is something about Richard Sherman that I think we can all learn from.
You have to believe you’re the best at what you do.
Sherman is a great player. He’s proved that with his on-field performance. But there’s something that sets him apart from the loads of other great defensive backs that play in the NFL.
Sherman believes, with all his heart, that he is the best in the game.
There isn’t a doubt in his mind that he isn’t better than anyone who lines up across from him. He knows there isn’t anyone who can beat him, and there isn’t any play he can’t make. He’s super-skilled, and he’s absolutely aware of it. That’s what makes him so dangerous.
Yes, there is a fine line between cocky and confident. I’m not gonna say that Sherman didn’t tip-toe that line, if not take a leap over it, but his confidence is still something that we can look at and learn from.
He made the big play when it counted. If he wasn’t there to tip that ball, it very well could have been caught. The sports news would look much different today if Sherman wasn’t there to defend.
Why did he make the play? Because he knew he could.
Apply this to anything in your life. Taking a test, writing a report, presenting a project, or being interviewed for a job. You have to be confident in yourself to do well at any of this stuff. You have to believe you’re the best at what you’re doing. If you don’t, you’re gonna suck. Also, no one’s gonna give a shit about you sucking.
All you have to do is tell yourself “I know I can do this.” Remind yourself of your awesomeness. That will come through in whatever you’re trying to accomplish.
As one of my good friends once told me, confidence is key. You have to believe in your skills and talents. If you don’t, no one will.
What Richard Sherman is really trying to tell us is very simple; believe you’re the best. Then be the best.
Thank you, Richard Sherman, for showing me the light. I can only hope to be like you in every facet of my life *insert semi-sarcastic grin*
Not on my side? Disagree, perhaps? Well, there’s a little comment box right below this post where you can voice your opinion. I’d be more than happy to engage in a battle of wits to settle any argument that you may present. Comment, if you dare.
This post was inspired by one of my roommates who saw Sherman’s potential when everyone else was calling him curse words