It’s football season in America and for the next several months (oh, there also is a presidential election, but that’s a topic for another day) a lot of talk will be about who ran the ball, threw the ball, caught or dropped the ball. There will be much ado about who won the game; who lost the game; all of which got me thinking: will there be much talk about how someone played the game?
I got my answer recently when I read a series of articles on Peyton Manning. For the few who don’t ”know” Peyton Manning, for many years he was quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He is a person who showed up game after game, with a long list of accomplishments over his career including one of the best records and highest winning teams in football (remember, I’m from New England). Yet, last year, Peyton lost his job. The good news: he quickly found another—at the Denver Broncos. But like the rest of us, when work life changes unexpectedly (and in his case gets national attention), there is no way of getting around the many ups and downs of a career transition.
Almost without exception, every article I read detailed the positive way Peyton handled his ”job loss.” He gathered himself up and every day did the work he had to do to be ready for taking to the field this season. He looks back on the past with pride and toward the future with promise. What I enjoyed most however was reading the many personal examples he gave of the “community of people who helped him.” These articles reminded me that whatever the sport—business, academics, non-profit, or football, when you give your best, act your best, and be your best, how you play does gets remembered! Makes even a Patriots fan want to quietly whisper: “Have a great season, Peyton.”