That guy in the picture there is Ryan Mallett, former Arkansas Razorback football quarterback.
Why do I have him as the picture for today's topic? Because in the recent NFL Draft he wasn't drafted until the 3rd round which was unexpected.
Now, even though there are 7 rounds you could technically say that Mr. Mallet was not a "mid-round" pick. And, you'd be right.
However, his talent and ability is definitely worth more than a 3rd round pick. Why, then, did he not get selected until the 3rd round? "Off the field issues" is what they are called and a lot of NFL team owners and coaches want to stay as far away as possible from someone that might have problems with these AMPLIFIED "off the field issues" once getting into the NFL.
Am I picking on Ryan Mallett? Absolutely not! He now has something to prove (and he has said that himself) to a lot of people out there that overlooked him as an addition to his team. Will he? Only time will tell.
But, here's the deal...he'll have the OPPORTUNITY!
You see, for all of us, that's all we can really expect or ask for. An opportunity!
No matter who you are or what you do, YOU have an opportunity each and every day to better yourself and your position at whatever it is that you are doing.
EVERY DAY. OPPORTUNITY!
You may be one (like Mr. Mallett) that belongs in a higher position than where your currently find yourself. Maybe you are one that WAS in a higher position but, like we discussed yesterday, got distracted and lost some valuable ground. What are you doing about that TODAY?
Or maybe you are one that has always been considered "average". Your parents never pushed you much or expected you to do more than "average". And, because of that, you never really pushed yourself or expected much out of yourself other than "average".
Now, yes, I understand that you may be doing 100% where you are right now. And, if that is so, my hat is off to you and I also say, "keep up the good work!".
But, for many of you/us...we're NOT doing 100% where we find ourselves right now.
Hey, raise the bar of expectation a little bit and see what happens not only in YOUR life but also in the lives of everyone around you.
Yeah, really. Go ahead. Give it a try and see what happens.
Be DETERMINED that you are going to prove anyone that ever said you were average WRONG!
PROVE IT TO YOURSELF!
Separate yourself from the crowd and rise above the rest.
(Hey, where's my trumpet? I feel like I need to do the "charge" thing!)
But seriously. Whoever told you that you were average and that you never should expect more were likely average themselves and didn't want you to excel above and beyond them.
And, by the way....who told you that you had to listen to and believe them in the first place?
Think about all of this and share some of your thoughts on this and how it relates to your life or the lives of those around you. I'd love to hear from you.
But, until next time...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"