Fourth Age Communiqué - Leadership for the rest of us

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Things we can all learn from Brett Favre

Brett Favre is high up on a very short list of all-time greatest NFL quarterbacks. And yet his re-instatement to the NFL, and the ensuing controversy, culminating in a trade to his new team holding great promise, only for their hopes to be dashed, was equally one for the books.

These are some takeaways that resonate with us all.

  • Even living legends are expendable.
  • You may control your own career destiny, but management still has a pretty significant say in the process.
  • If you make a commitment, stick to it.
  • If you change your mind, accept that there are consequences beyond your control.
  • Always leave off on a good note. You just never know whom you'll be working for next.
  • You can't succeed on your reputation alone.
Late additions:
  • It's hard to get out from under your own shadow.
  • Sometimes the pedestal we find ourselves on is just too seductive to step off.
  • Maybe Sandy Koufax, Jim Brown and Joe DiMaggio were on to something.



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