What does it mean to be a "man in the arena"?
On this week's podcast, Dr. Tom, Audio Velvet and Mr. Quote Master Flex reflect on this past N.F.L. Super Bowl and the man many of us know as Tom Brady. A man who is absolutely considered a G.O.A.T. when it comes to an N.F.L. quarterback. One does not simply become a G.O.A.T. Brady worked his literal ass off to become the best. It's true also that, while we may not know much about his personal life as sports fans (or even have the right to be able to comment on it), but to be this great at something in the public eye, it can be argued that Tom also has his discipline in check when it comes to being the best he can possibly be at home. It comes back to that word Discipline. Tom Brady absolutely the definition of "the man in the arena". A quote by Theodore Roosevelt that rings true through time and history.
Why is discipline so important?
Dec 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
When looking at a man like Tom Brady, he was and continues to be able to cut out the nonsense or "noise" in his life to focus in on what's important to win every single day. Taking those little tasks that come up in a single day and attacking them with 1000% effort. Winning the day. Discipline is key and one does not simply become disciplined by happen stance. Rather, it is developed through cultivating skills from attacking those daily tasks.
Join the dapper team to reflect on some incredible people who, just like Tom Brady, learned how to master the mental game. Why being disciplined in your beliefs, values, morals and standards are key to uphold your integrity and be proud of that "man in the mirror" looking back at you in the glass as Dr. Tom mentions in the podcast when referencing that famous poem. As a man it's important to dial in that mental game. It's okay to be disciplined and it's okay to be a man.
Quotes from the show
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” - Mahatma Gandhi
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but rising every time we fail” - Nelson Mandela
“Listen, we’re not losing. As a matter of fact, we never lose, we only learn” - Ray Lewis
"Suffering is a f$#king privilege" - Andy Frisella
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