Cam Newton is one of the most dominant football players in the NFL. He is the arguably the best player today, having led his team all the way to the Superbowl and mostly in a dominant fashion.
Yet, most people in America will openly criticize him because they feel that he is unprofessional. They feel like he throws tantrums and they feel like he is a bad role model. Some have even went as far as to call him a boy.
That’s right. Scores of fat, lazy people eating chicken wings and drinking beer are criticizing Cam Newton for being a bad role model.
This is what Cam had to say…
“I said it since day one, I am who I am. I know what I am capable of and I know where I’m going. I don’t have to conform to anyone else’s wants for me to do. I am my own person and I take pride in that.”
Cam admits to being a sore loser. He trains everyday, relentlessly, in pursuit of a goal that he failed to achieve. He was upset and did not feel like conforming to societal norms.
And why should he?
Why should a professional athlete conform to the pressures of professional criticizers. Professional arm chair quarterbacks, masters only of beer drinking and wing eating.
Most in his position will try to gain sympathy from the viewers. They will appear humble in defeat and act in accordance with the expectations made of them. It is by far the easier thing to do.
Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. – Cam Newton
Doing what you want to do in accordance with your own beliefs is much harder. Paradoxically, that is exactly the same attitude that probably enabled the professionals to get to that level.
They probably discounted the advice of their overweight and aging coaches as youths. They probably ignored the cheap criticisms of their friends when pressured to party in high school and throughout college. Their work ethic and drive to succeed was most likely internal and most likely scrutinized by every other conforming, unimpressive, and unsuccessful person on their way to the top.
Winning matters. It pays to be a winner.
The Laws of Success are measurable and observable. For business, success requires a profit. You can make the biggest impact in the world but if you aren’t making a profit, then you are failing to achieve universal success. In sports, success requires winning. And for Cam, success means winning it all.
Winners don’t abide by the expectations of society.