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Drew Brees: When No One Was Watching By Keith Cunningham

by | In the Magazine, Keith Cunningham

In 1996, I watched a young high school quarterback take his Austin, Texas football team to an undefeated season and the State Championship… I saw all sixteen games that year because one of my sons played on this team.

The quarterback was Drew Brees. I knew he was a really good athlete, but I didn’t think he was as good as he has turned out to be.

Drew set the all-time NFL career passing touchdown record. (He plays for the New Orleans Saints…The video below was taken 24 hours before that record was set.)

So the obvious question is: How could all the fans watching him 23 years ago have missed his spectacular potential and ultimate success? (I can assure you no one saw this coming!)

The Answer Is: 

We couldn’t see what he would do when no one was watching.

We couldn’t know how he would train, sacrifice, and practice (even when he had already done enough). 

We didn’t know if he would look for shortcuts or be willing to do the work.

Here are the questions I want you to ask yourself when you have watched this 2½ minute video: 

1.      What am I doing to improve my game when no one is watching?

2.      Where do I need to invest some additional time to take it up a notch?

3.      Where have I settled for “good enough” and “shortcuts” versus mastery?

“Ain’t no shortcuts in this world… You get what you put in.” – Reggie Bush

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Keith Cunningham 

Keith Cunningham

 About Keith Cunningham

American entrepreneur, international speaker, and acclaimed author, Keith J. Cunningham is regarded as one of the foremost authorities and teachers on business mastery. With more than forty-five years of business and investing experience, Keith has taught critical business skills to thousands of top executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs around the world.

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