Saturday, September 1, 2012

Good Sheppard needed on the Path

I love this quote from Dante's inferno "In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself astray in a dark wood where the straight road had been lost." If you always saw the road ahead of you, the trip/journey would not be worthwhile. 

Unpredictability is one of life's greatest gifts and nowhere else is this more self evident than in sports. The best leagues to play in are the one's where the championship is up for grabs and unpredictable. Competition drives interest, excitement, desire, and hunger. That's one of the biggest reasons why the NFL is so popular - Parity. When you have 3-6+ teams vying  for the title it creates an ultra competitive environment where on any given day anyone can win.  
These say "your only as strong as your weakest link" and in the ultra competitive environment of sports you often see "a little guy or a guy you don't expect" make a difference.

That's why every team needs a Good Shepherd. Without getting too religious (god knows I am not religious) the metaphor of a Good Sheppard is simple "no one gets left behind". Teams that have players that make other players better and get the most out of everyone regardless of their skill level are always better off. It's easy to pick on your scrubbiest guy, great players are "Good Sheppard's" and make everyone feel important.

The path to the championship is not always clear and you never know when you will need everyone. Instead of tearing someone down try being a Good Sheppard and you just may arrive at your final championship destination in an unforeseen way. Confidence is fragile and Hero's aren't born, they are made from Leadership. Corny but true

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