Go Ahead, Be Elite And Be Confident

At the beginning of the season, Eli Manning was asked by a reporter if he was an elite quarterback, playing at a comparable level to Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. His answer… “Yes.”

Much was made of his response. Pundits don’t have better things to do with their time than debate performance, wins, losses, and a whole host of subjective criteria.

Sunday Eli Manning won his second Superbowl Championship. He also won his second Superbowl MVP award. Mr. Manning also had one of the best statistical Superbowls ever played at his position. He is now easily one of the best of all time in the category that really matters… Superbowl wins.

There is a fine line between arrogance and false humility. In that middle ground is an admirable trait of leadership: Confidence. Confidence breeds confidence in others. Confidence combined with performance cultivates a team. Teams accomplish missions.

Develop your skills. Become one of the best at what you do. Don’t be afraid of being forthright when you are asked a direct question about the nature of your skills. Give an honest assessment. Go out on the field and prove it. Enjoy the victories that are sure to follow with your teammates.