There’s always something you can learn from someone who’s successful.
But it might surprise you that one of those things is: Don’t be afraid to fail.
That was what a grounded, genuine, humble Super Bowl champion quarterback Nick Foles responded with Monday morning when asked by the media what lesson others should take from his unexpected rise from backup to MVP.
In today’s video-happy world of social media, he explained, the only thing most people see are someone else’s highlights. They don’t see the behind-the-scenes work, the sacrifices – and all the times that winners fell flat on their face.
But in many ways, that triumph over adversity is what makes you. Embrace the struggle, Foles said. It means you’re growing.
Just as important, Foles’ rollercoaster ride to the top is an adventure that screams “never give up!”
He thought his football career was over after the 2015 season, when his team, the Rams, loaded up on quarterbacks. Likewise, Philadelphia Eagles fans could be forgiven for thinking their hopes for a first-ever Super Bowl win had been dashed this season when their team’s starter – former first-round pick and regular-season MVP candidate Carson Wentz – went down with a season-ending injury in game 14.
Foles proved the doubters wrong.
The successful will also tell you they didn’t do it alone.
Foles is quick to credit his teammates and young family for his success. And, notably, God.
“You know, I wouldn’t be out here without God, without Jesus, in my life,” he told the media. “I can tell you that, first and foremost.”
There’s always something you can learn from someone who’s successful. Within a few hours of his unlikely ascension to the top of the football world, Nick Foles was an absolute college course on achievement.