I love the various times of year when the best play the best. The Final 4, The World Series or as we are currently experiencing the National Championship followed immediately by the drive to the Super Bowl. These elite events always bring out great stories of individual accomplishment. Whether people are having a great year, whether they have overcome adversity or whether it has just been a fabulous blending of talent and togetherness. Remember, there is an old adage " your best players do not necessarily make your best team". At these special moments we get to see the best teams.
One of the things that we are constantly reminded of during these events is that the super talented and the great teams win, not solely on talent, but because they do not stray far from the fundamentals. Before they win, they do not lose!
I heard a great story this past weekend that illustrates my point. In watching the New England vs the Chargers game a commentator remarked about how during the Patriots bye week Tom Brady had his personal QB coach, Tom House, visit. Think about it. A 41 year old player that has been as successful as Tom has still takes the time to get a tune up on his fundamentals. He went on to play very well and smiled when the game was over as he remarked how the general public has been predicting his and New England's demise for a while now.
I am not about to predict whether New England will beat KC to go on to yet another Super Bowl, What I will say is we all should learn from their success. It is not fancy schemes or super human talent that wins over time, it s being fundamentally sound in everything we do.
Take time to review the fundamentals in your life and line of work and I am sure you too will be better off.