Name: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr.
Birthday: 3 August 1977
Profession: NFL Player
Before he was a household name and before his many titles, Tom Brady was another Quarterback trying to fit in at the University of Michigan. He needed someone to help him unlock and clear his mind which was Greg Harden, Michigan’s Associate Athletic Director. Harden talked to every freshman class that came in, looking at the issues of self-defeating attitudes and behaviours, relationship mastery and other different methodologies. He also performed giant group therapy focused around building a strong team work ethic.
Brady met with Harden for a private visit as he needed support to become the starting Quarterback at Michigan. Harden told him he would not be able to get him the role he desired but if Brady did his job correctly and became the absolute and best competitor on the field, he would have a shot at what he wanted. Brady considered transferring after losing the battle for the starting QB position. Harden explained that even if he transferred, he would still have to prove himself wherever he went, so it was better to stick to his current team, stop complaining and fight for his dream.
By his junior year, Brady had one his starting position, still however, he continued to meet with Hardy every week. He would sit in his office before every game to prepare himself mentally and had a natural hunger to be the best. The NFL scouts were still unimpressed following his success but eventually he was selected by the New England Patriots as he fell to #199 in the NFL Draft. People thought he was too skinny and funny looking but he was the sort of person that would do whatever it took to please people, especially authority figures.
The lessons taught to him at Michigan have stuck with him to this day. He made sure to bring a high level of competitiveness to practice sessions to ensure he would be able to play in the matches at the weekend. Any training exercise which was not up to his standards, Brady felt a fear of losing his spot to a replacement. He wanted to earn the right to feel like the star of the team every single day because he felt that is what would be best for his team. He used fear as a motivator and he didn’t like the attitude of those that become lazy after hitting success, which is very common.
He made himself easy to work with because of his respect for authority and structure and as such, capitalised on this. He worked his way up to become the Patriot’s backup and when the 1st choice QB went down with injury, Brady was ready and stood up to be counted on. He mastered his insecurities and fears in brief moments, to silence the noise and clutter to focus solely on the task at hand. He constantly wrestled his own personal obstructions in search of perfection. He has since risen higher and higher and received a high number or team and personal titles. He is now widely considered to be among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
Tom Brady MBTI (Probable):
The ENFP (Discoverer) is often an initiator of change who are extremely perceptive of possibilities. They are able to energise and stimulate other people through their enthusiasm, which can be contagious. They prefer the start-up phase of a project or relationship and can be tireless in their pursuit of new interests. The ENFP is able to anticipate the needs of others and offer them the help and appreciation they need. Overall, they look to bring joy, liveliness and zest to all aspects of their lives.
Tom Brady Mindset – Quotes:
“Every man should know, if you’re comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the girls think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it.”
“Proper sleep has helped me get to where I am today as an athlete, and it is something that I continue to rely on every day.”
“I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I’ve already made them.”
“I think that at the start of a game, you’re always playing to win, and then maybe if you’re ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.”
“I really love training and being in good shape, and it’s so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me.”
“Maybe some people can wake up and play PlayStation all day, but that’s never been me.”
“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.”
“A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.”
“If someone lies, well, you had a choice to trust that person or not. I think the way my father raised me, well, he trusted everybody. And that worked for him.”
Brady’s Keys to Success:
- Play to Win – With any of your important ventures, you should participate as though you are trying to be the best and to win. It is okay to “just participate” if it is something which has little importance to you, but for your real passions and your career, you need to give everything.
- Ignore your Mistakes – Once you have made a mistake, there are occasions when there is nothing you can do to reverse it. In these times, you need to be able to accept it, remember it happened when needed but not ruminate on it. This will prevent you by making the same mistake again.
- Don’t Waste Time – Try to identify the limiting habits and behaviours which are holding you back. Spending time in pursuits that do not contribute to your career, health or well-being are often the easiest to spend too much time doing. Choose how you pass your time wisely.
Tom Brady – Facts:
- In terms of his diet, he eats mostly plant-based, local organic foods. He avoids highly processed foods. The foods he eats are “anti-inflammatory”, made up of mostly “alkaline” foods. Additionally, he can drink up to 37 glasses of water each day (not recommended).
- His jersey number is #12, despite being #10 in college. He was given #12 from former equipment manager of New England Patriots, Don Brocher. Brady decided to stick with the number to his success with the jersey.
- He is currently married to Gisele Bundchen.
- His other interests include Yoga, Surfing, Golf and Transcendental Meditation.