A Game Won, But Life's Not Over

Why Texas' Rose Bowl Win Over USC In 2006 Victory Is Overrated

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• Don’t Peak Too Early
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Wise Words.

“The need to be normal is the predominant anxiety disorder in modern life.”

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For The Kids.

Don’t Peak Too Early.

In 2006, the University of Southern California Trojans played the University of Texas Longhorns in the BCS National Championship football game.

USC entered the game with a 34-game winning streak.

They had two of the best players in the country.

Texas was an underdog.

Pretty much no one picked them to win the game.

But that night, in front of nearly 94,000 people at the Rose Bowl, and with 35 million people watching on television, the University of Texas beat USC.

They proved the haters wrong.

Underdog stories are great. However, this story goes much deeper.

In the locker room after the game, Texas head coach Mack Brown arrived for his post-game speech.

He congratulated the players for winning the national championship.

Then, he said something that the players would never forget:

“I don’t want this to be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.”

“When you’re 54,” he continued, “I don’t want you to say, ‘Winning a football game was the best thing that ever happened in my life.’ You’ll have it. And you’ll be a champion for the rest of your life. You make sure that’s one of the best sports things in your life.”


Fresh from winning a national championship, their coach tells them to make sure that something better happens in their lives.

Damn right.

This story is an important reminder.

Don’t focus so much on what you did yesterday that you lose sight of what’s possible tomorrow.

When you commit, believe, and act as if the best is ahead, things begin to change for the better.

Get This.

How to know if you’re dealing with an amateur on the grill? They ask “how long” to cook something. The better question: “What temperature do I cook this to?

Sure, you can buy the fancy thermometers that connect to your phone (I have a few). And … I like this basic one that sticks on my outdoor fridge. Costs less than $10.

Read. Listen. Watch.

Beginner-friendly wood working projects. Things being made (warning: addicting). What time will you be home (aka from defensive to dependable)? How nature can improve your mental health. When is the last time you shut down your computer? What happens when you don’t stretch.

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