“If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?”
When you look at Tom Brady today, you see a super-successful guy at the top who’s married to one of the highest paid supermodels in the world, has many SuperBowl rings and is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Seeing him from the top down, it’s easy to assume he’s gotten lucky, but many people don’t know about where he first started out.
Tom Brady’s early life was nothing glorious — it was a constant struggle for recognition. He was just a normal guy, he didn’t even start as a quarterback his entire time in college. He wasn’t taken seriously — he was skinny and picked in the 6th round.
What the scouts failed to look at, though, was his heart and undying determination. Tom Brady’s love for the game — the fact that he can’t see himself doing anything else. What made Brady different and what the scouts didn’t look at: is his work ethic, coachability, discipline.
A lot of people think they work hard and think that they do enough to receive gratitude, but it’s hard to look in the mirror and imagine what it really takes to be successful. Can you truly say that you have done one thing, every single day for your whole life? Have you gotten up randomly at night not being able to sleep because you believe that if you do XYZ you’ll be closer to your dreams?
Tom Brady is an inspiration and his journey shows that whatever it is you want to do in your life, you can make it with a lot of hard work. What starts first is believing in yourself, when you’re in the 6th round in your life, everyone is casting you aside. What will you do? Are you going to give up? Or are you going to fight to prove people wrong?
Take a look at some of the best motivational quotes by Tom Brady to get a better idea of his life story and what it took to become as successful as he is now.
1. Don’t accept the victim mindset.
“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.” – Tom Brady
2. Develop an attitude of discipline.
“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.” – Tom Brady
3. Play to win.
“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.” – Tom Brady
4. Never be satisfied with where you’re at.
“You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.” – Tom Brady
5. Believe in yourself.
“If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?” – Tom Brady
6. Be in the present moment.
“I don’t care about three years ago… I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only things I care about is this week.” – Tom Brady
7. Do your job.
“My job is to play quarterback and I’m going to do that the best way I know how because I owe that to my teammates regardless or who is out there on the field with me.” – Tom Brady
8. Keep going through the pain.
“I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.” – Tom Brady
9. Push yourself everyday.
“You push your body to the limited but you have to train your body to deal with the limits.” – Tom Brady
10. Have a winning mindset.
“If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all.” – Tom Brady
11. Wake up to do your purpose.
“Maybe some people can wake up and play playstation all day, but that’s never been me.” – Tom Brady
12. Let the actions speak for you.
“I’m not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.” – Tom Brady
13. Wake up loving what you do.
“I don’t want to wake up and be bored. That’s probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do. What better job is there than to play quarterback for an NFL team, and certainly one that I’ve been on for a long time and had success with? I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon.” – Tom Brady
14. Life is more than what meets the eye.
“Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That’s not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that’s what life needs to be – and that if it’s not that, it’s all screwed up. It’s not.” – Tom Brady
15. Always remember where you started.
“You never get over losses. I’ve never gotten over one loss I’ve had in my career. They always stick with me.” – Tom Brady
16. Put your trust first in everybody.
“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.” – Tom Brady
17. Be inspired but others who followed the same path.
“You know, watching Dan Marino and Steve Young get nominated to the Hall of Fame… those guys are unbelievable and they did it for so long. I’d love to play like those guys, but there’s still a long way to go and a lot of growing. “ – Tom Brady
18. Keep going even if you don’t feel like it.
“After the first day of practice, there’s not one guy who’s playing at 100 percent or who feels great. Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day – it just hurts.” – Tom Brady
19. Respect others and demand respect for yourself.
“I think I have a certain respect for people, you know. And I guess a lot of times I expect that respect to go both ways.” – Tom Brady
20. Let your emotions out some times..
“I’m an emotional person. Sometimes I can’t help it.” – Tom Brady
21. Do what you love to do.
“Every man should know, if you’re comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it.” – Tom Brady
22. Everybody deals with problems in their life.
“Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.” – Tom Brady
23. Take full ownership of your responsibilities.
“If you’re a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.” – Tom Brady
24. Believe in the process.
“You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.” – Tom Brady
25. Accept the mistakes you made.
“I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I’ve already made them.” – Tom Brady
26. Do as much as you can.
“I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough, because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things, and other things it doesn’t work.” –Tom Brady
27. Accept that you will make mistakes but recognize what went wrong.
“There are times when you throw an interception and you’re beating yourself up.” – Tom Brady