Last night the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots with a score of 21-17. Making for one of the most riveting games in Superbowl XLVI, the Giants win came with three crucial plays. These same plays (reinterpreted) can also serve as a great strategy in making your own dreams come true. Here’s what we all learned from Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Chase Blackburn, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mario Manningham.
Pulling Ahead of the Game
In only the second drive of the game, Victor Cruz pulled through with a two-yard touchdown with a catch from Eli Manning. Jump-starting the game with a 9-0 lead, the Giants’ early lead made a huge difference in the success of the team throughout the battle for the following 3 hours or so.
In the business world, being ahead of the game is more than just being the first to think of an idea or solution. Although that, too, is obviously a great accomplishment and way to success, it’s the drive to do more and go further than the next person in line. If I thought of a great invention in technology, but didn’t take the necessary time to patent and trademark it, the person who comes along and does, will be the benefactor. So even though the Giants made this great play in the early stages of the game, it wasn’t the determining factor in their success, although it played a great contributing role.
Make Every Moment Count
In the game of football, the defense is just as important as the offense. And interceptions are the key to the success of the defense line. The Patriots changed the rhythm of the game, entering the fourth quarter with a 17-15 lead. But on the second play of the quarter, the Giants’ Chase Blackburn intercepted Tom Brady’s pass intended for Rob Gronkowki at the 8-yard line. This interception was a huge turnover for the Giants; losing the Patriots’ major opportunity to score again, which would have proved a much more difficult battle to overcome.
This is a classic example of utilizing every given moment; carpe diem (seize the day). In your career, every opportunity that comes along may not be tantalizing, but some may be worth while. Maybe it’s not offering as much as you’d like, but if it allows the possibility of growing towards your ultimate goal, it may be more beneficial than another that does pay more. Along the same lines, unexpected instances arise daily, and it’s important to learn how to take advantage. You never know where it could take you if you don’t try.
In the most historical moment of the night, which will undoubtedly go in the Superbowl Hall of Fame, Mario Manningham proved the importance of being educated and well-aware. With 3:46 seconds left in the game, Eli Manning threw a great, but difficult pass down the sideline to Manningham. Surrounded by two opposing defenses, Manningham was able to catch the ball, place both feet on the ground, and secure the landing in a 12-yard line trailing.
Manningham was prepared. He understood the rules of the game, and what it would take to make the play successful with no challenges. Even though Bill Belichick challenged the play, Manningham stayed in bounds so clearly that the play was upheld. In this same way should you be prepared for anything that comes your way. Through interviews, light networking, social networking, and beyond, know what it is you do, what it is that you want, and where it is you’re looking to go. Being prepared is a sign of confidence. This confidence was displayed by both the Giants and the Patriots, but ultimately, the Giants’ preparedness led them to the victory line. You can do the same.