Thursday, February 02, 2006

On not giving up

Since this is a new blog, I’m not really sure who my audience is, at this point. One is never quite sure about any online endeavor, but with my more established site, Words Matter, I have a regular group of readers who post and keep me honest. Maybe at some point, this blog will have a similar group of “regulars”.

I’ve been thinking lately of many things, one of which is the difficultly that many new businesses have in breaking into the marketplace. Granted, there are always companies who strike it rich by being at "the right place at the right time, but for most, it takes perserverance and pluck to be succussful. Even then, there is always some equal measures of good luck and hoping the gods of fortune smile upon you in order to to carve out some small measure of fame, or a slight profit.

Speaking of perserverance, the example of Sean Morey, special teams player for the Super Bowl-bound, Pittsburgh Steelers is a case in point. Morey, who has a Maine connection in that he prepped at Hebron Academy, before attending Brown, was first drafted by the New England Patriots back in 1999.

While high profile teammates such as Jerome Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger garner the majority of press attention during the media circus that accompanies the week before professional sport’s premier event, Morey’s story is an interesting, as well as inspirational one.

As a 30-year-old special teams captain of the Steelers, he had many chances to turn in his chips and call it quits before this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in football’s grand finale materialized.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover has written a flattering article on Morey that captures the grit and determination of a player who should have quit five or six years ago. I’m sure friends and family told him to, or at least whispered behind his back about how foolish he was continuing to pursue a dream that was beyond his reach. Obviously, his wife deserves equal billing here, as her support allowed her husband to continue to pursue the elusive opportunity to play in a Super Bowl.

As my regular readers know, I'm not given to bursts of optimism, or and wouldn't characterised as overly sanguine. Yet, there are so many things about this article that are inspirational. Whether you follow sports or not, the example of Morey can be applied to anything, whether its pursuing a dream of running your own business, publishing a book, or ascending the corporate ladder.

I wasn't planning on paying much attention to the Super Bowl, but on the strength of this piece, I might just watch the opening kickoff and keep my eyes on #81 and his opening kamikaze dash down the field on the Steelers' kickoff squad.


Anonymous Alan said...

I've followed Morey's career. I also met him once. He seems very grounded, so I'm happy to see him achieve some success and some recognition.

Maybe nice guys do finish something other than last!


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