75. Why Average People Hate Phenomenal Achievers

I can admit, I was one of those people who was NOT in favor of Tom Brady or the patriots winning Superbowl 51 on February 5, 2017. I, like many others, rooted for the underdog -- Atlanta Falcons.

  photo credit: Fox 50

photo credit: Fox 50

To be honest, rooting for anyone other than my Houston Texans stung a bit. How can I possibly cheer for anyone taking home the trophy except for the city that's actually HOSTING the Superbowl? But hey, I need to be real patient about my Houston Texans. Not saying they can't bring one back to H-town, but I'm saying that we need some real work in our organization.

But, back to topic. There's one thing that I have to admit, although I'm like many others who's in no way, shape, or form a fan of Brady, his associations, or questionable behaviors from previous seasons, I can put my feelings aside and admit: Tom Brady is phenomenal at what he does. And you know what?

It's kind of funny how most people despise folks that are good at what they do.

Have you ever just sat back and thought about that? Again, I'm not talking about those folks who're upset at controversy and distaste for people for things that happen outside of their profession. I'm talking about people who get seriously mad at extraordinarily exceptional people for their talent and the work they've put in. You know what I think?

Some people get mad at the manifestation of others' success because it's a reflection of their own lack of success.

Look at the following people:

  • Beyonce

  • Oprah

  • Serena Williams 

  • Michael Jordan 

These are living people that I can think of from off the top of my head that have reached iconic status, and there're some people who cannot STAND them. Funny thing is, I honestly believe that the core of people's negative reaction to greatness is that they are average themselves. They don't want to recognize greatness because it forces them to ask serious questions about their own work ethic, discipline, drive, and intrinsic motivation. 

Great recognizes great, and average rejects the phenomenal. That's how it happens.

It makes me think of Jesus's story and how he was rejected for doing miracles. Because he was phenomenal, there were average people who despised him for doing what they believed to be the impossible. That attitude toward greatness has not changed. 

As I wrap up, I'll leave with this: I think the biggest lesson that we can take away from seeing phenomenal people in action is to

study their moves.

There's a reason why they've reached an iconic level of success. These people are allergic to average and have a desire to be the absolute best. They:

  • Wake up earlier

  • Put in more hours of work than the average person

  •  Practice continually

  • Take risks

  • Dedicate themselves to their craft

  • Study their industries 

  • Have mentors and other accountability partners

  • Invest in themselves

  • Are obsessed with their passion

  • Have an insane work ethic

  • Are willing to help and inspire others


So, while I move on from Atlanta Falcons' loss, I can at least say that I stopped for a millisecond to acknowledge the greatness of a certain Superbowl winning future Hall of Famer -- with all deflated egos to the side.

Until next time...#BeGreat