Tim Tebow, the popular and polarizing quarterback of the Denver Broncos, has gone mainstream. No longer is he just a topic of conversation on ESPN and the sports pages, but he is now also showing up in the business section. An article yesterday on the NASDAQ website pointed to the business lessons from the QB’s unlikely success.
I have to admit it. I am a HUGE fan of Tim Tebow. Not because of where he went to college or what team he plays for, but because of how he lives his life. In a recent interview with him on the ESPN morning show, First Take, I was captivated by his depth of character, faith and humility. As you know, I’m passionate about encouraging you to bring your servant’s heart wherever you go. Tebow brings the love both on and off the football field, and here are three ways we can do it too:
- Be a great teammate – It’s easy for Tim Tebow to spot his football teammates. They wear the same uniform and show up to the same place to work. Who’s on your team? Make sure you look beyond your co-workers and boss and include your spouse, teacher, coach, pastor, friends and kids. Then be a great teammate to all of them. Give them credit for their wins and comfort for their losses, trust them with the ball and show them you care (i.e. LOVE THEM).
- Work to your strengths – There are many different ways to win. The Denver Broncos are succeeding because they tailor their game plan to their strengths. Tim Tebow is not ready to throw the ball 30 times a game, so he and the coaches structure a system that takes advantage of his unique talents. What are your unique gifts? If you’re not sure, there are tons of tools out there to help you identify them. Once you do, structure your life and work around them. You’ll be happier, more fulfilled and find you are winning more than ever. Working to your strengths is about loving yourself and how you were created.
- Bring faith, hope and encouragement – We have been conditioned to think that it is only by doing that we make a difference. Tim Tebow brought me faith, hope and encouragement just by being faithful, hopeful and encouraged himself. I have never even met the guy. Imagine the impact you could have by showing up to work tomorrow just filled with faith, hope and encouragement. You’ll be a lightning rod of positive energy and love that will give others a boost.
As always, I’d love to hear how you are doing and your experiences in bringing your servant’s heart to work. I’ll be posting my full mind-map of the Tim Tebow ESPN interview later today.
P.S. Stay tuned for my next article about why it’s hard to love at work.