How far can talent take you in a football career? Does having confidence matter just as much or is it all skill?
Carson Wentz starred at North Dakota State before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Wentz, who recently turned 25, moved to North Dakota at age 3 and was valedictorian of his High School class in Bismarck, in 2011. Wentz set multiple NFL rookie passing records in 2016, among them, most pass completions. Wentz was having a magnificent season in 2017, when in week 14, he tore his ACL. He led the Eagles to an 11-2 record and despite the injury, still is a candidate to be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
There is no doubt that Carson Wentz has talent; however being an elite quarterback requires much more than talent. Wentz exudes confidence but he does not do it in an arrogant manner. He possesses the leadership skills that are necessary for a quarterback. He has a terrific work ethic and is able to make good decisions quickly, which is an absolute must at the quarterback position. Carson Wentz also can run with the football – when needed. He gives of himself with his charity work, and the manner in which he conducts himself is conducive to being a good role model. Though he is very young, 25, he already has shown that he is a winner both on and off the football field.
Wentz hasn’t been far from his fans; he uses and posts to his Twitter account pretty regularly. Though he usually receives much more adoration than catching flack for what he posts, this time was quite different. Wentz posted a picture of his adorable dog, Henley, when she was just a pup next to a picture of her from one of their hunting trips. In that picture, Henley is standing proudly over a large number of downed geese. Some followers were offended by this and told Wentz. His response was pretty impressive:
“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission released conservation order regulations stating that Light Geese are in fact considered nuisance birds. After they destroyed their nesting grounds in the Arctic Tundra, the Snow, Blue, and Ross geese have found themselves in Arkansas where there is plenty of food thanks to the number of farms. They’re actually ruining harvests! In fact, there really isn’t a limit on how many of these birds you can take down. I’m sure most farmers in Arkansas would gladly tell you to take them all!
This isn’t the first time Wentz has shared his passion for hunting on social media. He even put together a short video last year, showing what it’s like to hunt during conservation season. In it, you can see how much respect and love he has for hunting. It’s just another example of something that Wentz is passionate about. He loves hunting and does so legally and within the rules. It’s a passion of his and he backs it up with a strong stance. Hunting can be a really difficult issue to broach with anyone let alone someone who has many adoring fans from different backgrounds. He handled himself perfectly in this situation. Wentz is someone that many young people aspire to be like when they grow up. He definitely is a role model to all of us!
Similar to Wentz, we as leaders need to have confidence, passion and courage of conviction if we hope to make an impact in our jobs, with our teams and in our company. We must acknowledge there is a divide between poor and great leadership and recognize exactly what we should stand by, what we should change and how we move forward ethically. Most of all, we must possess the confidence to stand by what we believe and make decisions based on those values we hold.