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Patrick Mahomes Couldn’t Read Defenses

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It’s easy to see how Patrick Mahomes has become one of the most beloved football players in the league. This inspiring quarterback’s honesty is refreshing!

Patrick Mahomes is a Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP at the age of 24. Patrick Mahomes was the 10th overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 and has been selected twice in his first three years in the NFL to play in the Pro Bowl. Mahomes played great in College at Texas Tech and he also could have played professional baseball, but his heart and focus were on football. Patrick Mahomes’s father, Pat, pitched in the Major Leagues for 12 years.

Patrick Mahomes is calm and focused, but in the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers managed to keep him and the Chiefs in check until late in the game. Mahomes stayed positive and rallied the Chiefs back from a 10 point fourth-quarter deficit to win the game. Mahomes and the Chiefs taught us great life lessons about not quitting when things are not going your way. Mahomes and the Chiefs deserve so much credit because they made the comeback against a great San Francisco 49ers team! It was a very emotional win for the Chiefs and their fans since it was their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.

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Mahomes is so talented and focused that he is the only quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. Patrick Mahomes, at age 24, is the second-youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Mahomes is a great athlete. He can be precise, and most of all he is a big-time playmaker! But did you know that this NFL MVP didn’t know how to read defenses? In fact, he didn’t fully begin to understand how to read them until last year!

“This year I could actually recognize more and more stuff,” Mahomes said. “The more experience and the more I learn then I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do all that different stuff because I’ve seen it. I still think there’s a long way for me to go there.”

We love that he isn’t shy about his learning process. It’s encouraging that someone so young is still so open to learning and growing within his career field. It’s something we all tend to forget; there is always something new to learn. Being able to learn is a skill just like any other. It takes time, patience, and practice in order to grasp new concepts. Jack Klemeyer spoke about this in his article about continuous learning. Here he talks about how our goals change from year to year:

Why is that? Because you should be continually improving your skills to make yourself better, which should be reflected in your goals for each year. Basketball coach Pat Riley said, “Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.” What he means is, it doesn’t matter how good your skills are today, if you don’t continually upgrade your knowledge and skills, you’ll still become obsolete. Almost every career field requires continuously learning and growing because everything eventually becomes outdated as people continue to develop the latest and greatest gadgets or services. Technology will always march on and can truly help to increase your productivity! So, if you don’t want to be passed by in your business, you need to keep your knowledge and skills sharp to compete with the up-and-comers.

This is such incredibly important advice for anyone, especially those in the older generations. You should always be open to learning something new. If you don’t grow, you’ll stay stagnant, and likely be left in the dust!

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Howard Kellman

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Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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