Netflix queued “Quarterback” so…

So I popped on last night’s NFL stream, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2023 Person of the Year and what she was wearing, and wow: Did you see that goalie score, umm, a home run (?) against the Dolphins?  I think it was that hot guy Taylor Swift is dating.

This concludes my knowledge of football.

I totally don’t care enough to know more, buuuutt I love documentaries, and Netflix queued “Quarterback” in my Favorites on Friday night and I have an addictive personality, so….

… Saturday night/eight hours of football documentary later, I still can’t tell you what ‘man coverage’ means, but what I do know is this: 

  • Please someone get that Atlanta Falcons coach a stylist. 
  • The wives made this story. They needed more airtime, or better yet: their own show. 
  • My god that last scene! Is there anyone alive that doesn’t want desperately to hear something like this: “I ain’t never seen nothing like you,” his shaky voice muffled through a hug, “You different! I love you.”

The story wasn’t about the football, thank the good Lord. And also you can fast forward through the game scenes, I mean honestly: does it really matter who won the Super Bowl?

The arc follows a classic Hero’s Journey:  A protagonist possesses a spark of a gift, fanned into superstar-status by a combo of discipline, mind/body training and serious luck. Of course, like all good plot lines, there exists tension in the form of failures and challenges. And we culminate in a happy ending of human growth that was never really about the football.

Naturally I spun the show into the curriculum of the current yoga course I’m teaching. Because unlike many yoga teachers, I find zero inspiration from Rumi, but damn can I ever rock the hell out of a class built off of a table-flipping BravoTV scene.

My course helps people find their purpose as a springboard to a life we love. In the process people get clearer on their own Hero’s Journey.  We all have one, but most can’t see them without disrupting our same-old thought patterns. 

To achieve our own happy ending, we also have to study human nature and adjust our own approach.  There’s plenty of examples in Quarterback. Again and again, these four things are present in nearly every success story I study, we just have to be balanced enough to see them (cue yoga and meditation, duh.)

  1. How we do one thing is How.👏 We.👏 Do.👏 Everything.👏. If your first date is an asshole to your server, eventually they’ll be an asshole to you. If your new hire is serious and intense-faced at Quickbooks (yay!), they’ll be the same when customer facing (not yay!). These should come as no surprises; adjust accordingly.  How this showed up in Quarterback: The bullet list improvement items an NFL coach gave one QB were the same as his 8th grade Pee-Wee coach. BTW, this player is the biggest nerd-dad ever, sang in the high voice section of the school choir and has buckets of Kohl’s Cash, I was dying!
  2. Regret as little as you can: All previous experiences inform how we do everything right now… there are no waste of time in education, jobs (even shitty ones) or relationships.  Quarterback: Whoa that KC QB throws a football like a baseball player. Oh, right, he was a baseball player. 
  3. Leaders and people who are really good at what they do are always find the right  combination of natural gifts + hard work + emulation of people they admire. Advice: Study people and organizations doing the things you want for yourself: the education is free. Quarterback: “Tom Brady was the first player to really dial in his diet so I did that too.”
  4. Trying to control people and your environment as a strategy to avoid discomfort is a losing proposition. You’ll issue an exciting challenge to someone you’ve just established as an opponent – your partner, your colleague, your kids, whomever – most of whom will gladly accept and return the volley. Quarterback: Watch that Mahonnes guy: What he says to and how he treats the players who have the potential to hurt him.  Always compliments, always acknowledge their talent, and watch the behavior change.  I’m shocked this kid is 26 and has already learned to check his own ego for the greater good. Wow. 

– See you at the studio, Jen.