Cam Newton Superbowl
Cameron Jerrell Newton, all American Football Quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. A lesson to learn from your defeat in the Superbowl. A man is not defined by his success but how he learns and processes defeat in order to make him a better man. Walking off from interview, sulking, and refusing to interact is not the way to handle disappointments in life.
Less than a month ago the buzz was about you show-boating during the games. Now you have disappeared under the weight of disappointment.
How many times have the Panthers made it to the Superbowl?
How many times have you been the quarterback to lead the Panthers to the Superbowl?
How many times have you awakened Charlotte to the reality of going to the Superbowl?
Think of the number of players in the league, from the start that had a chance to go to Superbowl, and the number of players that actually participated in Superbowl.
What makes a man a true leader and an exceptional person is how that man handles defeat and setbacks. Yes you are beyond crushed and disappointed but you have to accept the victories that happened prior to the defeat. Life will hand defeats but do you make lemon out of lemonade or do you sour up-the choice is yours.
“Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.” – Robert South.
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You are not the first or the last to be defeated. There are many that came before you that experienced such heartbreak however you have to reach inside yourself and find a better way to process those feelings while interacting with the public and fans that still love and support the Panthers. This is not the end of your career. Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Failing means you have something to learn and you can re-group and come back for more. Don’t just master character and charisma when you win, learn to have it when you do not experience success-it will make you a greater person and win you more support from people that may not be fans because they respect the way you took ownership of the defeat-regrouped-and come back for more. You’re in a position to inspire others while inspiring yourself.
You lost. So has Oprah. So has Michael Jordan. You are not alone. Sure it doesn’t feel good but you made it to the Superbowl baby! This isn’t your only opportunity. Celebrate the success of making it.
When you began that interview and walked off when you heard a Bronco’s players discussing your defeat-not a good move. Although hard to accept, there were errors made that led to their ability to defeat you. A better way you could have handled that was to ask reporters to please excuse you for 5 minutes. You should have went to a private place, gathered your thoughts, shadow-box the air and came back to be responsible for the defeat. Admit there were some error BUT you look forward to returning to Superbowl stronger with a team that will experience success.
Go get em next year-STRONGER! ROCK ON! HOLD YOUR HEAD UP AND KEEP SHOW-BOATING. NEXT YEAR YOU WILL SHOW-BOAT WHEN YOU WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!
Les Brown said-It Ain’t Over Till I Win!