As a New Englander, I’d have much preferred that Tom Brady continue to use his tremendous talent in service of the Patriots (he just started his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Nonetheless, I was delighted by his wise words on a recent podcast, which can help all ambitious people on the path to achievement, regardless of team affiliation or interest in sports.

Brady joined hosts Dax Shepherd and Monica Padman for an episode of Armchair Expert, an entertaining and often enlightening interview show with experts from a wide variety of fields. The conversation delves into Brady’s earliest jobs and his preprofessional experience with sports, and it highlights the critical importance of grit—of pressing on in the face of adversity. Tom Brady without grit, or his resulting penchant for clutch plays, would not be Tom Brady. He would not be, as he is, one of the highest-achieving football players in history. . . .


1.  Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, Centennial Edition (New York: Plume, 1943), 633.

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