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“I just kept working,..You just have to keep your nose to the grindstone.”
NFL football player Austin Reiter

My favorite story coming out of Super Bowl LVI was regarding Austin Reiter.  He was cut by the Cleveland Browns in 2018. When he played for the Browns during the 2017 season they did not win a single game (0-16). And the year before that the Browns were 1-15, meaning over a two year period Reiter’s team record was 1-31.

The 2016 and 2017 Browns became the first NFL franchise to have back to back seasons of losing 15 or more games each season. Even though your partly hampered by an injury,  if you’re cut after not even starting for from arguably the worst team in NFL history you may be at the end of the line.

“Reiter didn’t have much of a pedigree to argue. He was a two-star recruit out of high school before signing with South Florida. Washington drafted him in 2014, but not until the seventh round. He then spent his entire time in Washington on the practice squad. Obviously no one in Cleveland thought much of him.”
Dan Wetzel
Yahoo! Sports 

But Reiter, as Wetzel points out in his article,  wasn’t at the end of the line. He was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2018 season where he even started four games and signed a two -year contract at the end of the season. Then he started every game for the Chiefs this season as offensive center and is now a Super Bowl winner.

It’s rare to see that kind of life reversal in such a short time. And while I don’t know how Reiter delt with the various transitions he’s faced in his life, here are few words from the head of Disney who I heard on a podcast today describe his style of leadership and outlook on life.

I talk about optimism often, but I want to make sure that people understand what that means. I think it’s important to be a realist. So I’m not one of these that think everything will work out fine all the time. But I do believe that making sure that the possibility of something working out fine is very apparent—is right there. Instead of the opposite, this will never work out, or there’s no way we’ll accomplish this, or there’s no way we can do this. 

It’s being able to be persistent. Really working hard. Trying hard to get something done or accomplished, instead of immediately concluding that, well, this can’t happen, or this won’t happen. That’s in part aimed at being productive. At getting things done. But I think it also applies to outlook on life, or aspects of your life. 

If you look at everything through a dark and gloomy lens, I think it becomes a deterrent to having the energy to be happy, or having the energy for things to actually workout right.  It creates a negative energy as opposed to the opposite. I think you need a positive energy for your life to be positive.”
Bob Iger—Chairman and CEO of Disney
The Tim Ferriss Show 

Scott W. Smith

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2013 Post by Patrick Mahomes

“As a 17-year-old, Patrick Mahomes dreamed one day that he would be able to say those words [‘I’m going to Disney World’] if he won a Super Bowl. Fast-forward seven years and Mahomes’ dream certainly came true.”
Eduardo Gonzalez
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 3. 2020

Last night, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led his team to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. And he picked up  Super Bowl LVI MVP honors along the way. Here’s what he’s been up to the last 17 hours or so.

Disney World in greater the Orlando, Florida area just is 12 miles away from where I’m typing this post. It’s sunny and 73 at 5:00. It’s like Disney and Mahomes wrote the perfect script.

On Wednesday, the Chiefs will be honored back in Missouri with a parade. Having won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, I think it’s going to be quite a celebration.

About a decade ago I spent some time on a various productions in Missouri and took a little time visiting some of Walt Disney’s old stomping grounds. In a 2009 post I talked about visiting the town of Marceline, MO where Walt Disney spent time as a child. That Main Street that Mahomes is visiting today at Walt Disney World was inspired by the Main St. in Marceline.

In the 2011 post Walt & Walter in KC, I touched on driving by the building where Walt Disney “built his own studio that created Laugh-O-Grams that became popular enough for Disney to have a building and several animators.” Though he eventually filed for bankruptcy and had a nervous breakdown.

But every story needs a reversal—a comeback. It took Disney few years, but he found wild success in California. It only took Mahomes a few months to find his wild success, coming back from a knee injury earlier in the year that he thought was going to sideline him for the season.

P.S. Watching the NFL honor the top 100 players of all time before the Super Bowl, it was fun to see three players that I’ve had the opportunity to directly work with in my career as a cameraman and video producer—Eric Dickerson, Reggie White, and Deion Sanders.

Scott W. Smith 

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