On this Super Bowl week, it is not hard to remember one of American football's greatest football players. We are of course talking about the famous Tom Brady, but this time we want to focus on what this athlete has done to keep himself stable during moments full of adrenaline and strong emotions.
Interestingly, this is very closely related to the Tijuana native author of The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, who has been able to inspire celebrities such as Tom Brady and Oprah Winfrey (who even invited him to her show) with the wisdom imparted in his book.
Brady stood out as one of the most persevering players in NFL history, despite the fact that many players' careers tend to be short, lasting only a few years. However, Brady's perseverance is widely recognized and he has stressed that it is thanks to the book by Don Miguel Ruiz.
In 2015, Brady said that this book provided him with support to overcome a scandal that affected his career when his team, then the New England Patriots, was accused of deflating footballs. Back then, he said, the book taught him not to take situations as something personal and to accept the unexpected.
What is the content of this book that has impacted the life of so many people around the world? Essentially this is a spiritual guide based on Toltec philosophy. Its four main pillars are:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
Undoubtedly, Brady has internalized these agreements, especially "always do your best" considering that he won the Super Bowl in the following years: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021. Besides having won the championship 7 times, he has also broken several records throughout his career.
One of his most distinguished records is that he became the oldest player to play and win the Super Bowl at 43 years old. In addition, he was awarded MVP at the Super Bowl for a fifth time. Brady has, without a doubt, joined the sport elite among people like Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, and Muhammad Ali, who will be remembered forever in the history of their sport.
Meanwhile, Don Miguel Ruiz has admitted that Tom Brady has read his books and that the athlete has shown great intelligence by applying the knowledge acquired from them.