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He comes from a non-target. He throws like a monkey. He is too bulky, and not "pro-style" enough. But, especially after tonight's win, everyone is doing it. From Dwight Howard to tourists outside the Taj Mahal, people around the globe are Tebowing.

Although I personally have a Floridian, Hill Billy affinity for the man, perhaps it's time to add a little Tebow to your swag. Religion aside, here is three lessons we can all learn from the Messiah-esq quarterback:


1) Sometimes you just have to put your head down, drop your shoulders, and plow forward.

More and more, I've come to realize that breaking into investment banking, private equity, or hedge funds is not about being a Manning. I often hear sob stories all over the forums. Some of us did not think to try hard enough in high school, or underachieved on the SAT. Guess what, for every crybaby I've come across, there has been an alternate success story embodied by hard work and perseverance.

2) Leadership is more about confidence than being a Big Swinging Dick

It is no secret that Tebow publically cries. Publically, he's also a virgin. Yet, when he walks on that field, not one teammate doubts him. Most importantly, he does not doubt himself. So, next time you want to anxiously throw up right before your interview, please realize that people are watching you. Although you might be a total wuss at heart, just know that at some point, you will need a damn good game face to lead.

3) In the end, a W is all that counts

Yes, the games Tebow leads are undoubtedly ugly. Sometimes his passes hit the ground, and, like tonight, sometimes he can go three whole quarters without a score. But at the end of the day, the Broncos are 8-5 and 7-1 with Tebow as a starter. In the NFL and in real life, results speak volumes. So while you might have to work the occasional 100+ hour week, just know that, one day, you will be set to retire before your kids start Little League. That, my friends, is winning.

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Comments (38)

  • Unforseen's picture

    dude, University of Florida is THE TARGET for an NFL career

  • LClark's picture

    PERFECT motivation for finals week. Nice job friedman.

  • nonTargetChimp's picture

    M Friedman:
    From Dwight Howard to tourists outside the Taj Mahal, people around the globe are Tebowing.

    Sorry to be a buzzkill but no people outside of the US know what American football is..

    Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There's no honor in taking the after school job at Mickey D's. Honor's in the dollar, kid.

  • txjustin's picture

    Sorry to be a buzzkill, but no people in the U.S. know what other "football" is.

  • rothyman's picture

    As always solid post Friedman.

    +1

  • SGopinath's picture

    Good article. Asides from the (irrelevant) details, right on.

  • Aragorn's picture

    Great post. Dude's definitely inspiring.

    "Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - DT

  • bullbythehorns's picture

    the only reason they WIN is the Bronco's D

    Here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, you are the sucker.

  • txjustin's picture

    OP, great thread and sorry for jacking it with my above comment.

  • TNA's picture

    I fucking love Tebow. I loved him at Florida and I love him now. No one person wins a game and there is plenty of congratulations to go around to everyone on Denver's team, but gotta give it up to Tim for winning once again.

    And wow, a 59 and 51 yard kick. Props to the kicker.

  • In reply to TNA
    bfin's picture

    ANT:
    I fucking love Tebow. I loved him at Florida and I love him now. No one person wins a game and there is plenty of congratulations to go around to everyone on Denver's team, but gotta give it up to Tim for winning once again.

    And wow, a 59 and 51 yard kick. Props to the kicker.

    Yup. You and the TheKing are like Steven A Smith and Skip Bayless. You being Skip.

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  • TNA's picture

    I don't know man, to say he has no talent is to ignore his college career. He is an unorthodox QB, but him and his team wins.

    I'm not even a huge NFL fan. Just love watching the haters and their bitter selves.

  • Yohoo's picture

    So does any of you put your head down, drop your shoulders, and pray when things get harsh?

    No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.

  • kmzz's picture

    i doubt people who aren't in trading (and a superstar at that) would be able to 'retire before your kids start Little League'

  • In reply to kmzz
    Edmundo Braverman's picture

    kmzz:
    i doubt people who aren't in trading (and a superstar at that) would be able to 'retire before your kids start Little League'

    Don't be such a hater. If you knock up your 21-year old SA when you're 60, it could happen.

  • In reply to nonTargetChimp
    LA_Duc's picture

    nonTargetChimp:
    M Friedman:
    From Dwight Howard to tourists outside the Taj Mahal, people around the globe are Tebowing.

    Sorry to be a buzzkill but no people outside of the US know what American football is..


    http://www.nfllondon.net/
  • eokpar02's picture

    I love the post, but you do realize he won the Heisman, started 3 years at the University of Florida, and was drafted in the first round, right? That is the equivalent of going to Harvard, winning the Rhodes Scholarship and working at Bain Capital.

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  • workerbee's picture

    What it says is that what translates into being execellent in one area (i.e. College Football) doesnt necessarily equate the exellence at the next level and people will often discredit you if you dont match the prototypical persona schema. Being considered a non-target is not necessarily correct because UF is the Harvard of NFL recruiting. I do agree though that a Heisman doesnt necessarily equate NFL pro sucess if you look at the track record of Neisman winners. What throws people off is that you wnat to see the guy fail because he embodies hardwork, determination, and exudes exellence that is qualitative all the while the quantifable attributes - throwing mechanies, percentage completions would indiciate otherwise. When every test and measurement says he should fail, he wills it to win. He inspires his team to find ways to win. Its a feel good story. He is playing his game, he doesnt have to be a Manning. He is doing him and it pisses hates off. Your not working hard enough if you don't have haters.

  • In reply to blastoise
    Kools's picture

    blastoise:
    What the fuck did you even watch tonights game?

    The only reason they one was because of Marian Barber.

    Tebow made Marion Barber fuck it up. fact.

  • In reply to workerbee
    bfin's picture

    workerbee:
    What it says is that what translates into being execellent in one area (i.e. College Football) doesnt necessarily equate the exellence at the next level and people will often discredit you if you dont match the prototypical persona schema. Being considered a non-target is not necessarily correct because UF is the Harvard of NFL recruiting. I do agree though that a Heisman doesnt necessarily equate NFL pro sucess if you look at the track record of Neisman winners. What throws people off is that you wnat to see the guy fail because he embodies hardwork, determination, and exudes exellence that is qualitative all the while the quantifable attributes - throwing mechanies, percentage completions would indiciate otherwise. When every test and measurement says he should fail, he wills it to win. He inspires his team to find ways to win. Its a feel good story. He is playing his game, he doesnt have to be a Manning. He is doing him and it pisses hates off. Your not working hard enough if you don't have haters.

    No University of Miami is the Harvard of NFL recruiting. There was a streak going that 150 weeks that a UM scored a touchdown it just recently ended.

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  • In reply to bfin
    M Friedman's picture

    blackfinancier:

    No University of Miami is the Harvard of NFL recruiting. There was a streak going that 150 weeks that a UM scored a touchdown it just recently ended.

    Finally, i did not want to say it myself. But Florida is hardly a top school for the NFL. I think mostly because of the years of spread offense recruiting (little guys that are real fast and not that smart). Florida is more like a Duke, Georgetown, or UNC for the NFL. Great, but not the best.

  • In reply to M Friedman
    bfin's picture

    M Friedman:
    blackfinancier:

    No University of Miami is the Harvard of NFL recruiting. There was a streak going that 150 weeks that a UM scored a touchdown it just recently ended.

    Finally, i did not want to say it myself. But Florida is hardly a top school for the NFL. I think mostly because of the years of spread offense recruiting (little guys that are real fast and not that smart). Florida is more like a Duke, Georgetown, or UNC for the NFL. Great, but not the best.

    UM, USC, Ohio State, Texas. Are all better.

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  • Monkey286456's picture

    The Tebow show ends Sunday w/ New England. Brady will build a large lead (probably about 20 or so points) going into the 4th, even Tebow can't bring them back from.

  • In reply to Monkey286456
    bfin's picture

    Monkey286456:
    The Tebow show ends Sunday w/ New England. Brady will build a large lead (probably about 20 or so points) going into the 4th, even Tebow can't bring them back from.

    Brady will build a large lead and you think New England's defense is going to magically stop Tebow? Get real. New England will win because New England offense makes up for the difference in defenses... If New England had Denver's defense... they'd never lose. Fact.

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  • TonyPerkis's picture

    I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

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    The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

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