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The Best Thing To Ever Happen To You

Back in 2006, there was a big college football game.

It was the national championship game between the University of Southern California and the University of Texas.

USC entered the game with a 34-game winning streak and they had two of the best players in the country.

Pretty much no one picked the University of Texas to win the game.

But that night in front of the nearly 94,000 people in attendance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, something amazing happened.
You probably already figured this out. The University of Texas won the game and proved all of the naysayers wrong.
But the story goes deeper.
In the locker room after the game as the University of Texas players were celebrating, their head coach arrived to give the post game speech.
He congratulated the players on their incredible season. He congratulated them on winning the national championship.
And then, he said something that caught everyone off guard.
He said, “Don’t let this be the best thing that ever happened to you.”
These young men just won the national championship and he told them to make sure that something better happens in their lives.
This story gets me every time and it is an important reminder of how we can approach life.
You may believe your best days are behind you.
That your college years, getting married, having kids, landing that big job, that awesome vacation, buying a home, you name it … was the best thing that ever happened to you.
I got news for you. I believe that the best thing that has ever happened to you hasn’t happened yet.

Do you believe that the best thing that has ever happened to you hasn’t happened yet?

Every decision you make moving forward will determine if your best days are behind you or in front of you.
Every step you take will determine if your best days are closer or farther away.
Every commitment you make (or don’t make) will determine if your best days will become a reality or stay a fantasy.
You have a say in this.
You, and the choices you do, or do not, make will determine the quality or mediocrity of your future.
I’ll leave you with this quote from one of my favorite poems:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver

Antonio Neves is nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life).

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