Just some thoughts:
At one time I followed NASCAR racing pretty closely. There are not too many NASCAR tracks that I have not been to. Off hand such places as Charlotte, Martinsville, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Dover (The Monster Mile), New Hampshire, Arizona and of course a few times to the races in Daytona. (In fact was once put in a car and rode a few laps with one of the drivers, Wally Dallenbach, just an hour or so prior to the race one year at Dover.–that’s another story for another time.)
I was standing outside an airplane hanger in New Hampshire waiting for a helicopter to take me to the track for the race that day in New Hampshire. Would only be about a 15 minute ride by helicopter compared about an hour by car.
That is where I met the old Washington Redskins football coach Joe Gibbs. He along with one of his drivers, Mark Martin as they both were also waiting for the ride. Gibbs had left football and now was a NASCAR cup car owner. The helicopter for Gibbs arrived and as there was an extra seat he invited me to ride with them rather than wait for a another ride. He could not have been nicer. In fact when we landed he gave me his card and told me if I wanted to show this to the man at of the garage doors and this would let me into a church service for the drivers and owners before the race. Which I did. Most interesting.
I had always liked Gibbs and had somewhat followed his career from his early days as a player to the head coach of the Washington Redskins. In his book Game Plan for Life he tells an interesting story.
During his days as coach of the Redskins he had flown into Washington D.C. He hailed a cab with instructions to take him to the stadium where the Redskins played. About five minutes into the ride the cab driver in his broken English said to Gibbs, “You…you football coach, you coach the Redskins.” Gibbs thinking “Hey this guy recognizes me, the old coach.” Ten seconds had not passed when the cab driver looks at Gibbs and says: “You need to throw deep more.”
Chances are pretty good that in your lifetime you will run into someone (s) who thinks they know more about your job and in many cases think they could do it better than you are doing. Chances are good that someone will tell you: “You need to throw deep more.” You can be the coach that wins three Super Bowls and still a cab driver tells you what you need to do.
Same in most lives, someone can always tell you how to do what you do better. It’s not uncommon in life to find folks who think they could do a better job at what you are doing than you.
April 21, 2019
Posted May 28, 2019