Unsportsmanlike host Chris Canty famously said, “You can’t microwave a Championship”. His point underscores the idea that adding a single player to a losing team won’t magically result in a championship. True championship success requires a roster of dedicated players who consistently put in the effort, not just during games but especially when no one is watching.
Chris Canty’s most well-known non-microwavable success was his 2011 Season and 2012 Super Bowl win with the Giants, ending the Patriots season in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years (much to the disappointment of one of his co-hosts Evan Cohen). While millions witnessed that victory, what often goes unnoticed is the extensive time Canty and his teammates devoted to training in the gym, enduring grueling practices, and tirelessly studying game film. Winning requires putting in the unseen work. For us to win, we you have to put in the work when no one is watching.
In the midst of our busy lives, much like football players juggling practices, film sessions, and games, it’s crucial to recognize that successful individuals devise a plan to consistently deliver quality work when nobody is watching—and then execute it.
Bill Belichick sums this up, stating, “There are no shortcuts to building a team each season. You build the foundation brick by brick.” This philosophy underscores the importance of gradual, dedicated efforts in the journey toward success, both in football and in life. Before every meeting, set aside time to do research and prepare.