Woofuckinghoo!!! It’s football season baby!
We are weeks into football season and these guys are in full force.
Never change, Buffalo. Never change.
It’s America’s favorite season and those that have waited for football all summer can finally sit back and enjoy the next several months.
It’s no secret Americans love football. The NFL is killing it and they are nowhere near slowing down.
• The top 12 shows of the 2015 fall season have all been NFL games.
• In most weeks, the No. 1 television show in the NFL’s TV markets is that week’s NFL game.
However, in the last three to four years my interest in football’s gone from:
I’ve come up with two reasons why I’ve given less shits to football. Being a Browns fan is not one of them.
1. Time is precious
In fact, time is unmerciful. It is once thing that you’ll never get back.
47% of men watch 6-16 hours of NFL football a week. The average football game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes. This means at the very least, almost half of the country’s men are watching two football games a week. I haven’t included college football either!
Football games are a dedication of time. As I get older, I cherish how precious time is. I only want to be spending my time doing things that fulfill me. Anything less is unacceptable. It’s amazing to think when there were days I’d dedicate entire Sundays to football—from 1pm (typically 11am so I can watch the pre-game shows) to whenever Sunday Night Football ended. Not to mention ESPN after the games ended. All in all, an entire day of my life was dedicated to television. God help me.
It is fascinating what this game does to people. The amount of time, energy and emotion that is committed to it. Personally, I’d peruse an exorbitant amount of content throughout the week in preparation for the games. And don’t get me started about my fantasy football days.
Does that mean I’m constantly engaged every waking moment of the day? Not at all. I’ll binge-watch movies. I’ll do absolutely nothing and be ok with it. You need days like these from time to time.
2. Why spend time watching others live out their dreams when I could work on living mine?
I get it—football is entertainment. It’s fun. It’s an escape. It can bring people together. Your team is a symbol of your city. These athletes are admired by the masses and we get inspired by the rigorous training they undergo to become the best in the game. We’ll use them as motivation to excel in different aspects of our lives.
Since childhood, these men have been working towards their dreams of becoming professional athletes. And I can’t sit there any longer and watch them live their dreams.
Instead of watching them live their dreams, I will work on living mine. While others are vegging out in front of the tv, draining themselves yelling at their favorite team, I will use this as an opportunity to build my empire.
I challenge you to the same.
11 Things I’ll Be Doing on Sundays Other Than Watching Football
1. Writing as much as possible
A lot of it will be bad.
“This is kind of bad…………..Fuck it. Publish.”
There are 10,000 better writers than me. But there are 100,000 writers that are too afraid to hit publish.
I’m committed to excelling in this craft. And spreading my voice like wildfire to the world is how I will do it.
In addition, writing helps me purge my thoughts, gain clarity, learn, think, and communicate more clearly.
2. Learning a skill
The complacent are more likely to become the unemployed. When you only have a few skills, you’ll be in a pinch when looking for a new job. I’m in the process of learning HTML and CSS (thanks, Udemy!). That doesn’t mean I will become a web developer but if I look for a job that requires these skills then I can at least speak intelligently about them.
Market yourself with your new skills. Make something when you learn these new skills. Build stuff and put it out there in the world. It might suck. Your first few pieces of work will most likely suck. But the more you put out, the less you’ll give a shit. And eventually your work will improve.
3. Reading as much as possible
The most successful and smartest people in the world read voraciously. Non-fiction or fiction. Pick up a book and read it from beginning to end. When you’re done, pick up another one and do it again. Repeat this process until you die.
4. Watching Nick Cage lose his shit
Sometimes you need a reminder that things aren’t so bad. You don’t have an acting career like Nicholas Cage.
The Rock will always be an all-time classic though.
5. Cooking with chicken broth
I can’t believe I didn’t discover this earlier.
Brown rice just got 10x more flavorful.
Chicken broth adds vitamins, nutrients, and protein to your dish. If you want to level up, use homemade chicken broth. Get a whole chicken, save the carcass and bones, and slow cook it all day.
6. Learning to negotiate like Lex Grossman
Lex don’t take shit from nobody. And he doesn’t negotiate with terrorists.
Negotiating is a beautiful form of art. Become adept at this skill and you’ll be able to negotiate your way to a better job offer, lower cable bill, and the upper hand with a car salesman.
6a. Working on my Lincoln Osiris impression at the same time
7. Getting lost outside
I am lucky to live in the beautiful state of Washington. There’s an abundance of forests, parks, lakes, and trails where I can unplug, soak in the surroundings, and clear my head. I’ll happily reap the rewards when I get back into the real world.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. — John Muir
At the very least, I’ll take a walk in the city. My best thinking is done on the city streets when I am plugged into good music and wandering aimlessly around the city—with no destination in mind.
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. —John Muir
Whether I’ll be hiking, staring at a beautiful landscape, or city skyline, the moments I spend outdoors will rejuvenate my mind, body, and soul.
8. Establishing better relationships with people
I’m going to focus on unconditionally giving to people: my time, a beer, a referral, my attention. Whatever it takes. A lot of times, it’s just listening.
Creating deep relationships are a function of giving—a challenge in a world where we are persuaded to take, take, take.
Remove any agenda you have and focus on giving to the other person.
8a. And eliminating the ones that shouldn’t exist
Surround yourself with people that lift you up, and help you to be the best version of yourself. Kindly show the others to the door.
9. Starting a 21-day challenge
It takes 21 days to build a habit. I only want things that contribute to the greater good of my life. This stems from having healthy habits.
What habits would you like to have?
10. Reducing social media consumption by 50%
I’m sure we could all use this. I’m confessing my guilt of this.
I’ll see couples buried in their phones at restaurants—as well as people enjoying a beautiful sight through their phones rather than with their eyes. They’re more excited about posting it on social media than enjoying the present moment.
Rather than mindlessly browse social media, download an e-book and read a few paragraphs if you’re trying to kill time.
11. Planning every move
9 out of 10 times, a high-performer didn’t get where they were on accident. Every move was calculated.
Without a plan, you’re just wandering in hope of finding your destination. You need a GPS for your life and hoping to live the life you want is foolish. It took me a long time to realize this.
These all need a plan assigned to it—at least a set of expectations.
Shit always happens. Your life is not on a linear trajectory and you’ll end up veering in a different direction. When you know where you want to go, you can re-align yourself with your plan whenever you deviate.
A lot of you might have normal 9-5 jobs during the week. This leaves two whole days during the weekend to do whatever you want. How you spend your time during these two days are important. This post might sound silly over a three hour game but imagine what you can accomplish in three hours.
If you choose to watch football then by all means, do it. If you’re on a mission to become successful then time-management is absolutely necessary. Even during a three-hour period of leisure. Leveling up is spent during the moments you don’t have to fulfill obligations.
Would you rather watch others live out their dreams? Or would you rather live out yours? If you’re not living it then you should start working on it. I sure as hell will be.