I find myself attracted to figures in life that are inspirational. Sometimes it’s funny or silly and sometimes it’s real. But I keep going back to it because it speaks to me on volume 10 out of 10.
I guess the reason I have such little interest in politics is there is such a void of real inspiration. It’s a lot of canned crap. Rehearsed and re-rehearsed messages that are constructed to serve those that pay for them. Pretty lame in the overall scheme of “what is great in life” or “stuff that gets you juiced”. Important issues that get melted into “what serves who” the best at the time. It’s really unfortunate.
So let’s turn to Dabo Sweeney, Head Coach at University of Clemson Football. I’ve always found Dabo to be a bit “clownish” but the more I see from him the more I can sense he is growing and developing as a person. He is genuine. He is fun. He is not polished. He is authentic. And I love it……… And when I watch sports coaches I often get “juiced up” or “inspired” because so much of what they do and say is filled with passion and spontaneous enthusiasm.
So let’s rewind to the post game IMMEDIATELY after Clemson beat Notre Dame 3 months ago and the reporters and fans rush the field and there is a sea of humanity and they stick the microphone in front of Dabo to get his immediate comments on a 2 point win at the buzzer………you talk about inspirational……..for those that heard this interview it never gets old…for those that haven’t……read on and then immediately check it out for yourself by clicking on the link at the end of the page. (It’s worth sitting through the ten second ad to watch!)
“I can give you uniforms, and meals, and we can give you scholarships, but I can’t give you guts……and tonight it was BYOG, Bring your own guts”
I can hardly watch it without either smiling, thinking about how those kids were inspired to do something special and/or laughing because it is just so genuine. And I find myself walking around the house some days when I want to get pumped up and just yelling out randomly “BYOG Bring your own guts”….I really do. At the top of my lungs. YELLING IT……why? Cause it’s fun. And it does something to me that gets me into a state that is higher than before I said it. I highly recommend it if you aren’t feeling your best. Watch it, repeat it, and yell it. And then tell me it doesn’t immediately lighten your spirits or inspire you.
I guess that’s why I always go sport over politics. Even though it doesn’t feel right and a “game” is so inconsequential in comparison to world issues. But sports keeps drawing me in. Passion, enthusiasm, emotion, something real.
I wish Dabo or someone worth watching would become a politician. Nothing would be better than him telling some talking heads to “BYOG”. America would be talking about it and the platform for inspiration would be well served.
Are you “inspired” by any of the 15 or so politicians we have seen in this Presidential run? Isn’t that one of the top things we are looking for? It’s kind of sad we can’t find one.