Leadership

How to succeed at the highest level


Be prepared.

What you do when it doesn’t matter has a major impact on how you will perform when it does matter. Colin Kaepernick was asked, recently, if he was nervous about starting in the Superbowl after starting only 1/2 a season. “No,” he replied, “because I am prepared.”

Kaepernick replaced one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the NFL. If he didn’t perform when the opportunity, he probably would have been back on the bench the following week when Alex Smith recovered from his concussion. But Kaepernick’s performance in the game and a half Smith could not play, coupled with how he performed during practice, where he was responsible for exercising one of the top defenses in the league. Even in practice, he was giving his best, learning to read defenses and work under pressure. The result was magic on Monday Night Football against the vaunted Bears defense.

As of this writing, the outcome of the Superbowl is still a couple of weeks away, but you can be sure that the 49ers and Kaepernick will be prepared.

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