It doesn't matter if you love or hate him: everybody has to admit that Tom Brady is a legend. The New England Patriots quarterback led the team to six historical Super Bowl victories and, according to many specialists, he is the best QB of all time. Brady plans to keep playing until he is 45. Indeed, he is much better now than two decades ago, and he might give Patriots some more titles before he retires.
But there is a lot of effort, determination, and sacrifice needed to achieve so much success in life, and Brady is still getting better as time goes by. Here are ten secrets that made Tom Brady so successful.
10 Has Confidence
Confidence can be the key to success for most people, and Tom Brady is aware of that. He is not only confident, but he tries to make his team have the same feeling. According to the player, “In some degrees, I think you can fake until you make it, and I think you can show enthusiasm and confidence even when it's just beginning. As a leader, you have to bring it to the team.”
We can see this every time his team is down and he finds a way to give them confidence. If the leader is confident, it will reflect on the team.
9 Knows How To Work Under Pressure
When we first met Tom Brady, he often lost his temper when he was under pressure. Of course, there is a lot of adrenaline when you are playing, but Brady was often seeing screaming at his coach’s face or at anyone who he believed was on his way. In 2017, Denver line back Malik Jackson affirmed that Brady was a “whiner” who loved to give “temper tantrums.”
Well, people can change, and Tom Brady seems to have learned a lesson. Now he seems to work well under pressure and he became much more mature. It, of course, reflects on the team.
8 Understands His Adversary
Tom Brady doesn’t just spend a lot of time improving his moves and motivating the team. The best way to beat your competition is by knowing how they think and predicting their next step. Tom Brady knows it, and before a match, he thoroughly analyses the other team and studies their strategies and moves. This dedication gives him and his team advantage on the competition.
Tom Brady will spend hours studying his adversary, and this is also important not only on sports but in any field. On a match or on business, always know your competition.
7 Very Competitive
Tom Brady is known for being “the most competitive person you will ever meet.” Of course, there are some downsides of it: we have seen his anger when he loses. Teammates revealed that he gave the team a pep-talk to make sure they would win a charity game against an amateur team.
But Tom Brady would be not who he is today if he wasn’t competitive. It means that he will give everything he has when he is preparing for a match, prepare better than anyone, and enter the field ready to win.
6 Deals Well With Constructive Criticism
Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. But Bill Belichick, his coach, doesn’t hold back when he needs to call Brady's attention to his behavior on a match or when he doesn’t deliver what was expected. Brady recognizes the need for that criticism.
In 2009, after marrying the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, he seemed to have other priorities, and the team gave him an ultimatum. Brady understood the message and committed to the team. After that, the Patriots won three more Lombardi Trophies.
5 Great With Communication
A successful leader must be able to communicate with his team. And Tom Brady is a master of communication. Josh McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator, praised Brady for his ability to communicate with players of all ages. According to McDaniels, the main role of a quarterback is to have effective communication with the team and help them follow the same direction.
We can see this skill when Brady is playing. He can read his adversary's defensive formations and adapt to it very quickly. And it is just possible because he can communicate with his team.
4 Works Hard & Loves It
Tom Brady is considered the greatest quarterback of all time, and we can’t blame it on “fate” or “good luck.” He worked very hard for every achievement and he is aware of how important it is to the team.
"I just love working hard. I love being part of a team. I love working toward a common goal,” the athlete revealed during an interview. Of course, his dedication also motivates the team to be committed and work just as hard as he does. It reflects a lot on the success of the team.
3 Has A Supportive Family
Tom Brady is married to Gisele Bündchen, who is also known for being the highest-paid model of all time. He has three children, two of them with the Brazilian model, and all the family is very proud of his success and very supportive.
Earlier this year, Gisele celebrated when Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl. She shared a family picture, praising the player for his “tireless commitment, discipline and hard work.” His work demands a lot of dedication and patience from his family, so having their support makes everything easier, right?
2 Takes Responsibilities
As a great leader, Tom Brady takes responsibility for his actions and also for his team. When the Patriots are not on their best shape, we often see the quarterback saying it was his fault. In 2018, after the Patriots lost a game, he affirmed that “it was definitely my fault.”
Being able to recognize his mistakes shows that he is also able to improve and always comes back better. It is also a great example to his teammates, as they know their leader can take responsibility when things don’t go as planned.
1 Takes Time Off
Being aware that your body and mind need some time off is just as important as working hard. For Tom Brady, this “break” doesn’t mean long holidays, but just sleeping well.
"Proper sleep has helped me get to where I am today as an athlete, and it is something that I continue to rely on every day," Brady said. That is the routine when he is training. During the Patriots offseason, he goes easier on himself and we often see Tom Brady and his family enjoying life on Costa Rica, where they have a house.