Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is getting brutally honest on the subject of striving to be the best that you can be.
According to the professional athlete, known for commitment to sharing his Christian faith on and off the field, we should never strive to just be “normal” simply because we’re afraid of failure. According to Tebow, this attitude prevents people from discovering their true purpose.
“Why would you wake up and say, ‘Yes, today I can’t wait to be average?'” Tebow said in a recent interview with CNBC.
He went on to explain why he believe there’s more value in marching to beat of your own tune.
“I would rather be an outlier and fail, because when you’re an outlier, when you don’t do what everyone else is doing, exactly how everybody else is doing it, you at least have a chance to be special,” he said.
Tebow, who had a short stint in the NFL after a spectacular college career at the University of Florida, is currently playing in minor league baseball as an outfielder for the New York Mets organization.
When asked what would happen if his baseball career “doesn’t work out,” Tebow explained that the results don’t matter so much, as long as one is faithful to the task at hand.
“What if it doesn’t? Most people already think it’s not going to. So, what does that matter?” he said. “You have a goal. If something’s been placed on your heart, then strive for it.”
Not “making it” – whether in baseball or other aspects of life — is “the worst that’s gonna happen,” Tebow explained, but you can have peace as long as you made the effort.
“But, at least you get to say, ‘I tried,’” he said. “And for me, I get to look back at peace because I went all out, all the time.”