“Greatness comes with a price.”
“LAW 47) Do not go past the mark you aimed for — in victory, learn when to stop!” – 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene. Boy oh boy, this law is so true as it pertains to how people feel about Tom Brady. Since Tom Brady has become and unstoppable quarterback, there has been a constant effort to bring him down. Well why; I mean he’s not my favorite quarterback, but I don’t find pleasure in seeing him failing. So why do so many like to see him fail? Why is it that when a person wins over and over again, they are considered cheating? People love to tear these individuals down in life.
Well, let’s take a look at Tom Brady. Coming from the University of Michigan, Tom Brady was drafted in almost the last round of the NFL draft. He was not even heard of when he first started playing in the NFL. But taking over for Drew Bledsoe in the year 2000, no one expected much. Then he went on to win the Superbowl. Everyone was so happy for this Superbowl winning underdog. But then they kept winning and kept winning. Even as great players left the team they kept going strong. After this, all the allegations of cheating started to pop up. But what about Brady being the underdog? People forgot that he was drafted nearly last.
See, people love you, up to a certain point. Then they want to see you fall down. This is because it aims at how they see themselves. If all you do is win, then they can’t connect to you because they fail in life. How do you look at them as human when they are “so” different than yourself? Another reason is because no one is perfect. Winning all the time is seen as perfection. So people want to see you fall because they need to see that life is fair. Although, since when is life fair to us? Look at death, do we hold a grudge against death? We accept death for what it is. But we can’t get over the person winning all the time!
In the end, we hold the grudge because like I said before, it’s how we see ourselves. As I sit here watching the Superbowl game of the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, so many people are routing against Tom Brady. They hate to see winning because their lives consist of so much losing. I know one thing is for certain, he’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last to be hated.