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(People Magazine)   Tom Brady explains why he wants his kids to fail. Presumably it's to teach them to not shake hands with your lessers, slam tablets, and curse out your podcast cohost lobbing you softballs   (people.com) divider line
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2023-01-25 1:32:23 AM  
His kids will always have easy access to healthy food, plenty of shelter, top quality education and reliable transportation via plane boat or car.
 
2023-01-25 2:08:33 AM  
Gee, hope the experience doesn't leave them feeling... deflated.
 
2023-01-25 3:16:25 AM  
He just wants them to fail so he can kiss them on the mouth and forgive them.
 
2023-01-25 4:28:31 AM  
Is the first lesson in resilience dealing with the reality that their dad doesn't want to be around them very much?
 
2023-01-25 4:46:42 AM  
Coming from a man who acted like a child the few times he DID fail, that's one hell of a lesson.

If he's up front in saying how poorly he took defeat, then that would be one thing.
 
2023-01-25 5:31:22 AM  
must be great hearing in the media how your dad wants you to fail. Brady is another Pete Rose might be a great player but sucks as a human.
 
2023-01-25 6:38:18 AM  
To be fair, I work with a bunch of sales people.

They don't seem to wash their hands after visiting the bathroom.

I don't shake hands either.
 
2023-01-25 6:40:52 AM  
I think he means that they should be comfortable failing because there is a ton of pressure to be the children of the GOAT. It is how we learn and we get stronger because of it.
 
2023-01-25 7:33:57 AM  
I agree with him, honestly. Having famous parents can give you a big sense of entitlement if you don't get brought down to earth every now and then. And I want my daughter to fail sometimes too. Kids who always have success handed to them turn out to be shiatty adults.
 
2023-01-25 7:48:11 AM  
'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all

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2023-01-25 8:09:17 AM  
While I agree with his overall sentiment, he manages to make it all about him:

"I told them that this morning. I said, 'I want you guys to fail because I want to see what you're made of if you fail and when you fail.'"

Also, on a more serious note, Go Birds!
 
2023-01-25 8:10:19 AM  

Ker_Thwap: 'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/yuTMWgOduFM]


Absolutely perfect...

His kids can never "fail" because they know dad will always bail them out.
 
2023-01-25 8:21:14 AM  

forteblast: I agree with him, honestly. Having famous parents can give you a big sense of entitlement if you don't get brought down to earth every now and then. And I want my daughter to fail sometimes too. Kids who always have success handed to them turn out to be shiatty adults.


Well, kind of.  I know a group of trust fund babies from Long Island.  Most turned into shiatty adults.  However some of them they failed along the way, and never ever got the memo that they were born on third base.  They pointed to their failures and proof that they had earned their way in the world despite their "hardships."

Rich people failing doesn't always build the character that you might expect it to.
 
2023-01-25 8:30:07 AM  

forteblast: I agree with him, honestly. Having famous parents can give you a big sense of entitlement if you don't get brought down to earth every now and then. And I want my daughter to fail sometimes too. Kids who always have success handed to them turn out to be shiatty adults.


I have a cousin that was the golden child in the family, he was always the star in sports and was scouted by several big schools to play. But between his junior and senior year he started doing drugs and drinking a lot and really crapped the bed and all the scouts went away. He then just went from golden boy to shiat boy and to this day he is an awful person. I do agree with Brady but I don't think he should talk to the media about it, his kids might get the wrong idea from it.
 
2023-01-25 8:55:12 AM  

groppet: forteblast: I agree with him, honestly. Having famous parents can give you a big sense of entitlement if you don't get brought down to earth every now and then. And I want my daughter to fail sometimes too. Kids who always have success handed to them turn out to be shiatty adults.

I have a cousin that was the golden child in the family, he was always the star in sports and was scouted by several big schools to play. But between his junior and senior year he started doing drugs and drinking a lot and really crapped the bed and all the scouts went away. He then just went from golden boy to shiat boy and to this day he is an awful person. I do agree with Brady but I don't think he should talk to the media about it, his kids might get the wrong idea from it.


If he's actually talking to them I'm pretty sure they'll understand the context.

Failure is an important part of human growth. I am constantly (ok, not constantly, the "failures" are little things like not playing a song perfectly after a few minutes of practice or not making all her shots on our outdoor basketball hoop) reminding my daughter that it's OK to fail; she's learning, and if she expects to be perfect as soon as she starts something, she's setting unrealistic expectations for herself and setting herself up for much bigger failures down the road by not developing skills handling the small ones.

The only thing that's not OK at this point is doing less than her best. You can't really discover your skills or passions if you're half-assing things. If she's trying hard at something not critical to life as an adult? Great, she's removed a path from the infinite potential a kid has. That'll help her focus her energies moving forward.

Life (and especially childhood) is about exploring things and figuring yourself out. In order to figure out what's gonna make you happy and successful, you gotta try and fail a lot of things. It's like trying to get out of a giant hedge maze: Yeah, you might get lucky and get the path marked out for you, but the people that go and explore quickly and learn from their mistakes get out of the maze a hell of a lot faster than the people that are afraid to reach a dead end. And ultimately, they know the maze (and themselves) a lot better than the person who got the correct path marked for them, too.
 
2023-01-25 8:55:33 AM  
Uh, I guess he can give his kids a recap video of the 2022 Bucs season if he's looking to give them pointers on failure.
 
2023-01-25 8:58:09 AM  
Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?
 
2023-01-25 9:15:53 AM  
he has a competition in him.
 
2023-01-25 10:21:03 AM  

duppy: Gee, hope the experience doesn't leave them feeling... deflated.


TOM BRADY doesn't want his children CHEATED out of an ideal childhood.
 
2023-01-25 10:21:24 AM  
His kids never having to worry about matters in the way that others would aside, the message attempting to be imparted about not feeling sorry for yourself and deciding to get back up isn't wrong. I wish more people had learned such things.
 
2023-01-25 10:45:28 AM  
I'll bet his kids can all speak Portuguese and he can't.
 
2023-01-25 11:55:12 AM  

browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?


It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.
 
2023-01-25 12:09:00 PM  
They're going to rebel, eat nothing but pringles, and start a garage band
 
2023-01-25 1:45:28 PM  

Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?

It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.


Implying that being a local grocery store manager is just as time-consuming as being a starting NFL quarterback is what's dumb.
 
2023-01-25 2:39:14 PM  
Famous folks kids:

drunks, addicts and folks who die by suicide

/ he's kind of a choad
 
2023-01-25 2:43:07 PM  

browneye: Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?

It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.

Implying that being a local grocery store manager is just as time-consuming as being a starting NFL quarterback is what's dumb.


True, the grocery store manager has way more responsibilities and way less control over his life.
 
2023-01-25 3:30:41 PM  

browneye: Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?

It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.

Implying that being a local grocery store manager is just as time-consuming as being a starting NFL quarterback is what's dumb.


What planet do you live on? I know some grocery store managers and they all work six days a week. Seven days a week if they're extra short staffed.
 
2023-01-25 7:09:58 PM  

Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?

It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.

Implying that being a local grocery store manager is just as time-consuming as being a starting NFL quarterback is what's dumb.

What planet do you live on? I know some grocery store managers and they all work six days a week. Seven days a week if they're extra short staffed.


a high percentage of retail managers work 6-day weeks. I did for most of my life and most DM's on Monday morning would talk about the all-out effort some football player put in on Sunday.  I like to point out that the player only goes all out 1 day a week 6 months out of the year and we put in that effort daily year-round.
 
2023-01-26 12:41:07 PM  

Warrior Kermit: Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Farkn Yaj Yenrac: browneye: Is part of that lesson choosing to play football at age 45 rather that be a full-time dad?

It's not like he's dedicating all his time to a rec league or something. It's his (incredibly lucrative) job, and he's still pretty decent at it. Imagine asking your local grocery store manager, "You're 45, isn't it time you hung it up to be a full-time parent to your teenagers?" So dumb.

Implying that being a local grocery store manager is just as time-consuming as being a starting NFL quarterback is what's dumb.

What planet do you live on? I know some grocery store managers and they all work six days a week. Seven days a week if they're extra short staffed.

a high percentage of retail managers work 6-day weeks. I did for most of my life and most DM's on Monday morning would talk about the all-out effort some football player put in on Sunday.  I like to point out that the player only goes all out 1 day a week 6 months out of the year and we put in that effort daily year-round.


Exactly, and they're doing that for a tiny fraction of the pay. Granted, there's less chance a 300 pound behemoth is going to be tackling you, but it's definitely not a zero chance.
 
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