If you watched the Dallas Cowboys v. New England Patriots game last Sunday, you knew that when the Cowboys ran three running plays while leading 16-13, and were forced to punt to the Patriots, Tom Brady would drive the team the length of the field. Sure enough, with 2:31 on the clock and the ball on the Patriots 20 yard line, Brady drove his team 80 yards to victory. He made it look easy and natural.

A couple of days after the game and still trying to figure out why Jason Garett called the three running plays, I read: Why The Retro Gritty Win Over Dallas Is A Great Thing For The Patriots. Take a look at all the records Tom Brady has broken since 2007. You can find several reasons why the writer believes the Patriots won. Here is one:

They won it because Tom Brady drove down the field 80 yards in 10 plays and 2:09 minutes and threw 7 of his best and most perfectly placed Brady-patented passes on the way to an eighth “only Brady can make that pass” touchdown to Aaron Hernandez.

That article might lead you to believe that Brady wins solely because of God given talent. I thought there was more to it than that so I kept looking. I found a Boston Globe article: Patriots rally for win over Cowboys. I found this:

“I see this guy work every day. He wants to be perfect. It’s hard to be perfect, but the way this guy strives in practice and the way he approaches practice and his work, he can’t do anything else but carry everybody else with him,” Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “He’s probably one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever seen.”

If you follow football you know there are several gifted athletes playing quarterback in the NFL. The ones who make it to the Hall of Fame, take those gifts and, like Tom Brady, work harder than others to perfect them.

I know many young lawyers who think that only gifted rainmakers can attract business. The truth is, we all have gifts. We would not have made it through law school, passed the Bar and started working for a law firm without being gifted. The very best lawyers, like the hall of fame quarterbacks, take their gifts and work harder than others to perfect them. You might think that means they put in more hours than anyone else. Some superstar lawyers might do that, but most I know work harder by being more focused on how they use their non-billable time.

Yes, I believe when a client brings a matter to a lawyer, the client wants a lawyer to be like Tom Brady. A lawyer who strives in his or her non-billable time and focuses to become more valuable to the client. A lawyer who performs well under pressure.

Are you working on perfecting your gifts? Are you focused about it?

P.S. Even though the Cowboys lost to New England, in Dallas, we can enjoy knowing the  Texas Rangers are playing in the World Series.