What do Peyton Manning, LeBron James, and Lionel Messi have in common?
Second-place finishes. Manning’s Broncos were crushed 43-8 in the Super Bowl, the San Antonio Spurs handily defeated Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and Argentina, led by Messi, lost 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup Final.
Each athlete is also arguably the best player on the planet at his sport. Manning won the NFL MVP award last year. James has won four of the past six MVP trophies given by the NBA. From 2009 to 2012 Lionel Messi was voted the top soccer player in the world, and FIFA named him as the best performer of the 2014 World Cup.
But talent doesn’t win championships; teams do. They are superior to individual ability for a number of reasons, many of which are brought to light in the excellent book Jesus on Leadership by C. Gene Wilkes and Calvin Miller.
Via Ron McIntyre