Why Johnny Manziel Lost it AllKnown in Aggie Country as “Johnny Football,” his real name is Johnny Manziel, and he has enormous athletic ability, but…

Talent is never enough. 

Manziel won the 2012 Heisman trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M and was selected as the 22nd pick of the Cleveland Browns in the NFL as well. To put an exclamation point on this guy’s potential for greatness, he was also picked as a shortstop by the San Diego Padres in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

In the last six months, however, Manziel has been demoted, cut, entered rehab, and most recently, indicted for assault in an altercation with his girlfriend. For those following Johnny, these consequences seems largely predictable.

After coaching entrepreneurs and other leaders for nearly two and a half decades, it’s become clear to me that when an individual’s life or business is off track, it’s inevitably the result of drifting from proven principles.

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When entrepreneurs re-calibrate with authentic principles, their business or personal life becomes more successful, productive, and harmonious. It’s no mystery or accident, and the same goes for athletes, couples, teams and even our country as a whole. Principles matter most.

But, if we’re not aware of them, or worse yet, if we choose to ignore them, the principles of life tend to be equal opportunity destroyers. Take gravity. If no one ever explained the nature of gravity and we accidentally stepped off our neighbor’s two-story deck, we’d all fall straight down, never up. It ­wouldn’t make a difference if we had amazing intellect or incredible athletic ability.  That’s how natural law works.

When we align our life with the timeless principles of natural law, we experience a surge of confidence, competence, and unparalleled optimism for the future. But the responsibility for learning about these principles and then living by them is completely up to each of us as individuals.

I’ve observed that timeless principles have a way of tracking us down and serving us with unpleasant consequences despite our ignorance or best intentions. We all can foretell the future if we simply examine today’s choices. This is because we live in an orderly universe governed by principles that work 24/7 for couch potato and elite athletes alike.

As Blaise Pascal wrote, “Nature imitates itself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master: the root, the branch, the fruits—the principles, the consequences.”

Impartial and impersonal, sooner or later we will reap what we have sown. We can run, but we cannot hide forever from the seeds we have planted. Unfortunately, there are many today who don’t understand how life works.

As a result, an attitude percolates throughout our culture, often denying that effects really do have causes. But without exception, every effect has a cause or a group of causes, even if we ­haven’t accurately identified them yet. And, consequences, positive or negative, can end up being our best coaches if we are wise enough to pay attention.

The good thing about the Johnny Manziel story is that most of it is still unwritten. I am pulling for Johnny. I hate to see wasted talent.

I hope he makes and amazing comeback and reaches his full potential, not just on the gridiron, but far more importantly, in life.

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