If you have seen any of the headlines over the past few weeks you must have come across an Antonio Brown Story. Brown, a verified superstar in the NFL has inadvertently sabotaged his entire career losing millions of dollars in the process. He has had over 30 Million in guaranteed money voided due to his insane antics!
While most of us don't have 30 mil on the line, that doesn't mean we are immune to the same fate as Antonio Brown. We all must heed the warning signs of A.B.S ( Antonio Brown Syndrome)..
Warning sign #1
You think you are untouchable!
We have all worked with people with the untouchable complex. Usually someone who has had some success in their industry. The success goes to their head and they begin to believe the company or business can't function without them. Once this beliefs festers they start slacking, not focusing, and making poor decisions. These actions generally lead to their dismissal!
If you are great at what you do that is awesome! Don't let this success go to your head, keep behaving and acting in the same manner that brought that success. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how great you think you are. What does matter is if the guy who signs your check thinks your great! Until you work for yourself you need to be aware of the untouchable complex. A lesson Mr. Brown is now learning.
Warning sign #2
You Don't listen to anybody!
When you begin to believe that you are right all the time and that there is no need to listen to the advice or perspectives of others there should be a giant alarm going off in your head. No one is always right and no one can afford to dismiss other perspectives as it is imperative for growth. When the only voice you ever listen too is your own, reality can get skewed and trouble will be on the horizon. Just ask Drew Rosenhaus, I'm sure he would have a lot to say on this subject. I wonder how times AB has been advised to fix his behavior...A pretty high amount I would imagine!
Warning sign #3
You got fired and still can't stop self destructing!
You failed to recognize the warning signs. You overestimated your value, you ignored all advice and you lost you job. Now it's time for some humble pie! A reasonable person would try to salvage any relationships possible in hopes of getting some sort of reference to use in the future. BUT not those with severe Antonio Brown Syndrome. In advanced cases these people will continue the behaviors and actions that caused their demise. Thus digging a deeper hole to get out of. Eventually even these folks will get tired of digging and realize they need to stop the destruction and start the healing. The only hope is that once they stop and look up for help, someone will actually still be there to respond.
In order to ensure you don't catch A.B.S please follow the recommended daily treatment.
Give your best to all you do!
Don't talk about your greatness, Show your greatness!
If you find yourself sliding in the wrong direction, immediately stop what you doing, look up and ask for help before it too late!
Adhering to these three guidelines will decrease your likely hood of self destructive behavior thus helping to guard against Antonio Brown Syndrome.
Thanks for reading!
photo credit to AB instagram
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.