Understand the Critical Difference Between Clever and Wise – Another Talk Like a Winner Tip

There is a critical difference between a clever action and one that is deemed wise. That difference becomes clearly evident when you study consequences, particularly negative ones, over time.

In a classic case of clever action, Pete Carroll, head coach of the powerhouse USC Trojans football team, humiliated his cross-town rival UCLA Bruins with a late-minute surprise pass play, that increase his team’s already insurmountable lead from 14 to 21 points. When asked about his controversial decision, Coach Carroll answered, “Jeremy (assistant coach Jeremy Bates) had the thought. I said, ‘That’s a heck of a call, man.'”

What rubbed salt into the wounded psyche of UCLA was the celebration from the USC players and coaches after the touchdown was scored. One USC player even stuck out his tongue at the UCLA sidelines in an obvious display of taunting. All of this unsportsmanlike conduct was captured on camera for the public to see and for opponents of USC to replay over and over again.

The clever actions of the USC coaches allowed their team to enjoy a short-term jolt of pleasure. And for the weeks following that decision, not a single apology was made in the media by a USC player, coach, or university administrator.

As a result, the consequences of the football team’s actions will automatically come back to haunt them in the future. That’s because a Natural Law of the Universe known as “The Law of Compensation” clearly and succinctly states: For every action, there is a greater or equal reaction.

So in regards to Coach Carroll’s clever decision to punish their already defeated opponent by running up the score, what is the automatic “greater or equal reaction?” The answer is that they inadvertently and unwisely instilled a burning desire for revenge in their cross town rivals which will last for many years to come.

If I was to engage in a conversation with Coach Carroll I’d be sure to ask him, “Have you ever read the book, Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill?” And naturally, I’d expect him to say that he has.

But then I’d follow up his remark by asking, “Do you remember learning about the starting point of all achievement?”

He’d probably get annoyed and ask me what I was getting at.

And here’s what I’d like the opportunity to share with him:

According to Dr. Napoleon Hill, the starting point of all success is desire. And in your last-minute cleverness, you unknowingly gave the UCLA Bruins the missing element to their future success – a burning desire. Up until this point, the Bruins football philosophy had been about turning around their program, becoming competitive, and getting better. But the intensity was never turned up to point of “white hot” desire, as Dr. Hill describes, that can come from experiencing humiliation and seeking revenge.



By Amber