The Saints Winning the Super Bowl Reminds Us We All Need To Stay Golden

Tyler PollardCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Have you ever had that type of moment where you were just so close to getting the things you wanted and the things you put your mind to but you always came up short?

The feeling is pitiful when you know that if you had just gotten that one question right you would have gotten an "A" on your test.

Or when if everything would have gone as planned at work you might still have your job.

Well, I'm sorry to tell you, there's no going back. There's no time machine that will take you back. You might get a second chance if you're lucky, but most people know in life that's rarely the case.

Last year, the Arizona Cardinals were a couple inches away from winning the Super Bowl.  If only Santonio Holmes had stepped out of bounds on his stunning catch, the Cardinals would have maybe—just maybe—stopped the Steelers on third and fourth down to go on and do the unthinkable: win the Super Bowl.

Every year, Tony Stewart dominates at the Daytona 500 for basically most of the race but somehow always comes up short. Whether it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time or making just one mistake that costs him the race.

In both the situations these people did not get second chances.

In the 2008 season, the New Orleans Saints finished with an 8-8 record.  They were a team that had the talent, but came up short in numerous occasions.

In all eight of their losses only once did they lose by two touchdowns. If they would have gotten second chances they would have won at least half of their games.

They didn't, though. 

What they did do, though, is go out the next year and win the Super Bowl. The point is that New Orleans didn't give up and beat themselves up over that season.

I think almost every NFL player would do the same thing, and that's what separates them from us. It's their ability to not give up.

I'm not saying every NFL player is perfect.  I'm saying do you think they got to the NFL by just being born with great natural ability?

In life, when you succeed, 20 percent of it is talent and 80 percent of it is all in your head (with a little luck thrown in).

The New Orleans Saints remind us all to stay golden.

When you come up short in life, are you just gonna give up? No. You're gonna try and try again because one day you're bound to succeed. Even if you're stupid, smart, small, or big, you'll always succeed if you keep trying.