Admire those who embody all of the desirable traits that we seek.
Think about the most iconic athletes. In modern times, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady are cultural icons. People revere and respect them, but why? It’s not only their ability to win, because if that was the case, we would consider Robert Horry in the same class as the greats. What we really love about Mike and Brady is their perseverance and willingness to sacrifice. Subconsciously, we are addicted to seeing brutal competitors. However, we also appreciate their civility. Their civility is on display in press conferences and media interactions. On one hand, they are competing relentlessly against grown men, and then, within a few minutes, they can calmly interact with the media. We are enamored with their ability to hone in on their emotions after an intense competition. Very few people possess the ability to regulate their feelings for the betterment of the team.
Both icons also have relatable beginnings. Neither of them were the superstar in high school and neither of them were the number 1 pick. Despite all of their early shortcomings, they never stopped believing in themselves. People with this level of authentic belief end up dominating their industry. You need to believe you can be the best in order to become the best. We also underestimate how valuable a resilient mentality can be. Most people who are rejected don’t try again. The few that persist after rejection are the ones that you can trust the most in the moments that count. People with this character trait are who we are drawn to the most. That’s the main reason the NBA’s ratings were at their peak when Jordan was in his prime.