What People Pursuing Passion Can Learn from Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield may be viewed as a hothead, but as of 8:15pm yesterday evening, he can call himself one of 82 first overall NFL draft picks. Mayfield also won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 2017 and is intent on being the guy to turn the Cleveland Browns from NFL Zero to Super Bowl Contenders.

Though Mayfield has his critics, it’s important to realize he was once a prospect who walked on twice. Throw in the kid’s ultra-confidence and competitive nature, we can learn a lot from Mayfield as we strive to be the best we can in our own passion.



True Competitor

Mayfield is a true competitor with a massive chip on his shoulder. Whether he’s in a quarterback duel or far ahead of the opposition, it appears Mayfield hits the field time and again to deliver his best game.

Bottom line?

Mayfield wins games, and plenty of them, while putting up some awesome statistics.
He’s described by his teammates as a high energy guy and will be the heart and soul of the Cleveland Browns’ locker room.



Short Guys Finish First?

Quarterbacks have height and Mayfield tends to lean toward the shorter side. He’s a hair under 6’1 and may be prone to getting throws batted at the line, only it rarely happened while he was in college at the University of Oklahoma.

So, Mayfield walked-on twice, which means he didn’t receive a scholarship to play for the University of Oklahoma, and as an undersized quarterback, his chances of being an impact player were slim.

In 2015, he beat out the opposition and earned the starting quarterback gig at Oklahoma, and the rest is history. A Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Player of the Year, 2x Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and two time Big 12 Champion, Mayfield’s toughest task may lay ahead: turning around the dormant Cleveland Browns, who’ve been through twenty-eight starting quarterbacks in nineteen seasons.


Why it Matters

Despite his various taunting and edgy persona, Baker Mayfield isn’t a fake individual, and he lets people know it. Baker Mayfield is Baker Mayfield, and with it we can relate his pursuit to our own pursuit.

Look, Mayfield is telling us a few things:

1) Don’t let other people tell you who you can and can’t be.
2) Don’t let other people tell you what you can and can’t do.
3) Pick a challenge, make it your passion, and shoot for the stars.
4) Let everyone know what you’re doing.

Sports fans and non-sports fans can learn from Baker Mayfield. It’s not everyday you see a kid walk on to two schools as an undersized quarterback, prove doubters wrong, embark on one of the most storied collegiate football careers of all time, win the Heisman, and get picked first overall by a desperate NFL team.

Something tells me the Legend of Baker Mayfield is going to end well.