Cam Newton has emerged as a dominant figure in the world of sports and is an emerging superstar and pop cultural icon. He has solidified a place in football history with his record-setting play. He has defied the odds and summarily silenced naysayers. The warrior-like levels of focus and drive that Cam has demonstrated at times make him a man among boys on the playing field. Under his leadership, a now imposing Carolina Panthers team has ascended from the doldrums of the NFC South to the Super Bowl. Cam's magnetic personality and gleaming smile make him a highly desirable male prototype. For these reasons, he is a stellar exemplar of "the Ashley Way," the ultimate path to living the life of your dreams.
Here is how Cam embodies the Ashley Way:
Cam believes in his own greatness.
You are only as great as you believe yourself to be. Far too many people allow self-doubt to place false limitations on their achievement. Cam instead follows the Ashley Way by having supreme confidence in all things that he does on and off the field. In fact, Cam is such a true believer in his abilities and awesome destiny that it is difficult to consider him separate from his awesome confidence. He exudes a sense of self-assurance that is authentic, unwavering, and nearly palpable. When you watch Cam on the field, he seems to be existing on separate from everyone else on a doubtless wavelength. Cam is his own truest fan, and that endless belief in self is critical to his success, including this MVP-caliber, one loss, banner year.
Trust in your greatness and go confidently forward in the pursuit of all endeavors.
Cam writes his own story.
If you are not passionate enough about your life calling to put yourself in position to make it manifest, you are not living the Ashley Way. To live in accordance with the Ashley Way, you have to see each moment of life as an opportunity to build the legend of your life. Yes, Cam is immensely gifted from a physical perspective, but he worked to cultivate his Football IQ through hard work at each stage of play before he arrived in the NFL. He seized countless opportunities to showcase his talent on a meaningful stage. In the National Championship Game, his rookie season in the NFL, and other primetime events, he consistently rose to the occasion. He has also been keen to distinguish himself from other football players, using his engaging personality, business acumen and community service to cultivate the perception that he is not just another jock. Cam is a millennial renaissance man, and he built his own legend.
Relish the moments, public and private, in which you can build your lore. Work when no one is watching and show out when all eyes are on you.
Cam gives back.
To whom much is given, much is required. Giving back is a signal to the universe and God that you trust things will be alright. Generosity is the ultimate way to tap into the abundant stream of life. It is also a sign of humility, evidence that you understand you have been blessed and want to share the love with others in need. The Ashley Way dictates that he who gives freely and with an open heart will never be without. Cam is a tremendous giver. By handing footballs to kids after every score, he has made giving automatic (a great life hack). Personality pieces on Cam also highlight his charitable giving and efforts to help those who are less fortunate than him such as his Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Each time he gives, I am sure he takes a moment to reflect with gratitude on how fortunate he is. The mindset of gratitude and generosity leaves you perfectly open to accept all of the blessings life has in store for you. Cam is a great example of the power of generosity in action.
Learn to see giving as a gift in and of itself. Give with the expectation of nothing in return and be surprised by the bounty you receive.
Cam showcases his unique style and distinct capabilities.
What's life if you can't live it on your own distinct terms, in your own style, and highlighting your own unique abilities? The Ashley Way suggests that you aren't truly living unless you are living with singular flair. Yes, there are a lot of amazing quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, but none of them have done the Dab dance with the crunktastic grace of Cam. Most people who are Cam "Stans" love him not only for what he does, but how he does it. I may not agree with every fashion choice Cam makes, but he is clearly having fun with fashion and just about everything else in his life these day. Likewise, it would have been a waste of Cam's natural abilities, size, and speed if he had tried to fit into a more traditional QB playing style. Like other greats before him including Muhammad Ali, Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan, and Serena Williams, Cam taps his distinct creative impulses to power his athletic achievements. The key to unparalleled success is to resist the urge to conform. Be yourself.
Stay true to yourself. Do what feels like it comes naturally to you and don't be afraid to have fun no matter what others say. Create your own lane.
Cam committed to iterative improvement.
So many times we look at a person like Cam who is immensely successful and assume it was a miracle that led them to the Promised Land. That is true in a sense that all happenings are miraculous, but it obscures the real truth. Growth comes in stages. When you commit to the baby steps of iterative improvement, you create the potential for miraculous success. Cam is now a veteran NFL quarterback who has made tremendous strides each year. His was a statsheet-stuffer in his rookie year, but it didn't translate to a winning team. Each year, he has clearly committed himself to improving separate areas of his game: his passing accuracy, command of the offense, defensive reads, and team leadership have all improved gradually over time. He was critiqued by teammates for moping on the sideline, and now he is the main sideline cheerleader. Day by day, through practice and perseverance, he has become poised for success.
Invest in your calling by working at it each day. Your sweat equity creates an escrow for your future successes to draw from.
Cam embraces the power of adversity.
A fundamental tenet of the Ashley Way is that adversity is a magnificent catalyst for positive life transformation. I refer to this as the Adversity Advantage. Cam has masterfully handled a bounty of adversity in his life. It would have been easy for him to get angry when he was forced to enroll in a junior college after he was banished initially from big time college football, but he simply became the best JuCo quarterback in the country. He has faced negative character assessments, underhanded comments about his family, and questions about his aptitude and abilities his entire career. Cam has even faced adversity for being a confident person (adversity for dealing with adversity well in a sense lol). Even now, on the brink of the Super Bowl, his team is not exactly cut from champion stock. Its top receiver is out for the season, secondary receiver is prone to butter fingers, and third receiver is rookie Devin Funchess. With each wave of adversity, Cam has not resisted the challenges before him, he has embraced them. To Cam Newton, adversity is a beautiful backdrop for greatness.
Welcome adversity as a friend who is here to usher you to the next plateau of your life.
Smiling heals. It is a mood lifter and warms the heart. We should smile as much as possible. God gave Cam a megawatt smile, and he sure knows how to flash it. Smiling is the ultimate secret weapon. It makes you more attractive to others and tricks your brain into thinking everything is all good. The Ashley Way is all about doing the little things that can have a big impact on your life, and so of course smiling is a major element of living the Ashley Way. Cam is clearly tapped in to the power of smiling, and it shows.
Beautify the world with your smile.
Thank you for reading this post. Please share with your loved ones this Super Bowl weekend. Do you know someone who is living life the Ashley Way? Please nominate them for my next Case Study by tweeting me with the hashtag #TheAshleyWay.