Got Swag?

By January 24, 2014 2 Comments

For the past couple of years there has been one word that has irritated me more than any other. What’s the word? Swag. It’s all over. I’ve seen the word on t-shirts, talked about by athletes and commentators, and unfortunately noticed too many students buying into this empty word. This week I’m going to share with you the problem with “swag” and why I find it particularly annoying.

The Problem

“Everybody wants it but no one wants to work for it.”

To begin I’ll share just two of the phrases worn on t-shirts: “Don’t Sweat My Swag” and “Swag Don’t Come Cheap.” These are just two of the many. What I find irritating about swag is that everybody wants it or claims to have it, but few want to work for it. The people who truly have and exemplify swag aren’t the one’s wearing the shirts. Having swag is just another way of saying someone has confidence. Confidence doesn’t come with a slogan on a shirt. Too many want the glory but aren’t willing to sacrifice anything for it. There’s no price tag for true confidence, it doesn’t come with wearing a particular shirt, shoes, or headphones. When the pressure is on, you’d better perform. This ability to perform is no gimmick. No t-shirt or slogan will work. Swag or supreme confidence is only found in those who are prepared. Too many people claim to have swag when the truth is that they don’t have one bit of it. They don’t have the necessary skills, but will be the first one’s to brag or talk trash. The problem is too many people want to look the part rather than be about it. They want to talk about it but not be about it.

The Solution

“Success can’t be bought.”

How is swag earned? It’s earned through hard work. It’s earned through blood, sweat, and through hours upon hours of work. One gets the right to have “swagger” by putting in long hours day after grueling day. They get up early and understand that there are no office hours for success. The ones with a true swagger have supreme confidence from being the first ones in and the last ones out. They are prepared. They are educated. Then they just react during the moment because they’ve trained their mind and body properly. It’s all about what goes on behind the scenes that matters. What happens when no one else is watching matters; that’s what develops swag. Success can’t be bought. It doesn’t come with wearing a shirt or boasting in front of a camera. It comes through hard work and preparation.

Current Examples

No. 1 vs. No. 1.

Super Bowl XLVIII will feature the NFL’s No. 1 Offense vs it’s No. 1 Defense. Payton Manning leads the Broncos top-rated offense while Richard Sherman leads the Seahawks No. 1 defense. It’s a great matchup on the field and a great example of what I am referring to in this post. Sherman is now infamous for his post game interviews following the NFC Championship. Manning represents what swag should be and really is. Sherman is everything that’s wrong with swag. Manning lets his actions speak for themselves. He’s humble, yet extremely confident. He’s old school, he plays the game and let’s the results speak. He’ s the first to deflect praise and as a result he gets more back. Manning is confident, not arrogant. Sherman is all about me, saying, “I’m the best. Don’t put a mediocre receiver against me…” I could add more but I don’t want to give his actions any more attention. Sherman is boisterous and in your face. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very good, but his negative actions are outweighing what he does on the field. Sherman is arrogant, not confident. Manning is everything swag should be about, while Sherman is everything that it truly isn’t.

Generations change and the younger one is all about swag right now. We need to teach our kids what swag really is, how it’s earned, and how it’s displayed.

This is a topic where many might not agree with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!


Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Terry Crawford says:

    Amen! Our theme this year in football was Old School Swag. We talked about all the things you mentioned.

  • kelmendorf says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting Terry, I appreciate it! Love the theme your team had! How’d your season go?