Odell Beckham Jr. is taking a page from Tom Brady’s favorite book
Do you ever wonder how Tom Brady stays so calm and collected all the time?
The New England Patriots quarterback isn’t one to give too much to the media and knows where his attention belongs: to the game of football.
Thanks to a spiritual book called The Four Agreements by Don Ruiz, the quarterback has ventured through tough times by keeping his head held high and staying mature and composed.
“You read it and you just go, Goddamn. You know, how can I be more honest, accept things that don't go as planned? When you try to combat everything, at the end of the day you realize that you're responsible for yourself," Brady said in a 2008 Esquire interview.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been known for letting his emotions and immaturity take over on the field, but he’s been trying to change by reading the book Brady lives and breathes by. He hopes to be able to keep his composure on and off the field by remembering Ruiz’ four agreements.
1) Be Impeccable with your Word
2) Don’t Take Anything for Granted
3) Don’t Make Assumptions
4) Always Do Your Best
Brady looked for guidance in the book around the time of SpyGate, when he tore his torn ACL and during DeflateGate and says that he uses it as a mantra for his life.
“One of the mantras in the book is don’t take things personally. It hit me at the right time. It was very relevant at that point in my life, and I read it once a year to reflect and gain a little perspective. It’s served me pretty well.”
Brady will always play with a chip on his shoulder while maintaining poise and composure, and The Four Agreements just adds fuel to his fire. Beckham hopes it will do the same for him.