gray-large.png“Pete Carroll’s Road to Superbowl Success Was Paved With Past Failures” is the title of a post which was posted out the day after the Seahawks won the Superbowl in non-other than (powered by Investor’s Business Daily). The first paragraph of that post was also only a single sentence which stated: “Congratulations to Pete Carroll, the NFL’s Greatest Failure.”

Was this an article written by a disgruntled fan of the other metropolitan city which is legally allowed to get “a mile high?” Absolutely not!

The article indicates that only because Pete Carroll was able to perservere through hardship was he able to figure out how to win.

The post (which I unfortunately only have as a pdf version in my inspiration file) chronicles Carrol’s football career which included the 1994 season record of 6-10 with the New York Jets after which he was fired; 2 years as defensive coordinator for the … da-da–DAA, ’49ers; then 3 years following Bill Parcells tenure at New England until being fired. Carroll then had a dry stretch until given a chance to relaunch his football coaching carreer in 2001 as head of USC’s program. 

At the college level, Pete started to win. And according to the post’s author, John Tamny, at first this was dismissed as something he was only able to accomplish at the collegiate level, whereas the NFL was … well, a different league.

Wrong! Paul Allen hired Carroll after the 2009 season. Pete’s record in Seattle since? The Seahawks “won a playoff game in his first season, missed the playoffs his second, won another playoff game in season three and then in his fourth season he won it all.

Without getting out ahead of ourselves to think about the Seahawks again down in Arizona for Superbowl 49, the question instead is: what did Pete Carroll and his team do?

The post indicates the following from his respective tenures:

  • Jets – The Overall Organization Matters. “The Jets had a culture of losing that ran all the way up to the person writing the checks.”
  • Patriots – Again, The Overall Organization Matters. “Though now he’s easily one of the most savvy owners in the NFL, the Bob Kraft who hired Carroll in the ’90s is not the Bob Kraft of today. Like Carroll, Kraft too has learned from early mistakes.”
  • USC – A Culture of Winning Does Matter. “Carrol … developed a keen eye for talent that has served him well in his third stint in the NFL. Carroll has said that absent the organizational structure offered him by [Paul] Allen that he would not have taken the Seahawks job.”

The article starts to closes with the observation:

It’s notable that Carroll helped pick players for his Super Bowl winning team who were underestimated like he was. Russell Wilson was a third-round draft choice after being judged too short, shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman lasted until the fifth round, game MVP Malcome Smith was a seventh-roaund pick and wideout Doug Baldwin wasn’t even drafted.

There’s no greater gift in life than that of being underestimated, and the naysayers ultimately did Caroll and his players a favor in expressing their disdain.

The takeaway is that failures and errors are a part of the process of winning. To paraphrase sentiments by two of the greatest athletes of all time: Wayne Gretzky and Micheal Jordan.

  1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take; and 
  2. Make sure they are in the game taking as many shots as possible.

As an attorney, we are trained to attempt to bury risk. RCW 7.28.083 appears to have drawn in aggressive litigators who are drawn to quiet title | adverse possession because of the potential to reap from the opposing side attorneys fees and costs.

Well, while there are some litigators with both the substantive and litigatorial skills to back it up, these other Johnnys and Jannies come lately are out of their league … and to be quite honest my over attempts to resolve conflict some to great success, some to mediocre settlement, and a couple to great disappointment have been more exhausting than simply playing the normal role of litigator.

So, in anticipation of legal improvement after a wait of four years, I’m finally ready to wave fruitless attempts at amicable peace aside when the idiocy of stubborness simply can not be dissuaded and take on people who think that this legal arena is a mudpit. 

Only a few practicioners have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject area. And as a result only a few recognize that because of the incredible amount of jurisprudence the law in this area is very crystaline. 

What are you shooting for in 2015? I want peace. But like Lincoln, I’ve come to realize that sometimes the way to peace is a path by William Sherman through Savannah.

My question to prospective clients, opposing attorneys, and surveyors is this: Does the process count? 

Pete Carroll’s experience indicates that displacement creates the fire for victory. And if victory is all you want, let’s go get it. But, if you want something more when you come home from a long day at work. If you want peace, let’s figure out if a different strategy will work. Often times it can. Regrettably, this isn’t always the case.  

Regardless of your situation…

I wish you, your family, friends, colleagues and associates, and neighbors happiness in the upcoming New Year. May you all fail enough times to create the big wins!gray-small.png