Fresh Eyes = Fresh Mind & Fresh Heart


by Brandon Steiner August 28, 2012 0 Comments

This past weekend we lost not just an American icon and hero, but someone who will always be both of those things for the entire human race: Neil Armstrong.

Did you know that NASA chose Armstrong to be the first astronaut from Apollo 11 to set foot on the moon in part because he was viewed as having a modest ego? Proof of Armstrong’s humbleness is that the first written biography he authorized wasn’t published until 2005 - over three decades after his moon landing - and that he turned down all autograph requests since 1994, because he was uncomfortable with how much his signature was selling for. Here’s a guy at the center of maybe the most significant event in human history, and he does all he can not to cash in.

If athletes were more like Neil Armstrong, then…well, let’s just say I’m glad they’re not.

It was weird timing that Armstrong died this weekend, because he came up last Friday in a conversation I had with my buddy and colleague Steve Costello.

Steve had just gone on a cruise around Manhattan, and he came back pretty inspired. He’s been a New Yorker his whole life, but Steve said that seeing NYC in a way we rarely see it - from the middle of the East and Hudson Rivers, from 360 degrees around – was like seeing it for the first time (pics in post above). The sheer size of the skyscrapers, the interconnectivity of the bridges and highways, the beauty of the sun setting behind the west side of the island, shining through the streets between the buildings.

“Then there’s the sites, like the Statue of Liberty, and Ground Zero,” Steve said. “We always say, ‘We’ll get to them when we get to them. But we never actually go see them.’”

Then one of us mentioned Neil Armstrong; how amazing it must have been to have the fresh Manhattan eyes Steve just had – but for the entire planet Earth. How he must have gained such an original perspective of the world, one that no other man had ever experienced.

(Like that old tale about the cowboys sitting around the campfire at night, and how they see only the fire, but the Indians in the dark behind them can see both, and how the owls in the trees can see all three…how the further away you get, the better you can see.)

The bottom line is that we get so caught up in our own daily mishegoss, that we lose sight of the bigger picture, how always there’s so much more than meets the eye. How beautiful our world is and always will be, how it’s all connected in the most amazing ways.

How small all of us – and our problems – really are.

When you feel overwhelmed by life, step back. Take a breath. Take a break. Try to see it all with those fresh eyes.

Buy my new book, You Gotta Have Balls, here.




Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner

Author

Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.




Also in "What Else?" Blog

Change is Inevitable, Except from a Vending Machine
Change is Inevitable, Except from a Vending Machine

by Brandon Steiner March 24, 2017 0 Comments

The world is going to continue to change and businesses will have to learn how to adapt. My question for you is can you prepare yourself for change?

Read More

What's Your Tea?
What's Your Tea?

by Brandon Steiner March 22, 2017 0 Comments

Are you thinking about what’s next? You don’t always have to invent something; sometimes improving the thing you do best can be a game changer.

Read More

How to Get and Give the Perfect Interview
How to Get and Give the Perfect Interview

by Brandon Steiner March 21, 2017 0 Comments

Had the chance to speak with the legendary Bruce Beck of NBC New York to talk about the keys to getting and giving the perfect interview.

Read More