The System Of Tom Brady

Systems are incredibly important. Systems are important and yet most of us don’t truly know how impacted we are by the systems we have created and live in.

A system is a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done.

The good habits you have are because of the systems in your life.

The bad habits are because of the systems in your life.

Systems are way more important than individual greatness.

Think about this, when God created the universe he put in a solar system. We are created to be in systems and to make systems.

An amazing person in a bad system equals disaster.

Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s are both fast food restaurants. They pay the same wage for their employees. They have the same pool of people to pull from. And yet the service at Chick-fil-A is far superior to even the best McDonald’s I’ve been to. Why? The system.

It’s not like Chick-fil-A magically creates amazing workers. They have a system for hiring and training that produces the results we get to experience. I love Christian chicken!

Some of you are not football fans, and this is not a post about football per say. There is an example of systems from the NFL that I haven’t heard anyone talking about.

Tom Brady is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. There is no doubt he is talented, a hard worker, and a great quarterback. But his greatest is in debt to the system in which he plays in.

The New England Patriots are without Tom Brady for the first four games of this season. Thanks Deflategate.

For some teams this would mean disaster.

The Patriots are 3-0 so far this season.

The back-up quarterback got injured in the second game of the season and they still won. For the third game they played a rookie QB.

In the third game of the season a rookie quarterback got the win, and got injured.

This is preposterous.

For this week I don’t think they know who they are going to play. My friend Nate, posted the following picture with the caption, “Patriots put Hellen Keller in at quarterback, somehow still manage to win.

Now, there is no doubt Tom Brady is great, but this kind of success means he is a part of a system that helped make him better than he would have been on other teams.

Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round. Has there ever been a superstar quarterback drafted so low?

Systems matter.

I see this with eating and losing weight. Systems matter.

Systems matter so much we should spend time analyzing the systems we are a part of. If you are in a endless cycle of negativity you need to look at your system.

If you are wondering why some have it better and others do not take a look at the system you are a part of.

Change the system, change the behavior.

The following video is fascinating. It’s on the power of social conformity. It shows just how powerful systems are. The test involves a group of people who stand at the sound of a beep in a doctor’s office. Everyone is in on it except for one woman. Will she end up standing simply because everyone else does? What’s even more amazing is what happens once everyone leaves. It’s worth the watch.

You will become like the systems you live in.

This is why the following verse is so important…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17.

We all have our own personal idiosyncrasies, and hang ups, but we become either the best or worst version of ourselves because of the system we are in.

If you are spiritually dry look at the system you are in.

If your life is full of drama look at the system you are in.

When needed remove yourself from a system and add a new system. Systems matter. Just ask the Patriots.

What systems are you a part of? Which systems have helped you become a better you?


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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.


  1. Karen
    September 26, 2016

    The video was funny yet true. Just recently NL folks did this with their profile pictures of the family photo shoot, which was a good thing. I work for the government which is full of systems, and you quickly learn the good and the bad. For our family we are constantly changing our systems to adapt to keep quality of life despite school, work, family commitments. And your verse is perfect! Keeping this “system ” or environment in place for kids and their surroundings is crucial for their positive thinking.

  2. Mary
    September 26, 2016

    The systems in our church have been instrumental in my growth as a Christian and as a person. I have been at other churches but NLC led me to baptism, volunteering, groups and just overall a greater love for people. Our church loves people so well and I think it is infectious. I was just thinking this morning as I saw Stacey Smithley’s post about people helping her get her class together for her first day at a new school how wonderful people are. I thought to myself, “Where do these people find the time to be so full of AWESOME?”

    People often think that since I own a business, I would be there 24 hours per day. My reply is that I have wonderful people working for me that treat my business as their own and that we have great systems in place.

  3. Michele
    September 26, 2016

    Wow, that video screams “sheeple”. Scary stuff! What a great post, Rob. Spot-on, as usual!

    I think Jeff’s and my best system is praying together. We pray over every meal, when we wake up in the morning, and when we go to bed at night. It really anchors our life, and I love it.

  4. Mim Shepherd
    September 26, 2016

    Good points with interesting video.


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