Do you “sweep the shed?”
The most successful sports team in the professional era is not the Yankees, the Patriots, or Real Madrid, but a team from a far less known sport. It is the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. In the book, Legacy, author James Kerr discusses one of the All Blacks' core values for success: "Sweeping the Shed."
The goal of every All Blacks player is to leave the national team shirt in a better place than when he got it. His goal is to contribute to the legacy by doing his part to grow the game and keep the team progressing .
In order to do so, the players realize that no one is too important or too talented to do the little things required each and every day to get better. You must eat right. You must sleep well. You must take care of yourself on and off the field. You must work hard and train hard. You must contribute to the growth and betterment of the team.
You must sweep the shed.
After each match, played in front of 80,000 plus fans and millions of TV viewers, after the camera crews have left, and the coaches are done speaking, when the eyes of the world have turned elsewhere, there is still a locker room to be cleaned.
…by the players!
If the New Zealand All Blacks are sweeping their locker room, then why aren’t you out there helping younger lawyers, doing your part to improve the profession, and setting the example for others? Are you leaving the uniform in a better place, or counting the days until they retire your jersey?