Dear Customers and Friends:
Everyone knows I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs football fan. But you don’t have to be a Dawg fan to appreciate the underdog story of Stetson Bennett, the team’s MVP quarterback of the back-to-back National Champions.
Lacking the size of most college quarterbacks, Stetson walked on at Georgia in 2017 with little chance of a scholarship. But the small-town kid from Blackshear, Ga., had big dreams and a strong desire since childhood to play for his favorite team.
He believed in himself when few others did – which meant he had to work a lot harder than his teammates to get noticed.
As a lowly scout team player, Stetson was asked to imitate Heisman Trophy quarterback Baker Mayfield to help prepare Georgia for its playoff game against Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl. This time, the coaches noticed. Stetson did such a good job that he eventually got a chance to play as a “real quarterback.”
Three years later, as the starting quarterback, he led his team to its first national championship in four decades. But Stetson wasn’t through yet, ignoring suggestions to go out on top. Instead, he returned to play his final season of eligibility, and play he did. After earning honors as a Heisman Trophy finalist, he led a thrilling comeback against Ohio State in the CFP semifinals and then played his career-best game to win the 2023 National Championship against Texas Christian University.
Despite his success, Stetson has had many doubters and critics, especially on social media. (More recently, he has made some poor choices with his public behavior that have led to questions about his future in the NFL and whether he will even be drafted later this month). But like he proved in college, Stetson will keep working hard – and winning – wherever he goes.
In business, God wants us to adopt a similar hard work ethic to Stetson Bennett’s.
That means working hard even when no one’s watching. It means being a good team member, contributing unselfishly to the success of your company. And showing up every day – on time and with a good attitude.
Jesus was the best model of a hard work ethic. Through His actions and love for us, He demonstrated such traits as discipline, integrity, faithfulness… and the ultimate sacrifice in His devotion to God.
We, too, should strive to honor the Lord by doing our best job possible at whatever we do and wherever we work. For all the blessings we receive, it’s the least we can do to show our appreciation.
Go Dawgs! (Sorry, I couldn’t help it).
Blessed to be a Blessing,
President, Syfan Logistics
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24