Heisman finalist Mac Jones leads Alabama against Ohio State in tonight's CFP National Championship game.

The interesting part?

Without four simple sheets of paper, it would have never happened.

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1) Let's start in 2016:

As a Junior in high school, Mac Jones was a 3-star QB recruit out of Jacksonville, Florida.

With 20+ scholarship offers, he had a decision to make.

His choice?

Kentucky, where he had a chance to start right away.

But there was just one problem…
2) Despite committing to Kentucky, where he was expected to compete for the starting QB job right away, Mac Jones backed out of his commitment.


"I knew I wasn't ready to play."

Instead, he flipped his commitment to Alabama — the defending national champion.
3) While some will say Mac Jones chose Alabama solely because it was a better program, think about this:

Jones committed to Alabama in June 2016, one month after Tua Tagovailoa — the #1 QB in the nation.

Simply put, Jones knew he wouldn't play for years.

Next up, the process.
4) When Mac Jones arrived at Alabama in 2017, he was "rail thin and not game ready."

At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Nick Saban says Mac Jones "needed to mature physically."

His solution?

A "goals sheet," which was an extremely detailed 4-page, step-by-step guide on steps to improve.
5) Mac Jones' goal sheet is a masterclass in continuous effort compounding into desired results.

He started with simple goals, like daily exercises to increase flexibility, but ended with big goals, like a Heisman trophy & a national championship.

The best part?

It worked.
6) Four years after he committed to Alabama, Mac Jones dominated college football in 2020.

— 36 TDs to 4 INTs
— 1st-team All-American
— Davey O'Brien Award

Mac Jones finished 3rd in Heisman voting but can still accomplish the largest goal on his list:

A national championship.
7) Albert Einstein called compound interest "the eighth wonder of the world," but it doesn't only apply to finance.

Whether it's reading, writing, or working out, the ability to continuously compound progress over time is a superpower.

Don't believe me?

Just ask Mac Jones.
8) In the end, the lesson is simple:

Mac Jones was humble enough to admit he wasn't ready to play, chose the best opportunity to improve, put together a step-by-step plan to make it happen & had the patience to see it through.

In today's world, that's incredibly rare.
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2. Subscribe to my free daily newsletter where I give a detailed analysis on topics involving the money and business behind sports.


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