Former NFL Quarterback, Broadcaster and Foundation Executive
- NFL Quarterback, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons
- Heisman Trophy Finalist for #2 ranked University of Oregon Football
- TEDx Speaker
- Sports Broadcaster, Fox, FX, OSN
- Founder, Harrington Family Foundation
- Accomplished Jazz Musician (appeared w/ Jason Mraz, Blues Traveler, and Third Eye Blind)
The pursuit of perfection is eroding innovation in companies, fracturing faith in our institutions, driving false-expectations in our families, and creating harmful self-image issues. Embracing our errors and failures provides each of us a better starting point for growth, increases our creativity, builds more authentic relationships, and sets the stage for becoming the best version of ourselves.
Joey Harrington (bio) bought into the dream of “perfection”. He became a star college quarterback and a Heisman Trophy Finalist who rarely lost a football game, and earned the third pick in the NFL draft. Then the losing started. He was vilified for the team’s failures. The dream of perfection was spiraling out of reach. Yet something remarkable happened to Harrington in the process...by accepting his setbacks and ending his pursuit of perfection, he found himself. His story of will be one of the most inspiring you will ever hear.
Areas of Expertise
Leadership | Inspiration | Teamwork | Peak Performance | Effectiveness | Authenticity | Risk-taking
Chasing Perfection: How Accepting Imperfection Creates Better People and Better Organizations
Society is obsessed with perfection. Auto-tuning, photo-shopping, fat-shaming, botoxing, embellishing, bingeing, cheating…and much more, are the by-products of our increasing addiction to being perfect.
Imperfection is the fuel for building leadership character, creative problem solving, sustained growth, and most importantly, happiness. When we are no longer paralyzed by the fear of failing, we are more likely to succeed. Joey Harrington explores the benefits of embracing imperfection in a beautifully moving and keenly insightful presentation that is deeply meaningful for every member of your audience. His rich stories not only touch on our own imperfections, but inspire us and give us permission to be the best version of ourselves.
Perfection vs. Reality
IMPERFECTION! The world reminds us every day that our imperfections…our errors and flaws…are why we are not admired, respected, and loved. The dream of PERFECTION is sold to every one of us from every angle in every minute of every day.
Joey Harrington bought into the dream of perfection. He became the star quarterback at the University of Oregon and a Heisman Trophy Finalist who rarely lost a football game at any level. He earned the third pick in the NFL draft to start his dream career as the starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
Then the losing started. He worked hard to stem the tide. But the losses kept mounting, so he worked harder, and harder still. Yet the team lost more than they won. He was vilified by the outside world who blamed him for the team’s failures. His imperfections were amplified in public, and his self-confidence eroded. The dream of perfection was spiraling out of reach, no matter how much effort he dedicated.
Yet something remarkable happened to Harrington in the process. By accepting his setbacks and ending his pursuit of perfection, he changed. He grew back his confidence. His stress level dropped, and his effectiveness grew. He became authentically himself. And he was much happier.
What Joey learned is an immensely important lesson to all of us. The pursuit of perfection is eroding innovation in companies, fracturing faith in our institutions, driving false-expectations in our families, and creating harmful self-image issues. And it is the greatest impediment to our happiness.
Conversely, by embracing our errors and failures, we are providing ourselves with a better starting point for learning and growth, increasing our creativity and passion, building more authentic relationships, and setting the stage for becoming the best version of ourselves.
An accomplished jazz musician and broadcaster, Harrington is a wonderfully passionate and thought-provoking speaker who uses his unique skillsets as an artist and communicator to create one of the most emotionally inspiring and important stories you will ever hear.