The retired quarterback reflected on the meaning of success on March 23 by sharing quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"What is success?" the quote read. "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or esteemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"
Tom's cryptic post, which he shared with three red heart emojis, comes a day after the release of ex Gisele Bündchen's Vanity Fair cover story, in which the supermodel denied speculation that they got a divorce over Tom's devotion to his football career.
"Listen, I have always cheered for him, and I would continue forever," the 42-year-old explained to the publication. "If there's one person, I want to be the happiest in the world, it's him, believe me. I want him to achieve and to conquer. I want all his dreams to come true. That's what I want, really, from the bottom of my heart."
"Everything in life comes with work," she said. "You have to go through the roller coaster. You have moments where you get to the sticky points and you've gotta overcome it."
"Love conquers all," she noted. "My life became so much richer because I got to learn so much from that."