Are you a first round draft pick? How your career relates to the NFL draft.
I am a huge fan of the NFL and the draft, like most 30 year old guys are. I was thinking about how the NFL draft applied to me and my career. It turns out, there are more similarities than differences and I could use this to make myself a better employee, co-worker (teammate), and person. With the right skills, hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, anyone could be a first round draft pick.
The first attracting factor for teams and businesses alike, are the skills possessed by a prospective employee for their business. After all, even an NFL player is just an employee of a multi-million dollar corporation. We all have the same goal in mind, increasing annual revenue while providing some sort of service. Your skills will define what role you play within your company. Develop those skills so that you become an expert in a field, and can showcase your talent.
You hear catch phrases all the time like: give 110%, leave nothing on the field, bring your A game, and plenty more. Although these phrases are overused, they should be how you approach every day at your job. Imagine if your poor performance resulted in being cut from the team before you were ever really able to show what you could do. That’s the reality of an under-performing NFL prospect, and in some corporate scenarios you may face the same destiny. Work hard every day. Your boss will be happier, your business will be better, your day will go by faster, and you may even get that raise you’ve been hoping for. Players don’t get big contracts by being mediocre, they play their tail off to prove their value. We should all be doing the same.
A positive attitude really can make a difference. I’m not talking about the people who are overbearingly positive, that’s not fun for any of us. We hear about the negative players in the locker room, but they are traded or cut because of it. You also see that leaders within teams and organizations have a positive outlook. You can make a difference within the confines of your cube or whatever your office situation may be. Smile, don’t bring other people down, be positive.
Develop your skills, work hard, and maintain a positive attitude and you will succeed. Of course there will be failures along the way, but remain positive and learn from them. Og Mandino said, “Obstacles are necessary for success because victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” Whether your goal is to win the super bowl or to continue succeeding in your current job, these things will help you get there.