Years ago I thought I knew it all. (I’m talking about High School here) I really sat down and asked myself, “Are you teachable?”, since I was wet behind the ears going to try out for the Junior Varsity football team (because a friend suggested that I should during math class as we both gazed out the window bored out of our minds listening to the teacher talk in a mono tone voice). “Junior Varsity!?”, I said. He said, “Would you rather go try out for Powder Puff first?”. My ego got the best of me and I said I’ll do it.
I don’t know about you but when you are doing anything for the first time, no matter how old you are, and you have NO IDEA of what your suppose to do or how to do it…you feel lost and left out the loop. That’s how I felt, seeing all these guys around me that I’ve only seen in the hallways with the girls hanging off their arms.
Sitting on the cold metal benches in the locker room waiting for my name to be called with everyone else’s, I thought…”What if I don’t make the team?” I was only 6’1″ and 195 pounds (soaking wet) in the 8th grade and haven’t lifted a weight in my life. That was all about to change.
Everything Happens For A Reason
My name was called, “AWESOME!”, I thought to myself. Little did I know that this was the beginning of something bigger than me. The coach looked all of us in the eyes and said, “If you’re not teachable we don’t need you!”. Let that sink in for a minute. Whoa!
So, from that moment on I begin to listen to what this man was saying (more importantly I wanted to play), but little did I know we had some greats come from my High School: Kinnon Tatum, Brad Edwards to name a few.
Check out K.T. in action!
So, I knew that being teachable I could be the next player to enter the ranks of the elite. Obviously the Coach Mike knew something that I didn’t and my ears were wide open to take it all in (He knew what it would take to get to the next level as him and Coach Bob put a lot of kids through high school to the next level). These are two men that I still look up to till this day and respect tremendously. It takes a lot of time, patience and effort to lead, coach and impact so many lives over time.
I worked hard and put in the extra work when nobody was watching. I had to be real with myself and achieve the results that I wanted. I too wanted to play for the Fighting Irish and go off to a big school and make a name for myself.
Fast Forwarding A Couple Years Along…
Everything was moving along as planned…until I was injured my senior year in the first game against a rival school called New Burn. I remember it clear as day, Offensive Tackle Chip Daley chop blocked me, however he missed my knees and gave me a severe ankle sprain….so bad I was down for 3 games.
That was one of those defining moments in your life when you have to make a decision. We were ahead by 3 and they were driving down the field and the team stopped them from scoring. We got the ball back and drove down the field. Meanwhile the staff was looking at my ankle and knew it was sprained pretty bad. Coached looked at me and said, “We need you…We need you to get back out there and make a play”. What was I to do, let my team down?
They wrapped my ankle up so tight that I couldn’t feel the pain. Went back on the field with the adrenaline still pumping from the excitement and make a play. “Sack!” Now it was 3rd and 11 for the opposing team with time winding down on the clock.
They snapped the ball, and somehow I found my way through the line one-on-one with the quarterback again who tried to roll away from the pressure. As he was rolling out all I could think was just bring him down…bring him down. Within a couple of steps I leaped and got another sack which was the defining moment for our team in the first game of the season. I went on to play for the Ohio Bobcats (MAC Division 1) school even though my heart was set on playing for the UNC Tarheels.
So to say that you are in pain and you really want your situation to change you need to ask yourself if you are teachable and trainable to make it happen. When I got started online I had to find someone who knew the ropes of this business to learn how to market and do everything else.
Many times we feel as if we know it all and want to learn how to do something on our own. That’s great, but how much further ahead will you be once you have someone share their knowledge and experience with you (especially in the instance learning or honing in on a new skill) and teach you the ropes and pot holes to avoid?
Find someone who is doing what you want to do and ask them for help, guidance, understanding and to be a sounding board for you…I did it and it’s worked wonders for me and it can do the same for you.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts or suggestions below.
(stay tuned for tomorrows post)