3 Things I Learned From WI Sports Teams in October.

As I have pretty thoroughly documented the last month, I am on the hunt for a new job. I typically find inspiration from what is happening around me so I thought it would make sense to write about how our local sports teams have influenced my way of thinking. This is Part 1 on the Packers.

  1. There is nothing more important than good Leadership. During the Packers/Lions game kicker Mason Crosby had a nightmare of a game, missing 5 kicks in a game where the Packers “only” lost by 11. Crosby only has one job, and let’s face it, he blew it.

 

Late in the game (and during Crosby’ peak of frustration) numerous players including QB Aaron Rodgers stopped by Crosby on the sidelines to offer support and encouragement. Then with the game winding down Mason finally made a kick and the team greeted him on the field to show even more support. The following week Crosby nailed a kick to win the game.

What it taught me during my job search: Who I work for and the team around me are the most important factors when selecting my next role. The simple fact is I have worked in a number of industries and done a little bit of everything so the industry is unimportant. I want to be in a place where I feel supported, appreciated and work with a group of talented people that can elevate my game.

 

  1. Character and hard work will get you through the tough times. In week 1, every Packers fan collectively gasped as QB Aaron Rodgers went down with a knee injury. The fear was that another promising season would be in jeopardy without our best player on the field. Each week he seems to hobble through the game, leaving fans wondering how long it will last.

 

 Nobody is sure of the long term effects of his injury, but since his injury, here is what we learned about Rodgers.

–       After each game he admits he is hurting but needs to pull through for his team.

–       He has never made excuses for poor performance only stating the need to always be improving.

–       Through his injury he has worked hard to get back to practice to make sure that his young group of receivers got the reps they needed to be successful.

What this taught me during my job search: Bad things can happen to good people, and complaining is for complainers. Successful people roll with the punches and stay positive. I refuse to look at my situation as a negative. Instead I see this as an opportunity to get “taped up in the locker room” and come back stronger and more focused.

 

  1. A bye week can be a good thing. Every NFL team gets a bye week to heal up, refocus and get ready for the rest of the grueling season. For Packers fans, a bye week is a sad Sunday where most of the day is spent “leaping” off the couch to refocus their time and energy on their to-do list or recovering from the normal Sunday food and beer consumption.

 

 The Packers bye (week 7) was great timing as it will allow for Rodgers and many others time to heal and give the team more practice time to get on the same page and prep for a very hard remaining schedule.

What this taught me in my job search: To put it simply, everyone needs a break. Since I started looking for a new job a month ago I think I have “worked” more hours per week on small project contracts, networking, interviewing and applying for jobs. This past weekend my wife and I took our “bye week” and went away for the weekend with family and friends (and NO KIDS). It was a chance to get silly, eat and drink too much and just R-E-L-A-X (Packers fans will get that reference). While 2-day hangovers are a real thing, this past weekend was just what I needed to recharge.

Thank you to the Green Bay Packers for the guaranteed bonding time with my TV from Sept to January, and for inspiring me during this time of transition. Stay tuned…. Next week in part 2 I talk about the Brewers!

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