We have all heard the age ole adage Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life! I honestly and unconditionally subscribe to that theory. As a matter of fact I have been living that saying for 3 decades now. But there is a huge piece of the puzzle missing from that statement. That state should really be:
Do What You Love & Learn How To Do It Right & You’ll Never Work A Day In Your Life
You see, you may love to bake, but if you don’t follow the instructions and put in the right ingredients then everything you bake will taste terrible! Serving people food that doesn’t taste good is not fun and if you were trying to turn your baking into a business not only would your job be no fun, you wouldn’t have a business for very long. BUT if you become a bakers apprentice or go to culinary school and continuously work on improving your craft of baking then your food tastes great and the people love it and you not only have a thriving baking business but you get to enjoy what you do.
That example is absolutely no different then being a coach. Coaching is a very rewarding and honorable profession while providing a decent living for you and your family. The challenge is when you do things that don’t produce successful teams and athletes. In past years it was not very much fun when your teams constantly lost. It was hard to get buy-in and eventually it was tough to field full teams.
In today’s world of hyperbole surrounding athletics it is extremely different. With social media, 24 hour sports outlets, over involved parents, hyper-sensitive athletes and the ever present misperception surrounding college athletic scholarships losing isn’t just no fun it becomes the bain of you existence. You either continuously advance your coaching skills so that you do win or you tend to gravitate to an institution that doesn’t place a high premium on championships.
Regardless of which place you end up, the athletes and their parents generally place winning as a top priority. If you as a coach don’t place being the very best version of yourself as a coach then those two worlds are going to collide. Being the best version of yourself as a coach means that you consistently upgrade, update and advance your knowledge, skills and ability. If you are not doing that consistently then you will fall into the trap of rationalizing and justifying what is happening in your career.
The reality of the first part of the statement Do What You Love should ultimately drive a never ending desire to attack the second part of the saying & Learn How To Do It Right so that you can actually live the last part of the saying & You’ll Never Work A Day In Your Life. If you find yourself struggling to go to clinics or engage in professional development or making excuses about why you don’t need to do those things then you are probably in the wrong profession. If you have to force yourself to work at becoming the best version of yourself in your chosen field then I would immediately start looking for another profession.
If you would like to discuss how to engage in professional development activities that will advance your knowledge, skills, abilities and performance shoot me an email and we will set-up a time to talk!