This is something I’m very curious about: if you had a “do-over” for your career, what would you choose to do? Would it be different from what you’re doing now? Is it too late for you to take a do-over?
I’d Be a Football Coach
Being a football coach is something I never considered doing when I was young. In recent years, though, I’ve become good friends with three football coaches (who also coach baseball and golf), and I strongly envy what they do as both coaches and teachers. I especially envy the part about being in a position to make a positive impact on young people’s lives.
Their jobs oftentimes are stressful, frustrating, exhausting, but I know that none of them would trade it for anything in the world.
And as I watch my daughters participate in sports, I’m reminded how much I enjoy everything about team sports: competing, leading, striving every day to improve. (My girls don’t want to win nearly as much as I did, which kind of pisses me off, but I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut and let them enjoy their athletic experiences in their own way. For example, my oldest daughter’s lacrosse team lost on Saturday, and she wanted to get ice cream afterwards. It took all my strength not to say, “You only get ice cream when you win,” which is how it was when I was growing up!)
I love football, but the sport probably wouldn’t have mattered, as long as it involved a ball and a scoreboard. It could have been lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, baseball, golf.
It’s in the DNA
My latent interest in coaching/teaching is interesting, too, because my Dad strongly considered being a teacher. He was “this close” to accepting a job offer he received when he graduated from college. Knowing my Dad, he would’ve ended up being a coach. No doubt about it. He was nuts about sports — all sports. Instead of teaching, he entered seminary and became a Lutheran minister — where he always tried to field a strong club in church-league softball. Nobody I know has ever taken church-league softball more seriously than him, much to my embarrassment at times. LOL!
I’ve gravitated toward coaching, of course — it’s part of what I do every day. But dang it, I love the unambiguous measurement of performance that comes with a scoreboard.
So, What Would You Do With a Do-Over?
Would it be different from what you’re doing now? Is it too late for you to take a do-over? Please share your comments below.