Everyone has a unique story to tell. Stories that are formed through good times in our lives and in times of horrible sorrow or painful setbacks.
But these stories are incredible learning tools for many young people and provide such comfort for others knowing that they are not alone in their journey.
The past few years, I have spent all of my free time mentoring career seekers who are trying to enter the sports industry for the first time. Either right out of school or they are completely pivoting their life's to follow their dreams, passion and reengineer their careers.
Each conversation I have and there are dozens each week with career seekers, I have found their goals to be the similar. However, personal challenges, skills and interests are vastly different regardless if you are just starting or starting over.
What I also have found with the experienced professionals who are pivoting careers and have done a self audit on their life, is that they mostly hate what they do for a living and are getting up each day unfulfilled.
Many of these folks started in sports early on in their career but were turned off by the industry too quickly by being in the wrong position with no training, or had a horrible boss and the incredibly long hours paid very little or straight commission. Most times expectations and the illusion of the industry is very different than the reality.
So they left those entry level sports jobs and went on with their lives and a new career path. Ones that have a nice salaries, big job title, plenty of time off, normal hours, marriage, kids, mortgage and all the things that you think you are suppose to have in life. All the while those are all great parts of your life, but most times you will be left with regret if you don't follow your passion and love what you do for a career.
It's safe to estimate, 9 out of 10 times you will figure out what you don't want to do before you discover what you love doing. Helping people figuring this out, is one of the reasons why I wrote a book. Along with putting the tips, tools and steps in a book that provides a career playbook but also inspires people with my story.
Circumstances for each career seekers are vastly different. Although the suggested strategy might be similar as everyone has a completed different story. That is actually my favorite and the most interesting part being a career mentor.
I love learning the unique individual stories, career aspirations and getting to define solutions and tactics to help help build a road map. Getting that first job is not as important as figuring out what you really love to do that has purpose. That's where a job turns into a long career.
Never did I think I would write a book, period. Let alone a book mentoring career seekers. I imagined my first book would be about all the crazy stories and interesting characters I met over the years. The business start ups, the many start overs and the magical moments working for the mouse house.
Perhaps I will save those stories for another time.