The Hand That Gives, Gathers

After graduating from college and starting my journey in the coaching profession, I coached at five different schools in three states.  I was told that if you want to “make it” as a football coach you had to move.

At the fifth school, I got off the coaching carousel.  2020-02-13 by what we giveMy focus turned to being great at the job I had; investing in players, building teams, and studying the game. I looked for opportunities to contribute, to help others succeed rather than pursuing the “next great job.”

Asking myself the same thing my coaches asked of me when I played, I challenged myself to put the good of the team, my players, and fellow coaches ahead of my own interests. In doing so, I found more opportunities for success than I ever could have dreamed of. Both professionally and personally mentors, friends, and family invested in me and in turn created opportunities for me to invest in others.

If you have a good job, work every day to be great at it, to contribute to the team and to the betterment of others. Give of yourself freely and realize the lesson contained in the maxim, “the hand that gives, gathers…”

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