As I watched the Heisman trophy ceremony to select the best player in college football earlier this month, I thought about the different paths the three quarterbacks took along their college journey to become some of the best of the best in college football. The finalists included a quarterback from LSU (Joe Burrows), a quarterback from Ohio State (Justin Fields), and a quarterback from Oklahoma (Jalen Hurts). Each player had a common thread… They were all college transfers! They started at one school and ended up changing organizations to get to where they wanted to go. Joe Burrows started at Ohio State but found himself in a non-starting role, so he made the move to LSU where he became the starting quarterback and led his team to an undefeated season and SEC Championship. Justin Fields found himself in a similar role at Georgia where he was a back-up quarterback and decided to make a change to Ohio State where he led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and Big 10 Championship. Jalen Hurts was the quarterback at Alabama his freshman year leading his team to national title game only to lose in final seconds to Clemson. The following year, Jalen made it back to title game only to get benched at halftime and losing his job to another player that helped the team win the championship. The following year he remained back up and decided to transfer to the University of Oklahoma where he led the Sooners to an 11-1 season and a Big 12 championship. These players have done something special in their careers and will all be playing in college football playoffs this year for a chance to win a national title.
I remember making a change back in 2001 when I was a senior manager leading my department and felt like I had plateaued in my organization. When I joined the new organization, It felt like I was starting over with new systems, new processes, new expectations, and more importantly connecting with new people to try to earn respect as a young leader. It was hard and required long hours and being all-in as a leader.
Making a change is not easy in any role. I can’t imagine the challenges these Heisman finalists faced when changing schools. Many times it takes looking at our organization from a different perspective and digging deeper or working harder to position ourself for greatness. Sometimes it’s our alignment with company values and goals or leadership. Other times, it might be that the company is full of talent and we just need to see if we can find our lane or place to make a difference. When we realize our opportunity is limited or will take more time than we want, we need to have the courage to leave the organization to start over for a chance to have success. This is easier said than done. But there is something that will help us through this process. It’s the same thing these players had that gave them the courage to change schools for a chance at success.
One word —- belief!
When we believe in ourselves and our abilities in our career, we are more self-aware, we are more patient, and better connected to our calling. When we believe, we can dream bigger with confidence it will happen. But how do we get this belief? Let me share 3 ways for all of us in any role of our organization.
- Preparation… these Heisman finalists practiced and prepared every day. They studied the playbook and worked hard in the weight room. They showed up and worked in improving their game every day. In my role, I invested time in Toastmasters to be a better speaker, networked each week to create connections and resources, and completed certifications to continue learning and growing to be better positioned in my career. What are you doing to prepare each day.
- Calling… These Heisman finalists had courage to make a change when the opportunities weren’t available and refrained from settling for the easy path because they felt a calling to do something great. Many of us settle in our career because it’s the easy thing to do. I made a career change many years ago which required relocating from Oklahoma to Texas when I could have settled. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Are you settling in your career or do you feel a calling to do something bigger? Can you do something bigger in your current organization.
- Teamwork… these Heisman finalists all talk about the importance of “team first”. Nothing happens without the team. In fact, when Joe Burrows won the Heisman trophy, his first words were “thank you to my offensive line” for blocking for me. How powerful is that?! He also thanked the players, coaches, parents, and his home community. We are only as good as the people around us. At Armstrong, we share the importance of Unity in our DNA – We are better together! Who’s in your network – both inside company and outside helping you reach your goals? Now is a great time to reconnect, engage, and add deeper connections to build a team around you to help you achieve greatness.
In my book, Find Your Lane, I talk about the importance of having courage to change lanes when needed. Sometimes, we don’t necessarily need to change lanes, but change perspective. We need to update our career GPS to be more growth-oriented, be more purposeful in our planning, and be a sharer of resources. When we put in the work to do everything we can to get in better position, we might also need to consider changing perspective or even changing lanes to achieve greatness. I am confident it won’t be easy, but when we believe – we can be successful wherever we decide to go!
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Quote of the week: “ Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller
Call to Action: Take time this week to prepare… Think about your calling and what you want to achieve in the new year… They start listing different people to be part of your team. Reach out, and ask them to be on the journey with you… They will be glad you asked and so will you! Happy New Year and best wishes in 2020. I look forward to celebrating with you along the way!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “do you believe” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my 5-year Leadership Journal “Milemarkers” available on amazon.