Hard work, determination and dedication are words that sound nice but they don’t lead to success.
They’re part of the equation, but they’re not the most important part they’re just the part the makes us feel good about ourselves. I mean, who’s to say whether we’re actually working hard? And what does it even mean to work hard? Does it mean you’re working harder than the person competing for your job? Or does it mean you’re just working harder than you’d like to be?
Stop trying to measure your efforts in words that can’t actually be quantified. Stop fooling yourself into thinking that determination gets you to where you want to be in your career. That’s not how it works.
Start being strategic about how you approach your career.
It’s one of the topics I cover in the new video series “Mentorship Moments with Jen Mueller.” I get asked a lot of questions about how I ended up in sports broadcasting and how I ended up on the Seahawks sideline as part of their radio broadcast. Yes, I worked hard. Yes, I was dedicated to getting better. And yes, I was determined to take advantage of my opportunities.
But before I was any of those things – I was strategic in how I approached my career.
Take a look and let me know how you plan to be strategic in your career.
Here’s another way you can be strategic – by planning your small talk around sports talk. The 2019 Sports Calendar available on the website makes it easy to know which sports are in season and key dates you should know. Download it here.
New isn’t always better which is why our weekly sports conversations are back in their old format.
The template got a refresh, but the information is just as useful as ever.
In fact, there’s more than enough information to build your sports knowledge base and have something to talk about with sports-loving colleagues at work.
Here’s the one thing I want you think about differently – think of these topics as a weekly challenge. How many of them can you fit into small talk at work? Which colleagues are already talking about these topics making it easier for you to jump in?
It’s like when someone says, “You have a cool job.” I know the correct answer is, “Yes, I do.” But to me it’s my job.
The same is true when I’m asked to share the story of how to got to where I am in my career. I don’t think there’s much of a story to tell. The way I see it, I worked my way up and I was stubborn (and maybe naive) enough that I didn’t believe the people who told me I wouldn’t make it.
Of course there’s a little more to the story. The twists and turns get revealed in interviews like the one I did recently as a guest on the Debcast. The podcasts explores what it’s like to be an athletic girl with guts and I was honored to be a featured guest.
If you know a young lady considering a career in sports broadcasting the stories told in this episode will be helpful. I don’t consider myself a trail blazer, but realize looking back there weren’t a lot of women I could pattern my career off of when I was starting out. I’m glad the landscape as changed and proud to tell my story.