I never thought I’d be where I am today in my career. Come to think of it, there are several people I’ve encountered during my life who didn’t think I’d be here either – and they told me so.
In some ways I don’t blame them. When I went to college getting a broadcasting degree wasn’t difficult, but convincing someone to take a chance on hiring a woman who wanted to be a sports broadcaster was an obstacle.
Looking back everything fell into place just as it was supposed. Even the comment that I thought was so damning as a kid, being told I talked too much, proved to be a valuable asset.
It’s all part of the process and I’m thankful for the journey.
I recently shared those thoughts with Cletus Coffey on his Recovering Athlete podcast. Here’s what he said about our conversation:
It’s easy to see Jen Mueller on TV and think, “wow she is so lucky!”
Each fall season she is on the football sidelines rubbing elbows with and interviewing the players and coaches from the Seattle Seahawks. In the spring and summer, she is doing the same with the Seattle Mariners.
Jen has a career many sports fan would love to have.
However, what you do not see on TV was the process, the obstacles, and huge barriers she had to endure to be in the position to bring fans up close and personal with Seattle’s most popular teams.
On her journey to the sidelines she was told she wouldn’t ever make it because she wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, and that women do not belong on the football field.
She didn’t listen. Instead, she kept on talking.
Take a listen and share your story. I’d love to hear how the thing you thought was your greatest weakness turned into a huge strength. You can subscribe to the Recovering Athlete podcast right here and leave your name in the box marked “Let’s Do This!” to stay in touch with me on a regular basis.
Jen Mueller is a sports broadcaster and rockstar keynote speaker. She’s a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team and the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. Jen uses her experience in sports and professional lockerrooms as her basis for a unique take on business communication. Hire Jen to speak at your next event: Jen@TalkSportytome.com.