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Sports analogies take the lead in this episode as Isaac and T.K. draw a comparison between baseball and career.
Baseball Fan and Crushing It
My two brothers and I are lifelong Boston Red Sox fans. Yes, we’re pumped for the 4th world title this century. My younger brother Ethan, though, also happens to be a young professional in his first job, a data analyst with the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s his second year at the job, and he loves it and has been diving deep to do great work. Naturally, getting immersed in the job, he’s come to root for his new team and company, the Brewers. You guys speak often about the benefits of going all in at your job, to leverage growth, fulfillment, and other opportunities.
Here’s the thing: the Brewers were 1 game away from playing the Red Sox in the World Series this year. IF the Brewers had made it, how could Ethan have reconciled this conflict of sports allegiance? In this situation, is there not a duty to root for your hometown team that you have loved your entire life? ; )
Even back in July, Ethan told my older brother and me that he would definitely root for the Brewers if they were to meet the Sox in October. My older brother was appalled by this shift of dedication. While I was surprised as well and initially sided with the elder brother, I then defended my younger brother, noting the importance of crushing your job. Also, Paul Pierce grew up a Lakers fan only to become a Celtics all-time great.
Might it be different though, if you are only an employee outside of the playing field itself?
Stockton and Malone type question
What do you think is the greatest strength or quality of your co-host?
I don’t want to be pigeonholed by my interests
I had a meeting with my boss’ boss today to ask what skills I would need to develop in order to progress in my career. He asked me to be clear about what direction I want to go in, and I’m just not sure, would it be worth looking at what I love and enjoy in my current role and map that to a future one? Or let the opportunities that arise be my decider? I don’t want to pigeonhole myself and miss something that I would enjoy.
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