Want new career opportunities? Accept this challenge


Running STAA is a lot like being a bar tender.

For whatever reason, many people are comfortable sharing their career and life challenges with me. I appreciate their trust in me; they know that anything they say to me stays with me.

glass-half-empty

The reason I share this is because many of the sportscasters I talk to are “glass half empty” guys. If they would simply flip their perspective and be grateful for what they DO have, new opportunities would start to come their way.

Frustrated in your job?

Be grateful that you have a job to go to every day. I’ve made $22,000 per year and I’ve been unemployed. $22,000 was much more enjoyable.

Is it sometimes hard to get excited to go to work?

Be grateful that you get to paid to attend games you would want to be attending anyway. When I was earning $22,000 per year, many of my friends from Kansas State University were earning twice as much. Several of them, though, didn’t enjoy their jobs. They always asked me about my career – who I had seen in the Chargers press box that Sunday, or what Junior Seau and Tony Gwynn were like in person. What my career didn’t pay me in money it compensated for with enjoyment and enthusiasm.

Frustrated that you’ve been unable to take the next step in your career?

Be grateful that every day in your current job is an opportunity to grow. When I was working as a weekend sports talk host in San Diego, I applied for a full-time job in Phoenix. I felt I had a great chance at landing the position. Ultimately, I didn’t get the gig because I wasn’t yet ready. I continued honing my craft and, the next year, was hired by ESPN Radio Network.

Disappointed that you didn’t get the job for which you interviewed?

Be grateful that you are now squarely on that employer’s radar. It may lead to a better opportunity. When Geoff Haxton finished runner-up for the play-by-play job at the University of Toledo last Spring, he could have thought “woe is me.” Instead, he told friends how grateful he was to get to know Tom Boman, the person in charge of hiring for Learfield Sports, during the process. Weeks later, when the men’s basketball job at Texas Tech opened, Boman hired Haxton.

There is no such thing as the perfect job. Don’t dwell on the things you don’t like about your career, be grateful for all the positives.

Here’s my challenge to you:

Every day for the next 90 days, express gratitude for your career. Either speak it or write it down. After that, the change in your mindset will become permanent. When it does, it will open new doors in your career.