Years ago, someone came to me seeking encouragement to not give up his sports broadcasting dream. He was five years out of college, doing high school play-by-play on a small AM/FM combo in the Midwest. He thought for sure he’d be broadcasting college sports by this time. His parents and his new bride were suggesting he consider a career where he could earn more money.
This is the advice I gave him . . .
Life and careers rarely unfold on our desired timelines.
Opportunity will present itself. The key is to be ready when it does. That includes building a network of relationships within the industry — folks you can help in some way who, in turn, will want to help you.
Opportunity is likely to present itself faster when you seek it rather than wait for it. Contact friends in the industry to discover where unpublicized opportunities might be.
We reap what we sow. Where you are today in your career is a reflection of past behavior. Where you are tomorrow will be the result of decisions you make today.
Few people face truly unique challenges in building a sportscasting career. Everyone starts in a small market. Everyone struggles at times to pay the bills. Everyone has felt overworked and under-appreciated. Some folks overcome. Others crumble.
We’re all dealt the same hand. How you choose to play it will make the difference.