I'm on a little bit of a Dave Grohl kick - as evidenced by this post I did with a money quote from Grohl that really nails how people become world-class at anything (get your first instruments, start practicing your craft and suck, but keep coming back because you're having fun, etc.)
"What Was the First Day of the Rest of Your Professional Life?"
Not following me? Check out the following clip from Grohl at SXSW where he did a keynote (thanks to multiple readers who sent me the link to this) - I've set it to the point where he talks about the first day of the rest of his life. Click here to listen to the story - it involves a puck rock relative and a trip to Chicago. I start it at 14:05, listen to at least 16:40 to hear the reference.
The first day of the rest of your life. What does that mean? It means what was the inflexion point in your life where you found purpose and challenge that would define who you are for the rest of your life?
What was the first day of the rest of my professional life? I think there are two:
1. I was a sophomore in high school and took a roadtrip with some juniors and seniors from our small town to the University of Missouri to play basketball for a weekend - pickup, ragtag hoops in the on-campus rec center. Figured out I could hang at a young age, and that cemented a work ethic that would allow me to chase hoops in a way that resulted in playing college baskeball on full scholarship, but more importantly gave me the abilty to chase things I really believe in with a singular, dogged focus. Almost OC in some ways. It's served me well as a transferable skill, but that's the first time I found it - after that day.
2. I was living in St. Louis as a 29-year old and trying to get back to the Southeast and in networking with some BellSouth Executives they said the following: "Kris, we don't have anything we can put you in within Marketing, but we've got this HR Manager spot. You used to be a college basketball coach, right? Why don't you try that?"
DING. It was the first day of the rest of my professional life. I have to say the ride has been fun, and I can't imagine myself doing anything else.
What was the first day of the rest of the your professional life? Hit me in the comments (or in email as many do) and tell me when it all changed for you.