Why I’m Blowing Up My Longest Held Career Goal

When I was around the tender age of 20, I plunged myself completely into the world of football, and the pursuit of a full-time, university-level head coaching position.

Back then, I had just become the video coordinator for the McGill Redmen football program. Generally speaking, my life was going through a huge upswing: my marks in class were improving, I was dating this really awesome young woman, and my side hobby of house music DJing was picking up steam. Many things in my life, at least during this brief moment in time, were looking up!

After several difficult semesters in university that saw my marks fall precipitously from the kinds of grades I’d been used to as a high school student, my attention shifted from aiming to become a doctor (still the quintessential goal of many research university science students) to becoming a paid football pro.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this career goal made absolutely no sense whatsoever! At first glance, going from seeking a job title of “doctor” to “university head football coach” may seem fairly simple, especially when you’re just in your early 20’s. However, there is a very significant difference in how one goes about attaining these roles.

These next two statements won’t surprise anyone. A doctor typically goes through many years of university-level education and practicum training before becoming a qualified, regulated professional and member of an order of physicians. A university football coach is chosen by – mostly based on their experience and how they present themselves in an interview – an academic institution to lead its football program.

What makes these two pathways so different? To me, it’s not the obvious difference in education. It’s the words “is chosen by,” in the case of the university football coach, that puts this career goal – by definition – outside of the locus of control of the individual. Put another way: it is for someone else to decide if you are a university head coach, not you.

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The Future of This Blog

As you can see, I have had my ups and downs as far as consistency goes with this information space. I really enjoy blogging, mainly because I really enjoy writing. Being a solid writer alone, though, is not enough to stand out in the blog universe – there are many great writers out there on the internet these days!

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I see one hot streak…followed by an Ice Age of cold…

A great blog reaches people. It touches them in some way. It helps to solve their problems, or feed their curiosity to learn more about a given topic. Every so often, I produce something on this site that checks off one of these boxes, but I’ve never really found a consistent theme to touch on.

Over the last several months, I’ve dived head-first into the world of personal development. I’ve looked for answers to some of the big questions of my life, and have found a lot of “share-worthy” material out there. There isn’t a day that goes by where I do not  commit myself to improving in at least one area of my life. Often times, these changes are small and hard to see at first, such as being more aware of my body language or my voice, improving my presence around others, or perfecting my morning routine. Sometimes I try to consciously rebuild a relationship that has withered, or has simply become a priority through deliberate appreciation of the bond that I share with that person. These kinds of thoughts and actions have dominated my head as of late, as I work to maximize all of my best individual characteristics.

This blog should be of some sort of help to others. It should give them something to learn from, relate to, laugh at, reflect on, etc. It should continue to be a reflection of my own life, so that it remains authentic and honest. Here is some of what’s in store for this blog going forward:

Consolidation of topics

From here on in, A Little Bird Told Me…will focus on only a handful of core subjects. These will include coaching insights and experiential learning for personal growth, personal finance as told by my own individual quest for early financial independence, as well as the odd thought and musing type of post that will usually end up as some kind of commentary based on current events. All of these posts will aim to add value to the readership of the blog – this space will remain fluff-free!

Regular, reliable, once per week posts

This has always been a difficult thing for me. I have come and gone as a writer, hitting the odd hot streak in the midst of (often very regular) cold ones. This is likely due to a lack of planning on my part. By putting more time and energy into planning, researching, and developing different post topics, I believe that a more regular writing schedule can be maintained.

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This Blog Kinda Sucks, Now Please Help Me Fix It!

Tonight, I’m writing this post with my mind stuck in a frantic, energetic gear, a real sense of urgency keeping my keyboard humming. Once again, a long pause has come and gone between my last post, and finally I feel moved enough to return to my little place on the internet.

For much of the last few months, I have been working on one thing incessantly: myself. OK, that sounds really selfish, right? It’s still a pretty honest assessment of my thoughts and actions of late. The voice of the great Jim Rohn fills my studio apartment most days of the week, and the words of Robin Sharma are being read once again. Napolean Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich has received its first reading from me, and I can say with confidence that we will cross paths again many times throughout the years ahead. Honestly, there are a lot of great things going on in my life, but unfortunately, this blog isn’t really one of them. Sometimes, it kinda sucks! I want that to change.

I want this blog to be meaningful to more than just a handful of people who already know me well. While I dearly appreciate all the people in my life who have taken some time at one point or another to check out my writing, I want my reach to go further. This blog must be a place that helps more than just a few. It does not have to attract or help everyone, or even most, but it needs to be able to look more people deeply in the eye and deliver a message worth reading.

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