I’m thinking about the young baseball enthusiast with a passion for the game, but no formal training. Let’s say that he wants to be a pitcher. He may be a natural – but, odds are, even though he has a deep love of the game, possesses a high level of skill, and an insatiable hunger to play, it will most likely require a lot of work and hours of learning (combined with extra effort) to garner the attention of the pro scouts and eventually make it to the major leagues.
Let’s say that same young man makes it into the farm system and eventually gets called up. He still must work for the position he desires and work to maintain that position. Maybe the coaches love him – maybe they don’t. Maybe they’re not sure how they feel about him and are looking to him to help them make up their minds. Whatever the situation – it is his opportunity to prove what he can do there.
I don’t claim to know exactly what determines it – but I have noticed that some rookies can do all that they’ve been taught, go the extra mile and give 100% of their efforts, yet just can’t seem to do anything right within one club’s system, but as soon as they are traded to another team…they light up the field with their ability and become a contributing factor to that team’s success – even becoming that organization’s stand-out player! Sometimes, it is either just a good fit – or it’s not.
Maybe you are experiencing this within your current role on the job or within your profession. You have the training, the education, the skills or the talent, but even though you’ve done all you can to learn and you’ve given 100% and tried to be a team player – no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to perform to the level or standard required by those over you. Why not take a look around for a new team? It may not be a lack of skill or ability – it may just not be a good fit for all involved where you currently are. Instead, look for a team that is able to see your potential and appreciate your hunger and desire to contribute. Once given the opportunity to perform, ask for whatever help you know you need. If it is a good fit – the tools should be supplied you immediately upon request. And when they are, determine to use them to do your best for the team.
Always remember, there is no shame in having the passion without having the tools. The shame is in refusing the tools when offered – while continuing to blame everyone else for your poor performance. The right team provides a good fit with the necessary help, instruction and support for your work, while pushing you to be even more than you thought possible, so that you can achieve your dreams.
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