There’s a saying ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. There are two things wrong with this.
One, it’s not true unless the ones moving quickly make a mistake. That’s not you being in control, that’s them f***ing up.
Two, it’s a saying that was invented at some point before the internet when careers for life were still a thing.
It’s a saying that came to mind as we were heading off for a day @Big Bash cricket.
Why do people love Big Bash?
Personally I think it's because there are more ‘results’, there’s more of a chance to get involved and be part of the team hype, and it’s just more fun.
The ODI's (One Day International Cricket. Yes, I acronym everything) is a more exclusive crowd, a more discerning fan. Or people go along and the game itself is only part of the experience, not necessarily the reason to go.
But Test/ODI cricket is more tactical, it is more ‘slow and steady’, there are tactics and politics and ‘safe play’. For non-fans it can fall into that Darts, Golf, Snooker watching category I’m afraid (unless of course England and Australia are going head to head in the final day decider).
But, does Test cricket involve more skill or different skills? It’s a bit like Rugby and 7’s – why are Fiji so dominant in 7’s, but not even in the top 10 list of Test teams?
Anyway, back to my point.
Big Bash is about energy, passion, noise. Make a decision and go for it. Do it. Take Chances. Have fun. Get results. Smash it.
Can we apply that theory to our careers?
Will 2016 be a Test or Big Bash for you?
There are merits in both, which approach will you take?
5 year plans are still worth considering, but I can pretty much guarantee they’ll change along the way. Even the big boys aren’t writing anything past a 12 month plan anymore. However, you need to know where you’re heading so you can navigate the jungle gym to get there.
Can we combine that with a Big Bash approach?
You've got your big goal. But it’s 1st January and you’re on.
It’s your turn to bat.
Are you going to help someone else win and be a silent hero, or are you going to go for it and get as many results as you can, for yourself?
It’s still a team sport in most cases, but don’t coast along on someone else’s coat tails. And don’t let someone else take all the glory.
It’s your career.
Give it a big bash and see what happens.
As long as your goals make sense and you don’t burn any bridges you can always have another innings if your first bash doesn’t go exactly as planned.
- Be a team player but make sure you’re hitting as many runs as you can personally.
- Give it your best shot.
- Get results.
- Most of all, have fun.
And if you want to wear a curly pink wig while you’re doing it…
...actually probably not the best idea ;)
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