It’s that time of year again when our teams have just finished their seasons, but we are nevertheless already reading about who’s coming into the starting line-up in the fall, what talent clubs are looking out for and who is brave enough to hit the reset button and restart their career at a new club, with a new coach and/or new teammates and in a new city.
I’ve had my own experience of being in this transfer window… re-evaluating my career, looking at what can make me better, bolder, more focused. The Talent Carousel email popped into my inbox last summer: a two-year development program that offers a unique combination of cross-functional, cross-cultural exposure, experience and support within the adidas Group.
Hockey is my passion and a huge part of my professional life with the Reebok-CCM Hockey division, so I listened to the great Wayne Gretzky’s advice, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,’ and took them all at once, moving job, house and family from Montreal, Canada to adidas Group HQ in Germany.
The very act of going through the move has helped me prioritize what’s important. And I don’t just mean what “stuff” we would take with us.
It made me re-evaluate what ties me to my place of origin, what I would miss and what I was actually glad to leave behind. It definitely reinforced my life values and made me a better person, a better husband and a better father. I know it’s a bold statement, but only by realizing what is truly important in life for me am I more focused.
From time to time changes make you re-evaluate your life and look at certain things from a different perspective.
‘There is no growth in comfort. But there is no comfort in growth.’
I realize now that I was very comfortable in my life in general and became unconsciously lazy. On the professional side, I ended up carving a pattern and repeating it constantly in different ways to bring products to market. Humans are creatures of habit. Because it’s safe. We’re all guilty of it. Being able to foresee (or rather predict!) the outcome was very reassuring for me. But not this time. Trust me, I tried to project myself and plan everything in preparation for my new challenge.
But I had to accept not having all the answers. It’s scary, but it’s also very exciting.
Learning a new language makes me feel like I’m seven years old all over again. I feel exposed, vulnerable… that is a very humbling experience and it’s transforming me.
So as the summer transfer window talk heats up, think about your own career. You can either jump on the carousel or watch it spin around without you.
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