Let’s face it: retiring from your favorite sport to enter “real world” business is one of the hardest transition a sports lover can make. From teammates to colleagues … practices to meetings … games to presentations … trophies to performances reviews … coaches to managers … the list goes on. It’s impossible to fully replace the rush of competing through moving up the corporate ladder – but there IS a way to do both. You actually can work and feel the rush at the same time.
From pickup games to picking teams
I’ve been playing basketball all my life. Even after retiring from organized play, I continued participating in city leagues, work leagues, pickup games – really anything that simulated the rush of high-level hoops competition. I thought this was the best way to maintain my relationship with the game … but I was wrong.
It wasn’t until I was asked to coach in my spare time outside of work that I really learned what it means to stay connected to the sport you love.
You can’t truly be an expert at anything until you experience it from different perspectives. That’s what the transition from player to coach does – it allows you to expand your sport horizon into places you never considered.
Personal growth through team development
What better way to stay connected to your sport than to cultivate its growth for future generations? I’ve played in championships; I’ve had teammates who were more like family; I’ve traveled up and down the coast playing basketball – but I haven’t felt as close to the game as I did when I was teaching my fifth graders how to dribble through their legs or how to defend against the pick-and-roll.
You don’t ever have to retire from your favorite sport. If you can find an opportunity to coach, you’ll rediscover the same rush in an entirely new way.