Keep Running and Don’t Drop The Ball

13 Apr

Reggie Bush at USC  

New Orleans Saints’ Reggie Bush at USC doing what he loves (and before he hooked up with Kim)

That’s one heck of a jump!

In high school, I tried out for the football team.  Well…actually, I never got past the first day of conditioning.  Ok…the first thirty minutes of conditioning.  ALRIGHT…I didn’t even know what conditioning was…until I got out on the field…  

You see, I wanted to play football based on the stories my dad told me about his glory days in high school.  He was a star player…the Reggie Bush of Thomas Jefferson High School…and to this day, he loves the game. He displayed his love for the game on the field. His passion for football overshadowed all the grueling prep work that made him a local football celebrity.  I, on the other hand, shuffled out on the field in my purple outfit (hey…it was the 90s) and had no idea what I was getting into.

And yes…I lasted 30 minutes.  In that short time, I saw my life flash before my eyes – twice. When my mom came back to pick me up, she said that my skin had turned grey.  That night when we picked my dad up from work, he asked me how things went.  I told him “I quit.”  After laughing at me, he said that he knew I wasn’t going to last.  To avoid getting offended, I asked him “how is that?”  To which he responded, “because you don’t love the game.”  He was right.  I liked to watch football, but would never be a Reggie Bush. Don’t get me wrong, I hope to someday ink a multi-million dollar deal…but it won’t be to take the Saints to the Super Bowl.  That day, my dad set out to help me find what I loved to do and helped me make money doing it.

Just like any other form of practice, conditioning or discipline, football practice was grueling work.  So is running with your vision.  Or starting a business.  Any form of entrepreneurship, if you’re not used to it, will drive you crazy.  It takes commitment to put in sixteen to twenty hour days to get a business venture off of the ground.  You’re either committed, called or crazy.  And sometimes, it can feel like all three at once.

Just like in football, you have to keep running.  And make sure not to drop the ball.  When you get tired of running with the ball, don’t stop.  Pass it to someone else who’s wide open.  When you start a new venture, get the ball rolling.  Then find someone else who can keep it going – keep it rolling.  Your vision will grow incrementally when people join your mission.  But it grows exponentially when groups join your mission.  

Whether you’re a visionary leader, small business owner or a person who wants to start a new career, hold on to your vision.  And when the time is right, pass the ball to the right person who can continue running.

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5 Responses to “Keep Running and Don’t Drop The Ball”

  1. A.B Miller highschool #62 Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 2:45 PM #

    heck of a jump.


  2. anointedvessel Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 11:49 PM #

    Hey maybe they need to hire you to assist the RedSkins I am so sad by their performance this season but loyal to the bitter end. God Redskins!!!!!!!

    Ya Ya

    ps. check your old AOL e-mail left you a message to pass on to your better half!


  3. Demita Friday, 17 April 2009 at 12:07 PM #

    Thomas thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the message. This writing says a lot about life itself.



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