In professional football, this weekend is the time when men learn whether their dreams can go on, whether they are put on hold temporarily or extinguished.

Team rosters will be reduced from 90 to 53.

There are some who will experience exhilaration. The maximum effort awarded a slot on the roster. There are some who will be sent home, hoping for a phone call from another team and another chance.

Then, there is some are just sent home who learn that those years of effort are not needed or wanted from anyone anymore. They fought hard for many years, through peewee football, high school football, college football and now a professional football training camp. Some of them may have even played for several seasons and are watching their time come to an end.

Dave given their best effort. It wasn’t enough. They can walk out the door, sad, disappointed, yet proud of everything that they’ve done. They’ve given everything they have.

If something like this ever happens to you, you want to always have given your best and sustained that effort. As Tom brain he pointed out to say Saquon Barkley, it’s one thing to be great for a year. It is something very different to do it for 10 or 20 years as he is done.

“Which will it be for you?”

So, which will it be for you? You have a good day, week, month, year? Did you have a good five years or 10 years? Did you maximum effort throughout your career or were you half in and the other half out most of the time?

A person who gives peak effort half the time averages out to a 50% performance.

Making the cut every day gives us a sense of pride and purpose. Allowing yourself to be used as a tool for work you don’t want to do or are not interested in, turns you into, at best, a 50% kind of person.

This weekend, manual walk out of the locker room for the last time, their possessions in big garbage bags, and walked to their cars, no longer a member of that team. It is like many who lose their jobs that they take that final walk. At least they know they gave their best effort and it wasn’t enough.

Will you?


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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