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Bust a Gut |

Bust a Gut |

I discuss playing the game harder and going for the win.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.


This one comes from the sports pages and it is the notion of busting a gut, putting yourself online all the time. Not taking any shortcuts and doing all the preparatory work so that you're ready for those important moments.

I'm reminded of this by last night’s Dodgers-Mets game. Chase Uttley. Tough slide. Some call it dirty. I'm not to categorize it. I did not watch the game last night. I’ve seen the video. I don't know the context. Yada yada yada I’ll just simply say there was a moment in that game where if Uttley were unprepared, if he did not put his body out there 2 take out the shortstop with a tough slide, there would’ve been a different outcome to the game.

In football, you may see moments where a wide receiver ladies out to catch a pass. That is, they through their body out there to make a big play. Outfielders catch a fly ball. They stretch out everything they’ve got. They leave the ground. They throw themselves out there for that one moment. It's taken preparation to be able to do that. This is not just something that happens automatically. This is something that people prepare a lifetime for.

For you as a job hunter, you gotta get out there and bust a gut. Busting a gut. It's not about flailing around and doing all sorts of ridiculous things. It's about doing all the preparatory work to get yourself ready for this important moment so that you're ready, so that you are prepared to take action and just the moment that they ask that question, you smile to yourself and know you are ready for this one. I’ve got the homework done so I can deliver the message perfectly.

When you are job hunting, and you meat that one person who could make all the difference to you and help you land that next job and make it easy for you instead of hard, that you know how to smile and engage with them at just that right way.

This is what I'm talking about with “busting a gut.” It is that those Derek Jeter moments, all those great defensive plays were key just puts his body out there . . . Like the famous one against the A’s where he comes out of nowhere to catch and parent throw and just do a little flip tallest to a catcher who tags out a runner . . . This is the work of champions. This is the result of the homework that they do that makes them stand out so, when you see them on the field, you can idolize them as heroes or boo them as villains.

You can do the same thing for yourself. You can to all that work so that you are ready for those moments. It doesn't in when you find a job. There is more work that can be done afterwards and yes, you’ll have a job to do and you will have homework to do to manage your career.

But at the end of the day, it is better to be ready for these moments than to watch them pass you by.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what 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 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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