Sunday, October 28, 2018

What's important?

I've had a lot of jobs over the years. I have worked in a gas station, been a bouncer, worked in an athletic equipment room, delivered pizza ( a bunch), I was a helper on a construction crew (pretty much all that I was qualified to do), cleared land (bunch of that one), and coached football in a bunch of places. I never made much money, in fact when I was coaching football in North Carolina, I was the defensive line coach, strength coach, and was in charge of cutting all the football fields and the maintenance and painting of the fields. The most money that I made at that job was 560 dollars a month. And I loved it. 

I liked the guys that I worked with (sans the head coach), and I loved the fact that I could hunt before work and hang out in the woods and swim in the river a few miles away. And I had a job offer at a big time university one year, and I turned it down because I couldn't take my dog with me and my workouts maybe would suffer and I would miss my friends. 

I figured out a long time ago that money is needed to do some things like eat and of course, hunt, and for dog food, but if you hate the people that you work with, and you have a boss just hanging over you and you can't do the things that you really love, that money doesn't matter one bit. 

It's hard for people to understand, they think that I am nuts when I tell them that I'd rather be happy than rich or that I will stay at a job for things like training, friends and hunting. Like right now, I am an hour from my buddy Steve's farm where we train dogs and hunt. It'd be tough to go anywhere if given the opportunity, because Steve is my buddy and I like to hunt and train dogs. And I love going to work, because I work with my friends. So it'd be tough to leave because of that fact, too. Actually, I wouldn't go anywhere because of those things right there. And my parents are two hours away. I know I listed my parents after hunting and dogs but I do love them first.

 Damn, I have been so broke before that I remember writing in a notebook, NEVER FORGET HOW BROKE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, but I made it through it, and I loved my job so much that I was smiling everyday. Up until about ten years ago, I never bought a vehicle in my name, because I didn't make enough money to not have someone cosign. So what?  I coached in a freaking National Championship. That's better than money right there. A whole lot better.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.