The Importance of Work Ethic in Sports

Work Ethic

In a highly competitive industry like sports, if you want to succeed you have to differentiate yourself, with such as a good work ethic in sports.

Everyone is passionate, that’s not enough. As Cary discusses here, a strong work ethic can be tough to find, so if you’re someone who has a strong work ethic, it can be an excellent way to differentiate yourself from the pack.

One thing that concerns me is 10 years ago if we had a group of people and we said ok we’re gonna see who can sell the most tickets for the upcoming Tiger-Cats Game, we would say there’s an incentive and it’s $50 and whoever sells the most tickets gets $50. Used to happen a lot, teams would do that.

Now that works less than if the prize is Friday off. Your generation wants Friday off, 10 years ago they wanted $50. Problem, problem, problem, red flag.

Now by the way, I’m talking about the sports industry, I can’t talk about everywhere in the world. You guys may think that’s good, but red flag. Why? What’s the problem? The big incentive is Friday off. Can I please get Friday off? Whoever sells the most tickets Monday to Thursday gets Friday off. I hate that promotion. Why?

{Voice from Crowd} “It’s bad Work ethic”

…If you’re looking for the day off, there’s opportunities to do that but not if you want to be an entrepreneur.”

Yeah. The trick to being an entrepreneur and there’s some big mistakes coming that I’m going to tell you about too, but the number two most important thing career wise, entrepreneur or not, for sure if you want to have your own business, is you got to work Friday and Saturday. Like do you want it or you don’t want it? If you’re looking for the day off, there’s opportunities to do that but not if you want to be an entrepreneur. If that’s so important to you, wrong field. That’s not cool. Like I really want to get Friday off.

…You’re going to spend a hundred thousand hours of your life working, you guys can do the math. It’s probably a little higher than that. A hundred thousand hours. So it’s kinda good if you like it.”

I get it, you should want to have more fun with friends and family than you do at work, for sure. And there needs to be a balance, and being a workaholic is bad, but it’s gone too far the other way. The shift’s wrong. You’re going to spend a hundred thousand hours of your life working, you guys can do the math. It’s probably a little higher than that. A hundred thousand hours. So it’s kinda good if you like it.

So work ethic is an issue for a lot of people. So here’s what’s good. It’s harder to find people with really good work ethic. 10 years ago it was easier to find, now it’s harder to find, so if you have it, if you’re the person who wants the $50. I don’t care what the incentive is, but Friday off shouldn’t be the thing you want.

…if you want to do something you like doing, you gotta commit to it.”

You guys are sitting in a sports conference, so you’re spending your day today and my assumption is part of the reason is you want to do something you like doing. And if you want to do something you like doing, you gotta commit to it.

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