Finding A Way To Win

My beloved Michigan State Spartans lost to Michigan in basketball last night. I expected it to happen, actually. As much talent as the team has, they’ve been unable to put it to use this season. Missed shots, sloppy defense and a never ending stream of distractions have taken their toll.

I think a lot of people looking for work can identify with how the Spartans must feel. They know they have great skills, they remember previous successes…a time when they were the star…and yet they are stuck in a bad place in terms of accomplishing their goals. Their true talents aren’t shining through. They are losing when they could and should be winning.

What makes the Spartans different than many job seekers is they will continue to work through their struggles two times a week, center court. They must deal with their shortcomings head on and make immediate and continuous adjustments. My boys in green don’t have the option to avoid playing the game until they feel they are perfect again. They can’t hide from scheduled opponents and the audiences that come with them. There is no changing the teams they will face, substituting powerhouses for weaker programs. In the end, I think this will result in a faster solution. Just like many in Spartan Nation, I fully expect this team to find its legs in time for the NCAA Tournament.  When they solve enough of their problems to actually have fun when they play again…LOOK OUT!

Those looking for work might want to consider the benefits of keeping yourselves in front of audiences and aggressive opponents as you struggle to find your groove. It’s easy to slow down and hesitate once you’ve suffered a loss or setback. The temptation to wait until you’ve figured out all that you’ve done wrong and how to avoid a repeat before moving forward is overwhelming. Giving into that temptation just might be adding months, if not years, to realizing what corrective action needs to be taken.

By the way… GO STATE!


  • Cindy Kraft says:

    Another thing they have, Lisa, is an outside perspective. A coach. An experienced advisor who can look objectively and guide them in making corrections, tweaks, improvements. Job seekers can benefit from an objective and trusted guide, too!

  • Lisa says:

    Cindy, thanks for making that point. So true.

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