I have to admit that I am glad the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. It has been a tough here in Greater Boston since the Boston Marathon. Boston is a sports town. Sports teach many lessons. Win or lose, there is something to be gained for the event. Fortunately, for job searchers in Red Sox Nation the lesson was learned with a win.
Never give up—anything can happen. No matter how hard it is, how frustrated you are, and what other people say, keep on trying. If the Red Sox can go from worst to first, you can achieve your goals. You can do it if you believe you can. Once you stop believing, your luck will start running out. It takes hard work and determination, but it can be done. If things are going the way you want, look at what you are doing and make necessary adjustments.
You don’t have to go it alone—the Red Sox won as a team. Everyone helped win. No one person did it alone. It took everyone from the infield, outfield, pitchers, catchers, coaches, managers, medical staff, and, yes, even the guy who washed the uniforms after every game. You don’t have to go it alone either. You can receive help from others to push you out of your comfort zone to accomplish what you never thought you could. Allow the encouragement from your pep squad, the support you get will help you get over the rough times.
Practice, practice, practice—no matter how skilled you think you are, you can always benefit with more practice. Players took batting practice, pitcher pitched; they all threw and caught balls even though they are major league ball players. The players learned these fundamentals in little league but still they practice. It builds confidence. The more you practice answering interview questions, the better you will be at answering them. It is especially true with activities you are uncomfortable with. For you, it might be networking, or making cold calls, or follow up calls. Whatever you shy away from, practice makes it easier.
In addition to the three lessons above, the win by the Red Sox gave job searchers in Red Sox Nation a fantastic gift. The players gave them something to be happy about. They gave them a brief respite from the stress and anxieties. From the win to the rolling rally on Saturday morning, people are celebrating the win with smiles, high fives, and reliving moments of the game. They are celebrating the win with chants of “we won!” Although they sat watching the game with family and friends, they have embraced the victory as their own. A win is a win. It is something to enjoy and be happy about. That is the best part of the win for the job searchers in Red Sox Nation.
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