Don’t Tebow Yourself

The old saying “Pride goeth before the fall” helps remind us that we should be careful not to be too proud and overconfident.  Misplaced or ill-timed pride causes us to make mistakes that ultimately lead to our defeat or downfall. This isn’t the “take pride in what you do” kind of pride; but the “You can’t tell me anything…I got this…I’m too good for that…My stuff don’t stink” kind of pride.

New York Giants Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette StadiumRemember Tim Tebow?

  • Heisman-Winning Quarterback
  • 2-time National Champion at the University of Florida
  • Poster boy for good behavior
  • Ex-Denver Bronco
  • Ex-New York Jet
  • Ex New England Patriot.

All of these “Exes” have led him to be an Ex-employee of the National Football League. Not because there weren’t opportunities to play (offers from NFL teams at other positions, The Arena League and The Canadian Football League), but because Timmy has a pride issue.

“Past accomplishments do not guarantee future successes. We must always adapt and be flexible with our plans.”

Mr. Tebow is like many of us today that have our minds made up too early and get stubborn. We are determined to do things our way, even when our way may not be the best for the situation. If it’s not my dream job, then it’s beneath me and I’m not taking it! As a professional athlete, he clearly has talents and abilities, but he wants a position that all 32 of his potential employers don’t want him in or think he’s ready for…right now. He wants to be a quarterback, typically the highest paid, most influential, critical and high profile position on a team. Games are won and lost at this position. Owners invest in and rest the future of their entire company on the skill, decision making and leadership qualities of this one person.

3t0rvwWe want positions or jobs right now that we are not ready for…right now. It may be that we need to learn a different skill, grow to become more familiar with that particular organization and how they do things, or we may quite frankly need to take what we can for now, show our value and move up in the company! Who does that anymore? Right, that’s the problem. Everyone wants to graduate and move straight to the C-Suite. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

To help put things in perspective, as a Nashvillian, I’m a Tennessee Titans fan. On game day, our “reserve” or 3rd quarterback is Damian Williams, a Wide Receiver who has admitted that he has no interest in playing that position and hopes that he never has to! All it would take for him to assume the quarterback position during a game is 2 bad plays; one injuring Jake Locker (the starter) and another injuring Ryan Fitzpatrick (the backup). But he’s there, he’s dressed for the game (being paid) and while his chance of taking the reins on game day is minuet, he has one. And isn’t it better to have the chance of winning a shot at the position you want while being employed, than to be sitting at home (not being paid) hoping that someone will bring your name up when there’s a need or an opening.

The bad pride will cause us to be underemployed and unemployed. Everyone can’t start at the top. Somebody has to occupy the other roles on the team and those roles are critical to the team having depth in case something happens. And when that un-glamorous work is done well with the good pride, people take notice and opportunities come available. Decision makers in your building will see and recognize your character, work ethic and commitment to the company, along with your willingness to help in whatever capacity to help the team win. A position may even be created FOR you if you make the most of your opportunities, but there are NO options if you’re not even on the roster.

“Get on the roster and then we can talk about dream jobs.” – Justin Harris, 2013

6 thoughts on “Don’t Tebow Yourself

  1. “And when that un-glamorous work is done well with the good pride, people take notice and opportunities come available.” I couldn’t agree more! Employers want employees with the right attitude and being willing to take on work that others won’t because of pride issues or the like really makes a person stand out! Excellent article, Justin!

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  2. Although I’m a big Tebow fan, you make a very valid point! We all have to start somewhere and make the most of it so that we can move into our dream!

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    • Thank you for checking out the post Sheila! You’re a Tebow fan even though you went to Vandy?!?!? Seriously, there’s a lot to learn watching the direction his career is going in. Just happy that I could make a point or two.

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  3. It would be better if your points had validity and substance…the persecution of Tebow is unjustified. It must be very secure to be hangin with all these “yes” people where you can say anything you want and they agree with you. I’ll take a man with conviction and belief in himself over all the Johnny footballs of the world. You just tarnished a person in your article that you have probably never met, because you would know that pride and overconfidence are not qualities possessed by Tim Tebow, but people that are jealous and vindictive might use those terms. What does the HR profession think about gossiping, not doing your research and kicking a person when they are down? How many kids have you visited in hospitals to cheer them up? How many teams have you lead to a national title? Do you really believe Tim Tebow cares where his earthly career is going? I thought your article was a very sad reflection on you…..

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    • Thank you Mr. Boguski for stopping by my site. I really appreciate it.

      Just like with most workplace problems, things from outside of the workplace and feelings are too often brought into it while the actually employment issues are ignored. He is not employed by the NFL. That’s a fact and an HR issue. This post has nothing to do with his deeds OFF of the field. This is a post about workplace concepts and his “earthly” career and my opinions about it, which everyone is entitled to. So thank you again and please do continue to check out more of my posts!

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