Being your typical young boy in a suburban area just outside Toronto, sports were obviously a major facet of growing up.
The Toronto Blue Jays were beginning their first playoff run in almost twenty years, the Toronto Raptors were on the verge of what would be their first championship in franchise history, the Toronto Maple Leafs had begun to build a playoff team, and even smaller scale teams like the Toronto Argonauts and Toronto FC were constantly competing for glory.
And so begins the story about finding my career passion, along with some inspiration to help you do the same.
Despite being surrounded by a variety of sports teams and professional leagues, there was one sport in particular that did not get enough attention where I’m from.
That sport is the National Football League.
This is because out of all the professional sports leagues in North America, only football did not have a team in Canada.
It was the 2012 NFL draft and the Seattle Seahawks were on the clock. “With the 75th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select, Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Wisconsin!“
This is where my passion and love for the game began!
This is where tears would fall if success wasn’t being translated on the field!
This is where I knew my life had changed!
From the moment Russell Wilson had begun playing football, the adversity was endless. “You’re too short” or “You’ll never play in the NFL” were two of many obstacles Wilson had to overcome.
But, none of these comments ever stopped him from pushing towards his dream and fighting for what he wanted. Wilson won the starting job before the regular season even began.
Even during the first few regular season games where he displayed his dual-threat ability and flashiness, the media questioned whether Pete Carroll and John Schneider had made the right decision.
Throughout his career, Wilson has continuously proved the doubters wrong and played at an elite level every single season.
Pursuing My Own Passion
But, this isn’t a story just about Russell Wilson’s incredible career so far. It’s about how ONE player, drafted for a team in ANOTHER country and on the OTHER side of the continent, made me fall in love with football.
Even though I was only 11 years old at the time, I knew that sports, and particularly football, was something I wanted to be involved in forever.
I was never a truly gifted athlete, so I knew that I would have to find other ways to make sports a part of my life.
The reason I am so passionate about sports is due to the thrill of watching high profile athletes compete at the highest level.
Being involved in sports at a young age taught me the value of teamwork, the hard work it takes to be great, and the exhilarating rush of blood that runs through your veins when you win a game or make a great play.
I have fallen in love with watching athletes like Russell Wilson because of his amazing character and perseverance throughout his life.
It’s players like him that fuel my drive to always put your best effort into everything and never give up on anything.
Experiencing the behind the scenes of sports will allow me to grow as a person and increase my love for the game.
Where Am I At Now?
This brings us to the present day where I am currently in my first year of university pursuing a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
You can learn more about how to choose a major in college that best suits your passions here. This is a great article that links to following your own passions and why you should do that above all else.
Upon graduating, I aspire to combine my passions for business and sports by working in these industries.
If all goes accordingly, I might even have the opportunity to land my absolute dream job with the Seattle Seahawks, and have a chance to meet my inspiration, Russell Wilson.
Now, It’s Your Turn…
Hopefully my story could provide you with some insight on how a simple event can change your life.
There are thousands of potential careers out there and even some that have yet to be discovered. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 years old or even 75 years old because it is never too late to find your career passion.
There are a few key aspects you should keep in mind when trying to find your own careers. My number one tip would be to keep an open mind and experiment.
No, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and research or try out a million different careers. It simply means that you should always take advantage and capitalize on opportunities you are presented with.
This could be a case competition, networking event, a speaker panel, or something similar.
Following this number one tip will allow you to discover new interests and areas you may have never thought of before.
Another strategy would be to learn from others by asking for advice.
Nowadays, most people would be happy to teach you a little bit about their careers if you reached out and asked.
It can even be a simple message like “Hello there! I noticed you are currently the (insert occupation) at (insert company) and I thought that was a pretty interesting position. I am reaching out to ask if you could potentially inform me of the career and what it entails. Thanks!”
See, it’s pretty simple if you ask me. Send off your message and keep checking your inbox for a reply.
You may have just unlocked the key to your future!
I hope that you are excited to begin discovering careers and were inspired by my story.
Now you can start exploring and find your dream job!