Love him or hate him (personally, I love him), you have to admit that Tim Tebow is the guy that never gives up on his dreams - whatever they may be. He’s taken what he’s passionate about and has decided to be All. In. From his time in the NFL, to his devotion with his non-profit and even his TV career - the guy is 100% focused.
Recently, he announced that he’ll be giving professional baseball a try. And you know what? I got to thinking and I really believe that we can learn a lot from him and how he’s approached his career. Plus, I think he’s the cat’s meow and it’s fun to celebrate people (specifically of the male variety) who are passionate, convicted and living with integrity. And, I mean, he’s not NOT easy on the eyes.
Here are the 4 things I think we can learn from Tim Tebow and his unconventional career path.
Get booted from the NFL? No big deal - try again. Still doesn’t make the cut? Keep on trucking. This guy doesn’t lose hope or give up. Nine lives I tell ya. And you know why? It’s because he believes in a Big God who can do big things. Who IS doing big things. Most people in their career or business give up or lose hope, but the most successful are those people who are absolutely resilient. This can apply to starting your own business, when facing multiple job rejections or simply the fact that you’ve been long overdue for a promotion. Keep your eye on the prize and never forget that our Big God is up to Big things.
Have you ever watched an interview with Tim? He is on fire when he talks about his work and his faith. Even though pursuing what he pursues is incredibly risky, he goes after it with vigor and intensity. I’d encourage you to explore what sets you on fire. What excites you? What feels a little risky - pick that and then go after it - full steam ahead. Don’t know what that is quite yet? Well, that’s where Tim's next attribute will be incredibly helpful..
I think what has made me successful in my career is the fact that I’m incredibly curious. When I realized that finance wasn’t working out for me, I got knee-deep in discovering what other industries and opportunities may suit me best. I'm talking hours spent chatting with people in different fields and weekends exploring the internet for cool companies to potentially be a part of. Tim has done the same thing. Football wasn’t working out for him, but he knew he was a gifted athlete. He got curious and pivoted his career. And you know what - that may not work out either, but the key is he opened his mind to other possibilities. I’d encourage you to do the same - you may find something that gets you excited to head to work every day. Wouldn't that be lovely?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from watching Tim’s journey is his ability to not let the setbacks in his career define him. He’s been on a public stage for his entire career and with that comes a lot of criticism, opinions and naysayers. Personally, I can’t imagine having my career mocked by strangers or my shortcomings or failures displayed for the world to see. But it seems (I mean I don’t know him personally, but I can gather) like he is grounded in who he is - and he’s not ashamed of that. (For the record ladies - that is probably the most admirable quality a man can have. Just saying.) I know so many people whose identity is completely wrapped up in their jobs. And that’s a dangerous place to live. Take a note from Tim’s book and recognize that your worth is not defined by your title, salary or industry, but rather in Whose you are.
It’s okay if your career doesn’t pan out exactly how you planned it. And quite frankly, there’s a 99% probability that it won’t. You were warned. So if you’re trying to control every last step, well, you’re going to be very sad and frustrated in your professional life. None of us can predict the state of the economy, what industries will die or emerge or where our interests will be 5, 10, 15 years from now. But for me, and I hope for many of you, you have hope and trust in something bigger than yourself to lead you in the right direction.
Fittingly, to close, here is one of my favorite Tebow quotes, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future." :)