How the Astros Did It, the How 76ers are Doing It, How the Browns Will Do It, How You Can Do It
A little lesson we can take from sports: Trust the Process.
Oh, I love that term, and it pays dividends. Trust the Process. You’re the process, and the process is you.
You discovered your passion at a young age, but hesitated for years before pursuing, waiting for the right time, but the right time, the perfect time, never comes.
It never came for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia 76ers, and Cleveland Browns. It all just sort of happened.
The Astros won fewer than sixty games between 2011 and 2013 before winning the World Series last year. The 76ers tanked for three seasons, finishing the third season of such a tank-job at 10-72. Last season, they were the third seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
And the Cleveland Browns are 1-34 since Week 15 of the 2015 NFL Season, but with guys like Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, and Myles Garrett, the future is bright.
But what happened first?
These three franchises played some of their worst seasons and had some of the worst stretches in the history of the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Ever.
It worked for the Astros and 76ers, and it’s likely to work for the Browns as they head into their third season of such a massive rebuild. Note it took the Astros and 76ers three seasons before they started winning.
Enough Sports Talk
But enough of the sports talk, I want to discuss how this all relates to you as we make up the tiny part of the population crazy enough to embark on such a process to pursue passion. Moral of this story is never expect anything to happen overnight. Even those who become overnight sensations worked their asses off to become overnight sensations.
In other words, they may be overnight sensations in the public eye, but how many years did they spend pursuing?
You can become an overnight sensation tomorrow if you’ve spent five years pursuing passion and your book takes off like wildfire on Amazon. Hey, the public thinks you’re an overnight sensation, but you should be humble enough to admit it took a lot of hard, and at times, uncertain work. Five years’ worth, to be honest.
I sure am, especially since I’m a Browns fan and haven’t seen the team make the playoffs since I was in the sixth grade, only to see them blow the 2002 AFC Wildcard Playoff to the Pittsburgh Steelers of all teams (yes, those of you who’ve read this post regarding Lord of Columbia, it’s the reason the protagonists are orange and brown and the antagonists are black and yellow…it’s yellow, not gold).
Average Joe and Plain Jane
And I know, you’ve probably been living a life that’s eh, everyman or everywoman status. You probably make a decent living, hang out with friends, are single but may have a go-to when things need to be spiced up. You probably work for a company that treats you good but would do anything to break into your passion but have zero idea where to begin.
Okay, let’s analyze the final part of that last sentence. But would do anything to break into your passion but have zero idea where to begin.
Here’s where the ‘how to’ begins.
See, it’s not an acceptable excuse today. In your hands, you’re either reading this article on a laptop, mobile device, iPad, or something similar.
And, you’re on the internet. Isn’t it the greatest invention ever? In your hands, you have an endless array of knowledge. Don’t tell me you’ve no idea where to begin. The internet can tell you anything these days.
What do you mean you’ve no idea where to begin?
Before the Internet?
Even before the advent of the internet, this was still an inexcusable excuse made by everyone who claimed, “Well I’d have done this instead of that, but I didn’t know anything about it.”
Look, I’m a nice guy but I can also be very edgy. The square root of all individuals will produce half the outcome. Say there’s a firm of one hundred people; only ten will produce fifty-percent. In other words, you’re not going to produce if you use the above excuse. “I’d have done this instead of that, but I didn’t know anything about it.”
See, because back then, the cost of living was lower, the dollar was stronger, jobs were much easier to come by, and since most areas in the Rust Belt were booming at the time, our parents and grandparents were simply unmotivated in anything but their job.
Only problem is in these jobs, a lot of guys clocked in and went to sleep. Again, the square root of all individuals will produce half the outcome. Except these were union-based jobs and the man sleeping made the same as the man in that square root cluster.
See, but even then, they still had a wide array of information. No, the internet didn’t exist. No, a telephone didn’t tell them anything they wanted to know within seconds (imagine being a time traveler and telling people in the 70’s and 80’s that a phone would do this one day), but they had resources.
Where were such resources?
1. Encyclopedias (ever hear of them?)
2. Newspapers (remember these?)
3. Informational VHS tapes (you can find a VCR to play these things in your local antique store)
4. Libraries (you’d be surprised how many people still use these, and rightfully so)
5. Books on the subject (see above)
6. Magazine subscriptions
So no, internet didn’t exist, but the seven items I have listed above isn’t necessarily thinking outside the box. Anyone could’ve done this. It’s all in the mindset. It’s all about the process.
It’s all about taking the plunge, taking the risk, forgoing the great paying job with benefits that you never saw yourself doing, and becoming a better you.
So, not matter what, even if you don’t have internet for whatever reason, you still are out of excuses. It’s time to trust the process, start rebuilding your franchise from scratch, create your dynasty, and live a life you’ve always wanted working for a living, but working in something you’ll always cherish and find rewarding.
Of course, there’s risk involved, but the harder one works, the greater the reward because they’re the people who never give up. And neither should you.
Trust the Process.