- My Unnamed High School Football Coach, circa 1986
I decided to play high school football not because I had any talent for it, but because it was the only way to fit in at my small, highly factionalized 4 year institution (emphasis on institution). My senior year, we got a new coach, some hotshot from a local college who took over a sectional champion that was just one win away from going to State. His “theme” for the team that year? Adversity. Like, “we are really going to overcome it?” Well, maybe, but we didn’t. We went 2-8. His style did not encourage overcoming anything, particularly not 4th quarter deficits. Some scars run deep, and that season is one I will come back to in future articles…
Fast forward to a few years ago now (sheesh, the time really flies). I took a leap of faith and started my own law firm with a couple friends I practiced with for over 20 years. We shared a common vision, wanted to create a new culture, and together, build a specialty practice to better serve our clients. To do it, we had to overcome a lot of adversity. Our only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner. And in talking with other entrepreneurs from different professions, that seems to be a common sentiment: the quicker you put trust in your ability to succeed, the better off you will be.