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Peyton Manning and Picking the Right Job

Like a lot of folks, was not able to escape the Peyton Manning touchdown record hype Sunday night.  And like the total pro that he is, Peyton delivered.  Breaking and then setting a new record in front of a national television audience.  Not a bad nights work.  Peyton Manning…always a professional, never any issues in public or private, by all accounts an all around good guy, not to mention a pretty inspiring story, returning to the top of his game after major surgery.  All of that said, Peyton Manning has reminded us of another lesson that goes largely unnoticed, but is of immense value to anyone who is trying to manage their career, choose wisely.

Peyton has been smart enough to choose where he works not based on money, but rather where he will have the best circumstances for success. He picks his work place based on culture, organization, leadership, coworkers, and environment.  When it is stripped down to the core, Peyton Manning sets himself up to succeed.  That is wisdom.  Sure, he makes a ton of dough wherever he has chosen to play, but he has never absolutely maximized his earning potential, at least in the realm of football.  There is no question he could demand and get top dollar from any team, yet he has never parlayed his success into a bidding war.  He realizes, and this is easy to do when making millions, that success will generate more income beyond just the “starting salary”.

It is a common theme in business, income maximization.  We fully support capitalism and are all about everyone making as much as possible.  That said, it is often the top reason we hear when someone is debating making a career change, or when they are debating offers.  However, where the disconnect comes in is when compensation drives the decision on what job to take, what company to join, what industry to be in, or what offer to accept or decline.  It is certainly important, but it is not the only issue.  Sure, it is easy to look at Peyton Manning and think “but he is making millions”.  Move the decimal point to the left and the issues become the same for him as they are for any of us.

One maxim we have realized over the years in this business, compensation rises in direct proportion to success.  People that are really good at their jobs tend to make, well more than their peers.  And success is directly proportional to happiness.  People that are happy with their job, their company, their industry, their teammates, leadership, corporate culture and environment, are almost always the most successful.  Find the place where you are set up to succeed, and the money will follow.

Peyton Manning has enjoyed an enormous amount of success on the football field.  That success has made him a wealthy man.  His income has been made on the field, but it has also been significantly enhanced by off field ventures.  Peyton’s wisdom is in how he has set himself up for success.  He chose his university, stayed with the Colts for years, and ultimately chose the Broncos because each of those organizations offered him the best chances for success.  And with that success has come a ton of money, both on and off the field.  Smart dude that Peyton Manning.

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Olympic Opportunities

Yes, I am an Olympic geek. Totally admit it. I like the whole thing – the spectacle of it all, the competition of course, the culture, the sob stories, the history, the international spirit and ideal, the obscure events (Modern Pentathlon), and of course the raw commercialism and pure excess. It is great entertainment for two weeks, served up in wonderful prepackaged clips and snippets.

But what I love most about the Olympics is that sometimes there is a very special someone who comes along and has “that moment”. They rise to the occasion, they not only win, but they capture the moment, they create a legacy and memory that lasts a lifetime. But it is how they then go on to literally make a business and career out of that moment –  the business side of me is always in awe.

Think about it – Bruce Jenner, Mike Eruzione, Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci – all had their moment a generation or more ago, yet they all quite literally live in our public consciousness. They have made a career out of their moment. Pitching products, reality television, motivational speaking, coaching, consulting or just flat being paid to be places, they have parlayed a moment in time, one opportunity, into a lifetime of success. Pretty amazing really.

For all of us, there is a moment of opportunity that is out there waiting to be seized. Granted, it might not be on a stage quite as vast as the Olympics, but that moment is out there.  It might not be on the track, in the gym or on the ice; it might be at work, at home, in the community, or quite literally anywhere.  The key for everyone is to be ready to seize that moment when it comes.

It is easy to poke fun and say that “they only did that one thing…once”, but there were years of toil and sweat, practice and pain, sacrifice and focus that went into earning their opportunity.  They were ready to seize their moment.  Then to parlay that moment into a lifetime of success…just amazing.  It is available to all of us if we follow their Olympic example and seize the opportunities that are out there.  Prepare, train, focus, perform, achieve…and maybe parlay that moment into a lifetime business.

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