Being in the Right Place at the Right Time. How to get there in your Sports Career

Franco Harris and the “Immaculate Reception.” Derek Jeter and “The Flip.” “Havlicek Stole the Ball.” Right place, Right time. These men will be remembered forever for these moments. Their legacies are defined by it. 

How often do moments in life come down to the right place, right time? 

Many times in the sports industry, people attribute professional success to being in the right place at the right time. “You only have this position because so and so left.” “They’re only here because they needed someone to fill in temporarily.” “He’s the cheaper option than hiring someone else.” 

These are comments we have all heard or said in this industry. While timing can be a huge part of it, there is a big piece missing to that puzzle- You had to put yourself in the position to succeed. People who work in sports, or anywhere for that matter, don’t get hired “just because.” There are no “just because” hard workers. There are no “fill-ins” who stay until the stadium lights are off. There are no “temporary” team players. Their are no “cheap” decision makers. The ones who are hired or earn a promotion were grinding it out for countless hours somewhere along the way. 

So whether you’re just starting out your career or you’re the seasoned veteran, remember this: Those men listed at the top are remembered for being in the right place at the right time. However, it took thousands of hours of preparation before that moment became real. These men will be remembered forever for it. Their legacies are defined by it. 

What about yours? 

Doug Condran
Box Office Manager / Lancaster Barnstormers

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