New Teaching Job
I have a friend who just got this job at a high school. He’s a math teacher and when he went in for the interview he was a little bit nervous. There were so many other applicants applying for this job.
It’s only a part-time job, but when he got the job he was very very happy. The other day he called me and he was telling me about the school.
It turns out they have a decent football program in addition to their fairly decent academic program. Their football coach is kind of a and old school type coach. He sees it as his job is to build the character of the students.
Winning Isn’t Everything
He seems to think that is more important than actually winning football games. They win a few football games, more than their fair share, but when they lose, he’s not really that upset.
So long as the kids try their hardest. He actually likes to see them leave everything out on the field.
His philosophy is that in order to be successful in life you have to develop the ability to take risks whenever you can.
Nothing Is Ever Fair
As much as the people in charge of our society try to tell us that everything is supposed to be fair, and we’re just supposed to show up and get the same result as everybody else, this coaches philosophy is that life is never really fair.
This is kind of a problem for a lot of people. All humans are programmed on a deep level to seek pleasure and avoid pain. In fact all of our instincts are driven to make us move away from pain and move towards pleasure.
It all depends ultimately on how long of a time frame you look at these things. If you only seek pleasure in the short term and you can only really see things in the short term you’re gonna seek pleasure in the short term but that’s gonna add up to a lot of long-term pain.
Short Term Pain – Long Term Gain
But if you can embrace a little bit of pain in the short term that will generally add up to a lot of success in the future.
The way this works out is that if we think about taking some kind of a risk, a lot of people don’t like the idea of risk. A lot of people like the idea of some kind of a guaranteed step-by-step system. A guaranteed exact recipe to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve.
But in reality nothing is guaranteed, because we can never ever predict the future. The more of a thing we’re trying to create, a more desirable thing we’re trying to create, the further that desirable thing is out into the future, the more risk it’s going to take.
No Risk No Reward
The more risk it’s going to take, the more likely we will not get what we want. But that’s exactly the strategy we need to cultivate in our own lives.
To be able to take risks whenever we see an opportunity. Because essentially one of the fundamental laws of economics is that all humans have an unlimited collection of unmet desires in our brains, but we are all surrounded by scarce resources.
Nothing Worthwhile Is Easy
While we all like to believe in ideas of abundance and law of attraction, that there is an infinite amount of everything for everybody, in reality the truth is that if you sit around, you’re not going to get a lot of good stuff.
If you embrace the idea that every time you take a risk, every time you have to compete with other people for scarce resources, even if you fail you’re going to come out better in the long run.
Because if you compete for a job, for example, if you compete on the field for a point, for example, if you try and fail that can make you want to come back stronger.
Risk and ability to resolve to come back stronger. The more job interviews you go on, and don’t get the job, the more you want to go home and try to figure out how to do better next time.
This is the best personality trait to cultivate. If you can face as many of these adversity competition risk scenarios that you can, even if you fail most of the time every time, you go through one of these you’ll be stronger on the other end.
Adversity Fosters Improvement
So long as you’re improving your skills by taking risks and failing and learning from your mistakes, you’ll continually get better at everything.
This means you’ll be able to make more money. You’ll be able to build better relationships. You’ll be able to be more socially outgoing. To be able to express yourself more articulately and deeply.
This is essentially what this coache is trying to teach his kids. That even if they don’t know what happened so long as they try their best and they learn from their mistakes, he’s happy.
Leave Everything On The Field
In fact he would rather have kids try their hardest and lose every game of the year than get lucky and go undefeated.
This is why he’s so well respected by the parents and that’s why he’s been at the school for long time.
My friend is really really excited to be teaching math to kids that actually understand the necessity to learn stem type skills.
Because in the university situation today it is very very easy to borrow a bunch of money and then end up with a degree in some kind of a worthless thing and have $60,000 in debt.
So he’s really really happy to be teaching kids that understand the necessity of learning difficult subjects so they can succeed in life.
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