Happy Tax Day!

Here in Minnesota, we’ve been enjoying near 80 degree temperatures in April, so that helps ease the sting of tax time. This is only the second year that I have done my own taxes. Up until now, my “tax guy” was my dad and I didn’t have to think much about it at all. Just hand over all of my forms and let him work his magic. Luckily with some of the tax filing websites, they’ve made it relatively painless and easy to do myself. It walked me though every step of the process – income, deductions, taxes paid – and voila! It gave me how much you owe or how much your are getting back from Uncle Sam. I’m guessing it’s not coincidence that in my second year of doing my own taxes, that I am having to pay in for the first time in my life. Maybe I need to hire dad again.

As I was going through the simple process that Turbo Tax provides, I got to thinking about how this correlates back to many of the conversations I’ve had with athletes about starting a new career after graduation or retirement. A lot of us expect there to be some magic formula or an easy step by step process where someone will do the work for us and illuminate a path to success.

I got news for you, there’s not.

Coaches like me play a key role in helping you get on the right path to understanding what you want to do, what you’re good at and how to position yourself in the marketplace for success, but it’s up to you to FIGURE IT OUT. I provide the structure and framework that facilitates your ability to get this done. The athletes that experience the most success in a short period of time are those that really dive in and do the work and take the initiative to figure out all of the unknowns on their own.

YOU have to do the work. YOU have to get out of your comfort zone. YOU have to prepare. YOU have to spend time really thinking about what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there. You new job is to FIGURE IT OUT.

There isn’t a paint by number for your career. No path is the same. There’s only one path that is right for you. That’s YOUR path, no one else’s. Go out there and find it. Be intentional with your planning and really put in the work to figure it out.

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