I took my family to a hockey game last night and we had a really good time, cheering on the Everett Silvertips. Never heard of them? That’s because they’re a minor league team. You won’t see them going up against the Kings or the Sharks. They play against teams from Kamloops and Kelowna. Unless you’re a diehard Canadian hockey fan, you probably haven’t heard of them either.
But these guys played with all their heart. They checked with the best of them, they played different strategies: Zone, man-on-man, whatever. They shot hard and accurately, and if it weren’t for their fantastic goalies, the game would have been higher scoring than it was. They played like real pros.
The point is, these guys were in the minors, but they didn’t act like it. They played as if the Stanley Cup was riding on this game. At no point did any of their playing indicate they took the attitiude of “hey, I’m only in the minors, I’m going to play like I’m less than excellent.” They know that while they may only be in the minors, but the only way they’ll get to the majors is to play the best game they can.
You may not be Joe Cipriano or the late great Don. Your Voice over career may be in the minor leagues, but you need to act as professionally as the big guys.
You need to be as confident as the major leaguers.
You need to bring the best quality you can.
You need to be as professional as the CEO of a Forbes 500 company.
Don’t ever make excuses for a poor performance. Make the performance better.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in the minors. Don’t ever give the attitude to your clients that you are anything but a consummate professional.
In short, like those minor league hockey players, you need to play your heart out. So keep practicing, keep training, keep working out. Keep being the best talent you can be, no matter where your position in the industry.
And go Silvertips!