Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? It’s the same story those of us who have ever entered a 5K, to a full marathon know very well. As much as we would like to pace ourselves, we are often quick out the gate and before half the race is over, we hit the wall, give up, or burn out. So is this a foot race I’m talking about or the rat race of life? How do you recognize pacing yourself and carefully making the right decisions, versus straight out procrastination? On the flip side, at what point are you bouncing around like a wild jack rabbit so much that you have no focus, and wind up with all kinds of lateral moves that don’t propel you forward.
My conversation today with Paula Portz, President of PC Sports is interesting for a couple different reasons. One, she embodies what it means to stay the course, grow within a career field, and continually take on higher levels of responsibility. The second is, this is no “typical” career field. Imagine being a successful woman in two male dominated career fields; construction and the sports industry! In 2011 Paula was named a “Game Changer” by The Sports Business Journal, and is again being recognized by the Sports Business Journal’s inaugural list of “Power Players: The Minds Behind Design and Development” in today’s issue. While I have talked with a lot of people who have taken great risks and tried to outrace everyone to get where they are, there is a lot to say about maintaining your focus, knowing what you want, and growing both personally and professionally into that vision.
For all those millennials who listen to this podcast, listen with a different set of ears. Listen to someone who has made it to the top of her game, not by some job hopping quick rise to the top. She never considered saying, “That’s not my job.” Rather, she did whatever was necessary to get the job done. So for all of you smart and steadfast tortoises out there with your eye on the finish line, today is your day to give those hares a wink and a nod as you pass them all by. There are all kinds of Game Changers out there, it’s up to you to decide what kind you will be.
On a personal last note, I believe Paula is looking into starting a dog rescue company with Tom Bond, also with PC Sports. Like I said, there are many ways you can make a difference. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.
With Steadfast Gratitude,
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