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There is no room for error anymore. When I was 16 years old my football coach would constantly drilling into my head they I need to be bigger, fast, and stronger. That was coach’s famous “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” speech. Now, years later I am getting the same speech from boss at work. “Team, you need to have better material, quicker sales, and stronger customers.”

O’boy, high school all over again. Instead of 4 hour practices, its 8 hour days of office work. Instead of going on away games, it’s going on out of town for business meetings. Uniforms go from jerseys and cleats to black coats and ties. Teams meet up at the water hole and the office meets at the coffee machine.

Through college I was constantly reminded that history repeats itself. So am I going to experience four years of déjà vu now? I didn’t sign up for this. If I would have been told that four years of college was going to get me less then 10 years to find the right job I would have started searching years ago. Teacher, professors and business men and women say college students have a better chance of find a job they like, but the problem is everyone goes to college. The kid working at McDonalds down the street has a degree in History for crying out loud! It might not be much to some but to a company it tells them he is educated. Big Deal!

I think the whole point of this is, I hated football and I hated working hard for something I’m not going to achieve until I’m forty. I remember spending all that time at the gym, running drills, and watching video tape of other teams and not having that much fun. I was a zombie to the norm that was high school. I didn’t even care that I was playing the game anymore. I was just doing what was expected of me. I remember the highlight of my football career when I caught three interceptions in one quarter and my coach was so happy with me and I just stood there num to his reaction.

I don’t want to the same thing to happen to me at work now. I want to go out and have fun on the field (office space) now. I spent 5 years of my life practicing (college) to get here and I want to feel like I’m making a difference in my life. Is there a job out there that is willing to take the challenge? I’ll find out soon enough I guess.

I just want to tell myself it was worth stepping out on the field today.

Submitted by Alex Cantu for the August 2008 Talent Buzz blog contest.

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  • Posted on: Monday, August 25th, 2008