Each year at training camp I’d hear the same advice from the General Manager. “Go with what got you here.”
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For years I had the pleasure to work in professional hockey. During this time I attended training camps for an NHL team. Consequently, I relished the opportunity to pack up some belongings, travel to California, Las Vegas, and beyond, and be fully immersed in the sport I fell in love with as a child.
There were a lot of fun things I’d encounter during this time, but a lot of hard work too. Because of these events, I remember one of the greatest life lessons I learned from hearing Brian Burke, our General Manager at the time, as he’d address the team and remind them to go with what they know. I’m not going to try to quote him word for word because I wouldn’t do him justice, but I will paraphrase the advice I heard him give on multiple occasions.
“Go with what got you here.”
Each year he’d tell the group to go with what got you here. If you’re a goal scorer, come to training camp to score goals. If you’re a playmaker, be a playmaker. A fighter? Fight. He told everybody that they earned a spot in camp because the team saw something about them that they loved. If they were a fighter who suddenly thought they needed to be a goal scorer, there’s a good chance they wouldn’t make it for one of two reasons. First of all, it wasn’t what they were brought to the team to do. Secondly, it wasn’t their forte.
Each year I heard these words from Brian they resonated deeply with me. “Go with what got you here.”
What did get me here? What got everybody here? Every single choice we make gets us to the place we are at. We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses. We all have passions, values, likes, dislikes, and more. It’s not to say we shouldn’t try new things, or learn new skills, or find new hobbies, but it does mean that many of your finer moments will likely take place if you go with what got you where you are today.
I’m a writer, and if I opened up sound recording software and started playing the flute for you here, you would likely throw your computer across the room and break it into smithereens. What got me here, today is writing. I wrote something, then something else, then another thing. As a result, I’m still writing. And, if you made it this far down the post, there is a good shot I am on to something (maybe not, but I’d like to think so, so humor me).
Use these simple words in your own life. Somebody has seen, saw, or sees something in you. If they fell in love with that or those things, don’t stray too far from them. Again, we should always broaden our horizons, but not forget who we are. Go with what got you here.
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