Most coaches are extremely passionate about their work and really love what they do.
The coaching profession is a demanding, stressful, grueling grind of long hours, sometimes tedious work, and little free time. Professional coaches will be working 7 days a week about 16 hours a day from August until February. Because it requires such a commitment, most coaches are extremely passionate about their work and really love what they do.
In my case, I loved the teaching aspect in the classroom and on the field. It was such a pleasure to see the players improve and have success. I also have a curious side and with all the resources available to study tactics and strategy, I loved when I had a chance to use the creative part of my brain.
When the season ended and after a short vacation, the off-season doesn’t offer much more of a break. Expect to make it home for dinner and have some free weekends, but as the pressure of winning increases so do the hours. Professional coaches are paid very well and much is expected of them. Arriving at the office before 5:30am year-round is not out of the ordinary.
Head Coaches expect nothing but an obsession with your job and nothing but tunnel vision and razor sharp focus on football and every aspect of it. There are no sick days, doctors’ appointments, picking your kids up from school, meeting your wife for lunch or even admission of a hobby outside of coaching football.
Passion for the game and your job is necessary, but all of us need to coach the brain in areas other than Xs and Os at times to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Most coaches are very bright and need to stimulate the intellect so they don’t get stale.
A hobby is not a bad thing even if it is a quick workout or 30 minutes or switching gears to read an article on something other than football. We just don’t want to admit it for fear we be accused of lacking the commitment.
Napoleon Hill said, “Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.”Most successful people focus on what they want until they have achieved it. And only then do they set their focus on something else.