Sometimes all you need is one day to put you back on track, and yesterday was definitely that day for me. At times, MSBA can be overwhelming; when hearing from and speaking to such incredibly successful people, it’s hard not to doubt yourself and how you could possibly be one of the 25 people chosen to be part of this program. However, yesterday reminded me that it’s the days when you are feeling overwhelmed or doubting your ability that you really need to push yourself even harder.
“I get to spend my time from 9am to 9pm immersing myself in every area of the sports industry and meeting super interesting executives who know everything about the business of sport.”
Yesterday I left for work, admittedly much later than I should have, feeling tired and honestly unready to work hard for 8 hours. As often happens in life, these are the days that can surprise you the most. At noon I was able to leave work and meet one of my Mentors, Sumner Franklin, for lunch, which I was really looking forward to. As a massive golf enthusiast, I was so excited by the prospect of having a Mentor who works for Wasserman Golf. It was great to pick his brain about all areas of the sports industry and about his time as a former MSBA participant. After lunch, I was told to meet the rest of the sports team from work for a World Cup watch party at an Irish Pub! I spent the rest of the day mingling with clients and learning about areas of different industries that I’d never even thought of. I also got to watch the England game and get to know people from my team outside of the office. If the day had ended there I could have called it a good one, but at 6pm I walked towards Leverage Agency ready and excited to hear from MSBA’s Co-Founder and Leverage’s CEO, Ben Sturner. This was the most unique office visit we’ve had so far, concluding with drinks and pizza on the balcony of their office and the chance to talk with other members of Leverage about their experiences in the industry. Yesterday made me realize how lucky I am to be able to work what my friends call “12-hour days”. I get to spend my time from 9am to 9pm immersing myself in every area of the sports industry and meeting super interesting executives who know everything about the business of sport.
Listening to Ben talk at Leverage, there was one thought that stood out throughout the night: “If you can dream it, see it, and believe it, you can be it.” This is a philosophy that I know I will be trying to follow from now on. When I started the program, the unknown scared me. Now, I look forward to the unknown. I’ve learned that sometimes the spontaneous moments that pop up out of nowhere are the best and most important, and I can’t wait to tackle every new challenge MSBA throws my way.