How the NFL Draft Changed My Life

FootballIt didn’t.

And yet there are months of media coverage leading up to the event. There are also months of coverage following, rating each team’s choices and the resulting impact.  Who got the “steal” of the draft? Who wasted their pick? I have had numerous conversations with friends and colleagues about it. They even made the event into a movie.

This isn’t a slam on the NFL draft. Very little of what is covered in mainstream media or discussed at the water cooler has truly impacted the life of a given individual. But we devote an incredible amount of time preoccupying ourselves with these issues.

What would happen if we took some of that time and devoted it to things that DO change lives?

  • Donate time or resources to clean water for underdeveloped countries
  • Fund a micro-loan
  • Learn a new language
  • Read a good book
  • Tell a great story
  • Give to the community
  • Spend time with close relationships
  • Experience art
  • Create art
  • Learn a new way of cooking
  • Help a neighbor
  • Volunteer at a local non-profit
  • Start a movement

We’re all going to spend time on things that really don’t matter. But when we have no time for the things that do matter, maybe we’re the ones who have wasted our pick.

Dustin Staiger is a business consultant and speaker in Houston, TX. He addresses team and individual effectiveness, communications, creativity and branding for global corporations as well as non-profits and start-ups.

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2 thoughts on “How the NFL Draft Changed My Life

  1. I recently listened to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast. He said one of the things a mastermind group member of his said really has helped him to discipline himself with decreasing his involvement in unproductive activities: Whenever we say Yes to (some activity) we are saying No to something else. That’s a great way to look at how we’re spending our time.

  2. Steve, thanks for the comment. Yes, what Pat’s encouraging is something it seems most successful people figure out. Michael Hyatt recently had a podcast on a similar thread about protecting your availability.

    There are some things we consciously say “yes” to. There are other things we agree to without thought. I guess those are the things I’m trying to call out in people’s minds. It could be sports, reality TV, the latest headline of CNN/FOXNEWS or even the activities of our kids. None of these are necessarily bad, but do we use them as an escape from the life-changing activity we could participate in?