When the Game’s on the line – hire the best.
On the rare occasion I have a Sunday off I, like many people across the country, enjoy watching NFL football. Ironically, one of the last games I watched I had an epiphany regarding the field goal kicker. I realized we had something in common.
If you think about it, in a game played within the regulation 60 minutes, the kicker may only be on the field for a maximum of 20 seconds actual game time. That includes a few field goal attempts and points after touchdown. But those few seconds can be turning point on whether or not his team wins their division, makes the playoffs or takes home the Super Bowl trophy. (The New England Patriots are sitting home this weekend due to a missed extra point)
Team owners and other team officials understand the importance of hiring the best kickers. In fact, the Top 20 field goal kickers in the NFL make $1 million or more annually. Some are paid as much as $4 million. They are that valuable to the team effort.
One must also realize it takes thousands upon thousands of man hours to get a team ready for play. Even if you just start at the team’s first practice and end when regular season ends, the time and effort put into succeeding is enormous. Yet with all that, it could all come down to one player – on the field – for a short period of time.
It doesn’t surprise me that these top field goal kickers – considering the pressure they are under to produce – can make a good living.
A great number of people have worked many, many hours to plan an event and then I, like a kicker with just seconds left in the game for the win, arrive at the event – take the stage – and do what I’ve learned to do successfully – help charities reach or succeed their fundraising goals.
Sure it’s a lot of pressure. But when you’re part of the planning process and are totally prepared to do what you were hired to do – you can approach the task at hand with confidence. The best professional kickers will make the kick. The best professional auctioneer will raise the dough.
I don’t get paid by the hour. Nor does the kicker. We make a good living because of our performance – not by the number of minutes we’re on the field or on the stage.
So when the (fundraising) game is on the line, put me in coach, and I will put your gala through the uprights of success.