As a kid, JT (now 25) was president of the Moan and Groan Club. He used to complain a lot. But last week at lunch, we were reminiscing and I mentioned this. The kids cracked up laughing. I didn’t get it. Their minds went sexual because the previous thread of comments had been about sex. This new perspective was a whole different way of looking at this simple comment.
Then I realized that JT’s perspective had changed also. Two weeks ago, he started an internship at an elite fitness training facility with high school, college, and pro athletes. At first he complained that he wasn’t getting paid because it was an internship and all he did was clean the gym and lift 45 pound weights all day. But then I could see the light switch flip on in his head.
He has his dream job – doing strength and conditioning with pro athletes. This is what he’s always wanted to do. He set himself up for this by becoming a massage therapist, majoring in kinesiology (exercise) in college, competing in college level wrestling, and coaching high school wrestling for many years. And here he is with his first job out of college…his dream job.
Needless to say, he loves it. They love him. He is a powerful leader and has already been given more to do than the average intern. He’s exercising all day. He’s coaching. He’s upbeat. He loves going to work. And by chance, they needed another massage therapist, and he can fill in (and get paid).
It’s great as a parent to see the light switch turn on in his head. It makes all the difference in the world to change the perspective. But now, he’s the president of the Moan and Groan Club for an entirely new reason. He’s making these athletes moan and groan as they grunt and strive to be even better. He’s living his dream.