Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

Yes, this title is straight from the now-defunct NBC/DirecTV show, FNL (Friday Night Lights). While the statement is very important to the show, it is more important to life. To break down the statement, you get three keys to a successful future in whatever field you choose to go into. Because of this, I thought I would give some advice on how to handle any situation that may arise at your future jobs through the eyes of Coach Eric Taylor (FNL) and explain how it translates to your post-graduation life.

Note: (a) will be Coach Taylor, and (b) will be the translation.

1. Clear eyes:
a. When you step out onto that field gentlemen, you better be ready, you better know that field like the back of your hand, you better not blink, because the second you do the opponent will take advantage! Do not allow this happen; you have come too far to back down now!
b. When you approach any job interview, be sure to have done extensive research on the company you are interviewing with, the position to which you are applying, as well as the person interviewing you. If you have time, be sure to get a good nights sleep beforehand so that your eyes do not get a bit lazy from a lack of rest. You have already come far enough in the process that they are willing to consider you (thus the interview), so you should be sure you are aware of the entirety of the situation.

2. Full Hearts:
a. Gentlemen, this is your time. You have been working your whole lives to get to this point, so if you do not put everything you have into it, you are not just going to lose this game, but you will fail yourselves and your teammates. If you are ready to give up, then you should get out of the locker room now, because this right here, its everything. If you don’t love it, then you should not be here right now. Who’s ready to play some football? Lets go have some fun out there!
b. You graduated high school and college to get to this point. Each step you have taken in life, whether it be elementary school, middle school, high school, or college, you have been working toward getting ready to work in a career field of your choosing. You should love that field. You should have been narrowing down your choices all along as an emphasis was placed on specialties (concentrations in high school, majors in college) in your education. From that you should know what you like. Be sure whatever field you end up in, is something that you will be happy with, because it is not worth investing your time and effort into something that you cannot give yourself to 100%. Be sure that your heart is in the career for the right reasons and be sure that you give it your all.

3. Can’t lose:
a. You may have lost this game, but you have nothing to be ashamed of! You all left everything you had on the field and that is something to be proud of, regardless of the outcome. Tonight you may be down on yourselves but you shouldn’t be, because tonight gentlemen, you played like champions and that is not only something to be proud of, but something that if you do that every game, I promise you, we will win gentlemen, we will win and you will be proud that you played the game the right way. Clear eyes, full hearts, CAN’T LOSE!
b. You didn’t get the job…unfortunate resolution. You wanted that job, but it is nothing to hang your hat on. You did things right, you called after turning in your resume, you did research prior to the interview, you were on time (early in fact), you sent you a hand written thank you note afterward, and you were well qualified for the position; but you didn’t get it. You did things correctly, and therefore you should be proud of that. If you do that every time for a job that you love, you will eventually get a job. It is not a question of “if,” but rather a question of “when,” because the only thing that will stop you from succeeding if yourself. Make sure you are prepared, give it your all, and there is no way you won’t walk out of that final meeting with a job title that you won’t love!

I love FNL. I often watch reruns of it after I finished my internship, and while I watch, I focus on the teaching of Coach Taylor. He is one of the premier television dads and the second greatest fictionalized coach behind the infamous coach, Gordon Bombay from The Mighty Ducks. His philosophy, which is symbolized by those three parts, is a beautiful thing and something that everyone would be well advised to look at for guidance. So with that, I have one last thing to say in honor of Coach Taylor; Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

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One Response to Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

  1. pdxsx says:

    Wow, I didn’t think there was another FNL fan out there in the entire universe! Well done, and good translation, Haven.

    ~J

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