Six months ago I began working in the office of two ex-NFL players.
Kerry Carter and Joe Tafoya own a sports and technology firm called JumpIt Media. Both have extensive and impressive pro football careers, but what I find more remarkable is how these two do business.
Having a rich pro football career is one thing, but being able to bridge the gap into a successful post-football career is another.
Here are the seven lessons I have learned from working with these two inspiring businessmen:
1) Have a system in place –
- Staying organized is crucial. Having a personal system in place helps define the larger tasks and goals of the company, keeping everyone informed on what’s happening.
2) Teamwork is key –
- A business functions much like a professional sports team. In order to achieve the end goal it takes the effort and teamwork of all players.
3) 9-5 doesn’t exist –
- Work hours are based on when work needs to be done; it’s as simple as that.
4) Create goals –
- Know your end goal, create a plan of execution, and map out how you’re going to get there.
5) Take time to have a laugh –
- It’s important to remember to stop and have a laugh every once in awhile. For example, frequent “dance breaks” in the office are a great way to relieve some stress.
6) Hustle, hustle, hustle –
- Don’t miss an opportunity to connect, network and get yourself out there because you never know where it may end up.