5 Balls Speech

If you’re not familiar with former Coca-Cola CEO Bryan Dyson and his famous “30 second speech” open another browser tab and Google “Five Balls Speech.”

Go ahead – I’ll wait.

Ok, now that you’ve read the speech and understand the difference with the work ball let’s have a serious conversation. Are you really happy with what you do for a living? Is your work fulfilling?

If the answer to those questions is no, then you are damaging the “other balls.” No one has ever gotten to the end of the road and wished they had worked more. Too many people have gotten to the end of the road not doing the work they should have pursued.

There are many excuses to not pursue your “dream job”

  • I don’t want to take a step back.
  • I have too many bills (i.e. debt) to take a paycut.
  • I’m not sure where to start.
  • I don’t have enough time to make a move.
  • My job isn’t so bad on some days.

Change has never been affected by an excuse.

  • Staying where you’re at in a job that’s not fulfilling will never let you step forward. You’re taking more steps back than you think.
  • Everyone has bills and a large majority of Americans have debt. Tighten up your budget & get out of debt. Work like a mad-dog. Quit eating out. Cut up the credit cards. Sell the $30k SUV and get a hooptie. (Can you tell I’m a Dave Ramsey zealot?)
  • If you’re not sure where to start take one step. You’re reading this, right? Now take another step & read as many books on finding fulfilling work as you can. Engage in the process.
  • Don’t have enough time? I would argue your time is running out. Take the first step before it’s too late. (see earlier comment regarding the end of the road.)
  • Your job isn’t so good on most days, otherwise this post is irrelevant & you wouldn’t have read this far. What are you waiting for?

Your work ball bounces. Use that to your advantage and find the work that God intended for you to do.

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