As a huge OSU fan, I rejoiced yesterday as the news was “made official” that Urban Meyer was hired as the next head football coach for the Buckeyes. As a former high school football coach, I know the importance of having a man at the helm that can motivate and inspire young men to greatness…and as a current stay at home dad, I learned a valuable life lesson from Coach Urban Meyer’s press interviews and chats yesterday in regards to his new commitments to both OSU and his family. If you are listening closely, and brush aside the football noise, and hear what this “refreshed” dad and coach is saying…there is great wisdom for any parent on what to say “yes” and “no” to in this life.
Coach Urban Meyer explained that before he signed his new million dollar contract, he first made and signed a contract with his kids and family. If you may or may not know, that Urban Meyer was the head football coach of the Florida Gators for many years, where he won two national championships, before resigning a couple of years of ago due to his health and “lack of balance” with his family and work time. He realized that it’s not much good to be a champion on the field if you’re losing the game off the field with your personal and family life. I can empathize with Coach Meyer, as I am sure many of us can.
It’s amazing what you can learn from other dads, either by their mistakes or accomplishments. The life lesson here from this father and rock-star coach, is not work hard and one day you’ll get that “dream job” contract…BUT work less and you can be a rock-star father and husband. Always sign that contract with your family and yourself first, before signing your life away to some job. The old saying is true…”what profits a man if he gain the whole world”…BUT…”loses his soul [or his family]” in the process.
So, what about you? What contracts in your life do you need to make or maybe break in order to find balance?