Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What Conan Taught Us

[Ed. Note: This was supposed to appear in yesterday's post...timing issues, sorry.]

Whether or not you followed the recent drama that unfolded over the late night airwaves over the past few weeks, whether you are a fan of Conan or Leno, there is still something we can learn from the events that occurred. Despite the fact that Conan got a raw deal from NBC, he still went on to say that the seven months that he had his "dream job" were the best of his career. He tried to make the best of a bad situation, which he did (I think most of his fans can agree that he was on fire during his final weeks).

We can all learn something from the way he handled himself during an extremely tumultuous time in his career. Despite the occasional zinger at NBC's expense, Conan never felt sorry for himself, blamed anyone for what happened, he just continued to work and do the best show possible.

So what can we learn from this? Because sports can be so humbling (coaching or playing), there are always going to be situations out of our control, or situations where it may be easy to blame the umpire for calling a borderline pitch a ball or strike, or to blame a poor performance on the coach for not getting you enough reps, or to blame a player for not executing in a situation where we know they will be over matched. The point is that the only way to overcome these situations, is to look in the mirror to ask "What can I do to get better?" and to continue to work hard.

O'Brien went on to talk about how cynicism is his least favorite quality and how "nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."

I think this came at the perfect time, and we can all keep this in mind as we prep for the upcoming five-week spring training when we may feel that we were slighted for gym times or we have to share a locker room, or we didn't get this or we had to do that. In the end, none of that stuff really matters and it's all about what you, what we do next...6 days!