Should You Be Taking Job Advice From Marshawn Lynch?
I'm fortunate that even if I don't write this I will not be fined, but I will for the love of the game.
Another Super Bowl media week has come and gone and thank God. I hopefully don't have to hear anymore puns or innuendos about "deflated balls." Besides less than required inflation of a throwing apparatus another hot topic has emerged from Arizona or lack there of you can say.
Seattle Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch once again has given the media something to talk about by not talking to media (Would have been a good line for Alanis Morissette if she didn't write that song 20 years ago). This standoff has seemed to help Lynch; his antics have been talked about and parodied by pop culture and resulted in a commercial for Skittles. Players and fans have come to bat for Lynch, saying that if he isn't comfortable talking to the media than the NFL shouldn't make him, I am not one of these people that agree.
I'm sure there are many parts of our job we wish didn't have to do. Somedays we walk into the door of our workplace, knowing that we have to do something we don't feel comfortable about, but we did it "so you don't get fined," or probably in your case get fired.
For some it might be the paperwork, like Lynch it could be a "presentation" or other sort of public speaking appointment, but it has to be done. Why? Because its in our contract. One part of Marshawn's contract is he has to talk to the media, Marshawn has become very aware of this rule now because the instances where he hasn't been available to the media he has been fined, that has added up to $100,000 in just this season alone. Just like its in our contract to perform certain tasks for the company we work for. Do some of these things make us feel uncomfortable? Of course. Would we elect not to do them? Without a doubt, but these decisions aren't up to us. In order to keep our professional lives going we have to perform every duty that we signed on to do, whether or not those duties our out of comfort zone does not matter, it was what we signed up for and if we do not want to perform these task, they will find someone that will.
Even Lynch should know this. He may have lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns, but he must also remember that he's 30, that's 80 in running back years and in the NFL, some organizations may put up with your antics if you help the team win, but if you do not perform in a way that benefits the company, they will not hesitate to send you on your way (look up previous Seahawks' running back Shaun Alexander.)
So whatever tasks your boss makes you do, whether you like it or not, you gotta do it because we all know why you're here.