Updated: May 17
Sharing messages of hope and encouragement is really what we need to do in these unprecedented times. It is indeed a challenging time for us all in a ever evolving situation.
Sharing my transitioning story with the Taniwhas Rugby team in 2018 was about building them up and preparing for the mental challenges. It was my first time talking about what I went through mentally and what I had to do to get out of my bubble.
I spoke on 6 steps to TACKLE successful Transitioning. These steps are my own experiences and summarised below.
1. Timing. This is important in understanding where you are in your career. You will need to make a decision to either talk to someone that is close to you or who work for a organisation that can help you. I was blessed to have David Gibson who worked for NZ Rugby Players Association who kept texting me to meet him when I knew the time. That time was 2013 January and I knew the time and replied back and planned to meet. From this decision It started the ball rolling. It is your call and you will know when it’s time to put the boots away and make the call.
2. Attitude. How you approach transitioning is all about your attitude. We can be stubborn at times and just wait til things get bad then we ask for help. For men it’s a problem! Refer to my first point in making the call.
3. Confidence. Your skills you gained through sports will guide you into your next career. Be confident in the transferable skills you gained and which you can take into work and into business team situations. You have advantage of performing at a high level and this is your advantage over others In the working environment.
4. Kindness. The saying goes that when you go up in life don’t forget to be kind to those people on the way up, for they will be the same people you will see on the way down. When you go job hunting go in with a plan and smile because people like kind people and will help you. Also contact people on LinkedIn or Facebook that you know have contacts on industries you have a interest in. Remember be kind be nice don’t be a dick it’s not rugby and it’s not a race!
5. Leadership. Take the lead and be action orientated. Just like training you have to take the first step out of your room and find the work you want. No one will hand it to you like a Rugby ball. Be proactive take the lead and take the leap.
6. Education. Do you read? Do you have a social media account? If you said yes to those then you are educated, and the difference is what are you reading? To be successful you need to personally develop and read books on success especially bibliographies so you can learn the mistakes of successful people so that you don’t repeat them. So continually learn and educate your mind to be successful like your sports career.
For Rugby players who are thinking about life after Rugby, this is now the time to plan and invest in your career. Start a business, learn a skill, invest, get educated, enrol online courses in what your career pathway will be. Find interests and passion that are fitting to your skills.
DM people you have met over the years and grab a coffee with them once this lockdown is over.
Rugby is a short career (2-3 years average) so plan now ahead, write your goals down. Once the lights and cameras fade away you will transition into with hope for the future.