The Daily Incite – 12/28/09 – Meyer’s Choice

Today's Daily Incite

December 27, 2009 – Volume 4, #42

Good Morning:

What would you do if a Doctor told you that your job may kill
you? And I’m not talking about those brave souls that paint suspension
bridges. Or wash skyscraper windows. Or jump over Snake River Canyon in
a rocket ship. Or are Siegfried and Roy. But if you had a great job
like being a big time college football coach, and your doctor told you
the job could kill you, what to do?

Taking the lonely walk into the sunset...That’s the choice faced by
Urban Meyer, the coach of the University of Florida, who’s Doctors
advised him that the stress of his job caused him tightness in his
chest and other problematic health issues. He’s reached the pinnacle of
success. He’s won two national championships over the past 3 years. He
makes $4 million a year. He’s also 45 years old and a husband and
parent of three children.

Do you just walk away? Or do you try to change your stressful
ways? That’s the choice. Can you just walk away? What about the
expectations of the recruits? Of the boosters? Of yourself? Could you
take the risk, knowing that the stress could cause an express ride to a

Meyer almost did the right thing. He had decided to walk away.
And then the sharks and other folks that "care" about him convinced him
to back off on retirement. He’s taking an "indefinite leave of absence"
from coaching. Initially he said he wouldn’t coach again. Now he’s
saying he plans to return, presumably after he works through his stress
issues. Basically, says he’s choosing to live or at least give
himself the best chance to not drop dead from stress. But we’ll see how
it works out.

The one thing I can’t stand is inconsistency. This must have
been an agonizing decision. Meyer really loves what he does and he
cares about the kids. But really, the decision shouldn’t have been that
hard. This is a guy who has nothing left to prove. He never needs to
work again. Not for money anyway. The only fact that matters is that
you can’t walk your daughter down the aisle if you are dead. That’s the
first and only thought I’d have.

I guess it’s easy for me to say, but I truly believe this
would be an easy decision for me. Maybe that’s why I’m not a big time
football coach or a captain of industry. I’m not willing to sacrifice
my life or my health anymore for another digit on my net worth or
another ostentatious ring that I wouldn’t wear anyway. I’ve made it a
point to work really hard to reduce my stress. I find I get stressed
out over stupid stuff now. Which is progress. With a lot more work, I
hope to not get stressed over stupid stuff either. That’s the goal. And
I plan to get there.

This will be my last Incite of the year. Have a
great holiday. 

PS: In my first draft of this post, I called it "Choose Life," which
honestly I thought was a much better title (and would have resulted in
much better open rates). But obviously that term has connotations I’m
not going to touch. Not in the Incite, not in a one on one conversation
either. As a general practice, I don’t engage in conversation about
religion, politics, or abortion. I have my opinions on all of those
matters, and you probably do too. You may agree with mine or you may
not. But I’m not going to change your mind, so I don’t even try.

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