May 17, 2013

A Passion for Work

A Passion for Work

Tom Coughlin, Head Coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League, has written a new book with David Fisher, titled Earn the Right To Win. It is the record of how he led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories with a combination of exceptional preparation, incredible attention to detail and his total commitment to football.

Coughlin’s passion for his work defines what it means to be a workaholic, devoting minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day to football. In a chapter on scheduling, he quotes Thomas Jefferson:
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”
I admire Tom Coughlin’s success as a head football coach, and his devotion to his work is far beyond anything I experienced in my 82 years. But that’s probably because I never allowed my occupation to consume my life. 

Undoubtedly, I could have been more successful if I had devoted every hour of every day to my career, but I preferred to share my life, my interests, and my skills with my family, my church and my community. I also reserved time to observe and enjoy the awesome beauty of the world around me, a gift from a good and gracious Creator.

Tom Coughlin chooses to devote his life to his work. For me, making a living is not the same thing as making a life.