What You and Aaron Rodgers Have in Common

I am NFL fan, so I have been following the drama surrounding Aaron Rodgers this offseason. While I am not a Packers fan, I can’t help but admire Rodgers’ skill and the career that he’s had. He’s an easy choice for the Hall of Fame when he hangs up his cleats.

What prompted me to mention him to you is he’s following my advice – conceptually anyway – to stay open to possibilities. I mean really, he’s open to possibilities in a big way. Leaving the NFL foundational team he’s played on for almost 20 years, where he’s won a Super Bowl and four MVPs for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in over 50 years and hasn’t had a star at QB in just as long is certainly going for it.

Imagine if he takes the Jets, an NFL second-tier team, to the Super Bowl. That would be something amazing, in football circles. This is his Next Great Next. He said YES to an option that presented itself to him. He could have returned to the Packers, retired, or ask for a trade to the Jets when they showed interest in trading for him.

We’d all probably agree that he took a bit too long to make a decision, and going into a “darkness retreat” for days to ponder it was a bit… unusual. However, the essence of it all is right on with what I advise:

  • Stay open to possibilities.
  • Take time to consider what’s right for you in terms of your goals and family.
  • Know your value.

He could have simply said he’s a Packer and that’s that. But he knows he’s had a great career and still has something left in the tank (arm). What a challenge/opportunity it would be to take a team looking to level-up to the next level!

It’s really the same concept in the non-football business world. Look for companies looking to level-up in talent. Know how to articulate the value you would provide. Remain open to options. Consider what’s next for your career and which options will help you get where you want to be.

You may not have a Hall of Fame waiting for you or constant news reports discussing your options, but the next step on an already great career… that you have in common with Aaron Rodgers.

Once the trade is finalized, Rodgers will have Jets coach Robert Saleh in his corner. We can connect you with a coach to help you score big too.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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