It’s YOUR time

“Great moments… are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.”- Herb Brooks, in “Miracle” (2004)

February 22 is the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in U.S. history.  On that day, a group of young men beat impossible odds to achieve a “Miracle.”  The 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team was the definition of the belief in a concept, or teamwork.  The late Herb Brooks hammered home the

courtesy: Sports Illustrated

point that a collection of individuals could become one team with one goal.

Before the game against the then Soviet Union, Brooks passionately spoke about being great, seizing the opportunity, and making this game their moment in time.  Sixty minutes later, the young college players flung their gloves and sticks in the air and celebrated that moment.  Maybe you are entering a point in your life where you have hit a bump in the road or maybe you are in that part of your senior year of college where you are worrying about getting a job.

What can you do to re-focus your energies and create your own moment? Try these on for size.

Step back

We get so immersed in wanting to get that next job or get that first job, we lose sight of the plan.  Step away from the hunt for an hour or a day and clear your head.  A healthy perspective on your hunt will help make you more focused and more positive.

Make an Opportunity

One of the more important aspects of a job search or even job improvement is seizing an opportunity. What may appear as an insignificant moment, may just be a chance to shine.  Never pass up a chance to show what you’ve got.  When it comes to the job hunt, follow a prospective employer on Twitter.  You just never know when a Tweet could end up being a job.

Envision success

The only way to succeed is if you see yourself on top.  This doesn’t mean you have to be cocky, but being confident in your abilities goes a long way to how you carry yourself in personally and professionally. What is your plan? Do you even have one? If not, write down five objectives you would like to see yourself reach.  Another good resource (if you are a PR minded person) is the Public Relations Society of America.  They offer valuable webinars that can often assist you.

Just remember… this is YOUR TIME.  Now take it!


About JasMollica

"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!

Posted on February 22, 2010, in Hot Topic, Inspiration, Personal Branding, Public Relations, Social Media, Sports, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Jason, this is such an inspiring post – it really made me assess what I was currently doing to achieve what I want in my life, and this is in all aspects – academically, personally, and professionally. Sometimes I think I get so busy that I forget to take a step back to remember that I must continue to keep my eye on the prize, whatever that may be. Thank you for reminding me to make sure I look around and seize every opportunity!

    • I’m glad it was helpful, Rowena. I guilty of not stepping back and looking at the big picture sometimes. Th more we just take a deep breath and clear our heads, I believe it helps re-focus our priorities.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow – got to agree with Rowena. Very inspiring.

    The sad thing is that most people miss that they can achieve their goals in life they just have to step up and do it.

    Great quote from Herb Brooks too. Thanks for sharing

  3. Jason,
    This post could not have come at a better time! I’m about to graduate, and it’s more important than ever to seize opportunities, show my drive and capabilities and CREATE the chance to shine. Thanks for another inspiring post. You always make me want to jump up and do something BIG!! 🙂


  4. Lauren,
    I think this post is perfect for soon-to-be graduates. There is so much going on (studies, job hunt, etc.) in the last months. Don’t lose sight that what you are doing now has great bearing on what will happen six to eight months down the road.
    Glad you stopped by!

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