I’m smitten with Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever.”

It may not surprise you that, as an experienced Coach, I can appreciate a sweet career pivot from a mile away. And want to learn more about what makes it possible.

Intrigued by the role the bad boy of tennis, John McEnroe, plays in it, I decided to do some research. At 62-years old, he has taken an unusual career turn.

We never see him in the series. We hear his distinctive voice as a narrator of teen life. He voices a full range of emotions swirling inside an angsty, Indian high school girl. Although the script and acting is enjoyable, what McEnroe brings is HIS unique stamp of wit, sarcasm, fatalism and competition. By using his voice in a new role.

How did it happen that he is willing to depart from his famous roles as world-class tennis star and sports commentator?

Why does he take the role?

His first reaction, when approached by Mindy Kaling, the show’s creator, was his signature phrase, You cannot be serious. Then, upon consideration, he talks about

Getting out of his comfort zone a bit.

Believing in the theory [that] it’s better to try and fail than not try at all.

Acknowledging that he wasn’t getting the type of enjoyment he would have liked. That it’s nice to sort of do something later on [in life] where you can.

So, what does this mean for those who would also like to pivot (but aren’t sure how?)

We do not have to be a tennis bad boy, famous and famously wealthy to move out of second gear to explore inner considerations ourselves.

What will take you out of your comfort zone, even elicit a gasp (what if I actually did THAT?)

What would you do if you could not fail and were not occupied by the reactions of others?

When we dig deep and reflect, are we making the difference/contribution/impact we want to make now?

These are some of the powerful questions we get to in coaching and they help clarify powerful decision making. See what comes up when you ask them of yourself. Ask yourself what you want to do about it and what/who will keep you accountable.

If you would like to explore the accountability, mindset shifts and rewards of coaching with me, I will have 2 spaces open end of September. They go fast so if you think one of the spots could be yours, let’s talk.

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What’s the Latest Scoop with My Memoir?

Many of you have been book Ambassadors for my memoir, Carrying My Father’s Torch, and I am grateful.

Although the book has been out for 10 months, I still pinch myself that I have published this book that is inspiring others to change the way they live their own legacy. I just received notice that my book is being sold in Great Britain and in Germany!

As an independently published author, readers are the ones who make a difference in ratings.

  • Here are some ways YOU can be a book Ambassador:
  • Invite Gail to speak with your book club or organization
  • Leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Ask your local bookstore and library to order Carrying My Father’s Torch
  • Gift the book, e-book or audio to your favorite student, friend, colleague or family member.
  • Donate the book to your local Little Free Library
  • Have other ideas? Let me know!

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What I’m reading: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. A raw, seering memoir about what it’s like to grow up in the rural, impoverished south and how that affects the author and society.

Quote I’m pondering: Things are only impossible until they’re not. ~Jean-Luc Picard

Interesting Stat: 45% of remote employees work from a couch regularly, according to a study from home improvement marketing firm CraftJack. It gets even crazier: 38% of remote workers work from their bed regularly, 20% work outdoors, and 19%…in a closet. (from MorningBrew.com)

August Action Tip: Try putting your top priority action item on your scheduler. If you question if you will show up for it, find an accountability partner. Notice how it feels to have done it. Keep a log. Pause to acknowledge, check it off once completed. Repeat.

In closing, it is tempting to default to second gear and wait for something new to happen. I take issue with the saying “Good things come to those who wait.” Instead, I believe great things come to those who “Get Willing.”