Pay It Forward

Last night my wife and I had a conversation about “paying it forward”. If you haven’t seen the movie, please rent it. For those that might be unfamiliar, the concept of paying it forward is similar to paying someone back. However the key is that the receiver has to respond by helping someone else, instead of helping the person that helped them. I love the concept and try to live it every day. The reason the topic came up was that one of our current Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning interns is heading off to another internship in the NBA courtesy of one of my former employees. Shin Tahara will be working for the Chicago Bulls thanks to Assistant Strength Coach Josh Bonhotal. Josh came to MBSC by way of Al Vermeil and Mike Potenza ( current San Jose Sharks Strength and Conditioning Coach and former MBSC intern). I recommended Mike for his current job. Mike paid it forward to Josh and recommended him to me. Now Josh pays it forward to Shin. Paying it forward is a wonderful way to create a network and a legacy.

I try to pay it forward every chance I get to honor people like Don Chu, Vern Gambetta, Al Vermeil, Mike Woicek, Rusty Jones, Johnnie Parker and a host of other great coaches who answered a young coaches questions when there was nothing in it for them. I believe you do your best work when you expect nothing in return. As I age I also believe more and more that what goes around comes around. Karma is an interesting concept.

2 Responses to “Pay It Forward”

  1. I have yet to see this movie. I have been searching high and low for it on Net Flix. Want to know something really cool? My good friend and Grammy Award Winning producer, Ray Kennedy made production and mastering magic happen in that soundtrack. Steve Earl’s song: Open Your Window was produced by him–all the more reason for me to see this!

  2. Networking is a lost art. I wish more doors were open for young professionals and interns. A greater emphasis need to be placed back on “rolling up your sleeves” and actually training people, athletes, clients, teams, etc. The pay if forward concept is so easy and the “rewards” are so great when you don’t expect something in return. Another great blog Mike.

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