“Only those with the courage to take a penalty kick miss them.” — Roberto Baggio
I was sitting on a park bench last week, waiting for a friend down by the Brooklyn Bridge. There was a man and a woman on the bench next to me. The man was hunting for a job. The woman was trying to offer advice.
And her advice was perfect:
I want to help, she told him. But I won’t be all in if you aren’t all in. I won’t be in more then you are.
I love that.
I’m in a funny place in my career: I’m 26, and I’ve had a few victories, and I’ve seen some stuff. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve figured out a few things.
And one of those things is that I really do want to help people. That’s why I’ve got the Tools newsletter. That’s why I try to take time to meet and talk with recent grads looking for advice.
So many people helped me when I was right out of college, and I want to pass that help along to the next wave of reporters.
But I can’t help everyone, and there’s a reason: Not everyone is all in. Some people aren’t willing to bust their asses to do something, and I’m reluctant to spend my time on and throw my weight around for someone who isn’t really going after it.
Prove to me that you’re in, though, and I’m much more likely to go in, too.
That photo of someone going all in at a poker tournament comes via.