On Opportunities and Adaptability

Whenever someone asks me what one of my best qualities is, I always say this: I’m able to adapt fairly well, and am always ready to jump in and try my hand wherever I’m needed. I’ve found that to be an incredibly important trait, and I think it’ll carry me far. Being able to be flexible and dive right in has allowed me to expand my circle of capabilities, learn a lot of new things and I intend to keep going on that stretch.

For instance, writing is my specialty. It’s always been my specialty and probably always will be. But I don’t want that to be the only thing I’m good at. I want to be good at a multitude of things; I want to get my name out there, any way I can, make connections, grow relationships and foster the community with a sense that if someone needs something done, I’m there and ready to rock.

A lot of this, for me, has surrounded hockey. What began as just-for-fun attending the games of the OJHL’s Buffalo Jr. Sabres has turned into more.

One day, they needed someone to fill in to videotape the game for the online broadcast, and that’s where it went. I was more than happy to help and while I’m still new to much of it, I feel good knowing that’s a skill I can add to my résumé. I’ve started helping with social media for the team, live-tweeting the games and doing occasional Facebook posts & the like.

This coming weekend, I’ll be trying my hand at the DJ game to fill in as we’ll have somewhat of a light crew for an upcoming game. I volunteered, not only because I want to try new things, but because it’s great to put myself out there in different ways and I’ll be darned if I don’t give it all I’ve got.

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