The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
TPGF and Del Wilber offered confidence and support throughout my job search. By providing projects to keep me focused and involved in the sports and entertainment industries, TPGF kept my mind geared toward achieving m ultimate goal of finding employment within those industries. I was linked with Del Wilber through a member of TPGF’s Board of Directors, and Del took on a supportive, mentoring role from the very first conversation. Del went out of his way to help in any capacity he could, I could not have achieved this goal without him and TPGF.
The most important piece of advice is to first reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, and personal goals. From there, if you are willing to pay your dues, it is all about the four P’s: You must have an innate Passion for working in sports. You must be Purposeful in your job search and networking efforts. You must be Patient in your job search because it can be a long road. Most importantly, you must be Perseverant and see your goal through to the end.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).