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6 Traits You Can Learn From Fishing

Eric Chaump Lake Tahoe Mackinaw Lake Trout fishingI spent this last weekend at Lake Tahoe for the 4th of July and one thing I love to do when I’m at the lake (yes, we call it “THE” lake) is to go fishing.  While I was fishing, I started to think about ways I could compare fishing to your professional career.  In a previous post, I discussed the six traits you can learn from playing on your company softball team.  Well, this time I’m going to discuss the six traits you can learn from fishing.

1. Patience

Ahh the good ol’ saying, “Patience is a virtue.”  When it comes to fishing, patience is the very first requirement.  It doesn’t matter who you are or if you’ve ever fished before, if you can’t be patient, you won’t catch fish.

In your career, patience is important, especially in this economy.  If you’re looking for a job, you have to be patient.  If you have a job and you’re looking to move up, you have to be patient.  If you’re close to retiring, you have to be patient.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your career, you have to be patient.

2. Persistence

In addition to patience, you have you be persistent when fishing.  You could fish for hours and not catch a damn thing.  It’s frustrating, I know.  But if you quit, you’ll never catch anything.

The same goes for your career.  Finding a job can be stressful and so can sticking with a job you hate, but if you quit, you end up with nothing.

3. Optimism

Along with persistence, a good fisherman has the ability to stay positive.  If you set out on a fishing trip with the attitude that you’re not going to catch any fish, then why are going?

When you think about your career, are you optimistic?  Do you wake up everyday thinking this is where you’ll be stuck for the rest of your life?  If so, you need to find a way to stay positive.

4. Attentiveness

Being patient, persistent, and positive isn’t always enough when it comes to fishing.  Once you get a line in the water, it’s all about attentiveness while waiting for a strike, because a bite can be extremely subtle.  When fishing in a river setting, a gentle strike and a couple river rocks can feel exactly the same on the line if you aren’t paying attention.

With your career, if you aren’t paying close attention to the opportunities available, you’ll miss the ball and get stuck in a situation that you don’t want.

5. Sense of Accomplishment

Now comes the fun part, catching the fish!  After you’ve put in all your hard work, you get to experience that fuzzy feeling of accomplishment.  You’d be surprised how great it feels to go out and catch a few good fish.

This occurs in your career when you finally get that dream job or promotion you’ve been working so hard to get.

6. Motivation

Once again, I’m going to end on the topic of motivation.  Fishing is one of those hobbies that truly sucks you in.  With each fish you catch, you’re motivation to catch more increases.  For me, every fish I caught taught me something new and forced me to learn more about the hobby.  I was so motivated to catch fish that I did hours of research online.  I would check fishing reports, best fishing times during the day, best bait or lures for each spot, and a number of techniques to catch more fish.

Your career is kind of the same way.  Each accomplishment forces us to try harder to advance further.  Think about it.  Why do people go back to college or get a Master’s degree after being the work force for 15 years?  It’s because they’re motivated to do better and advance further in their career.

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