I like this job advice from from Al Michaels, known for his years in the booth calling NFL Monday Night Football games. Here are Michaels’s words, reported by Chad Finn of the Boston Globe:
“I also remember something Curt Gowdy told me. Now, I loved Curt Gowdy. Curt was the person I patterned my career off, and maybe to a degree the style, and he did all the things I wanted to do. I did the World Series with him when I was with the Reds, and he said, ‘Hey, kid, you’re going to have a great career. But one thing: Never get jaded. Don’t get jaded.’
“I thought at that point, ‘What does he really mean by that?’ But as the years go by, you see what he was talking about.’’
“Curt told me a story about Mel Allen [a longtime Yankees broadcaster and the narrator of ‘This Week in Baseball’]. Mel Allen, as great as his career was, Curt told me he was always [ticked off] if he didn’t get an assignment. And you just can’t go that way. You have to always find the joy in it, and love sports, and I still do on both counts.
“It’s funny, at the beginning of my career, I hear, ‘Don’t get jaded’ in my ear. Toward the end, I get, ‘If you think about retiring, you’re already retired.’ So that’s a nice couple of philosophical bookends, right?’’
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