Growing up watching basketball, you have to feel for Grant Hill. After Scottie Pippen you don’t get so many folks that does well in all areas on the court.
Grant Hill was one of them. To do that, you got to have a certain level of intelligence.
But there are times you wonder why an organization will stick to a sick note like that.
Perhaps the person is just delightful off the court.
Bloomberg has a great piece on why Grant Hill as able to develop what look like a great second career in the finance field.
Surrounding yourself with people that keep your feet on the ground
Too many sportsmen made poor decisions that eventually cost them after their playing career.
Janet Hill also taught her son the value of a dollar, albeit unconventionally. As a 5- or 6-year-old, he was so rough on his toys that they would frequently break. Repeated admonitions didn’t change the behavior, so Janet Hill took action in what she described as “not one of my great moments.”
One Christmas she had her son’s toys repaired, repackaged and placed under the tree.
“He was shocked,” she said. “But he took care of his toys after that.”
Then there are some who doesn’t come out with the right competency to prepare them for what is to come.
Even more rare is that Hill recognized the value of an all-around Duke education, said his college coach, hall-of-famer Mike Krzyzewski. Even as an underclassman, Hill understood that his education extended beyond the court or classroom and included getting to know other students, the coach said.
“He didn’t want to live in just a sports world,” said Krzyzewski, who won two of his four national championships during Hill’s stay on campus. “He killed it here at Duke.”
“Even at a very young age he was more inquisitive, broader than a guy who was totally focused on his sport,” Guggenheim Partners LLC Chairman Alan Schwartz, a 1972 Duke graduate, said in a telephone interview, noting that their relationship began when Hill arrived on campus in Durham, North Carolina, in 1990. “It was clear that basketball was only one component of what made Grant special.”
Calvin Hill said his son has always been inquisitive, asking how and why, again and again, over and over, until he was satisfied. He recalled the time the younger Hill asked why ice forms on a pond, which led to a discussion — and more questions — about why the seasons change.
“He’s always trying to figure out how things are connected — and why,” the elder Hill said.
Obviously, Grant Hill had a leg up on most folks due to his connections and parents connections, but if you cannot achieve the degree that Hill does, following his blue print of tapping his Alumni, being inquisitive, networking more can make transition much easier into another career.
It also helps that we identify skills that can be brought over to different careers and polish them well.
Chances are if they are that portable, they are really beneficial in life as well.