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Right Up Your Alley

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

When I was a teen I had a conversation with my dad about my future career choices.

Since I was a little boy I was known as “Scotty the Scientist”, so clearly a career in the sciences made sense for me. So it was a surprise to my dad when I mentioned that I thought about becoming a police officer.

That dream was more based on my fantasies about being a hero than understanding the what the job would entail.

Right Up Your Alley – What You Do Reveals Who You Are Becoming 

Josh, my son, and I have had many conversation about his career interests.

Josh is smart and inquisitive.  He has many interests and loves to learn.

When Josh wanted to play football he wanted to play wide receiver. He caught hundreds of passes to develop his skills.

When Josh wanted to play baseball he wanted to play catcher. Josh worked faithfully to learn to bravely block pitches in the dirt.

When Josh found himself fighting for playing time at catcher he worked hard fielding ground balls so he would become an excellent third baseman.

One day Josh fielded 99/100 balls; only misplaying one ball.

While Josh never talked seriously about playing sports as a career, his practice and playing skills revealed his character.

Right Up Your Alley – What You Do Reveals Your Character

As Josh prepared for sports, works on cars, or helps his friends you can see his character shine.

What would you see? 
– Caring
– Dedication
– Discipline
– Hard-worker
– Humorous
– Initiative
– Leadership
– Loyalty
– Organized
– Self-starter

Right Up Your Alley – Find A Good Fit

Josh is working hard in production control, as a scheduler.  He’s good at his job, but his real passion is firefighting.

Firefighters are women and men with values.  It’s right up his alley.  This fall Josh began his firefighter training,

While Josh is not a firefighter yet, it seems right up his alley.

It helps to have a sense of humor:
– You have to be able to make fun of yourself
– Tell clean jokes that do not offend anyone
– Do not take things personally, have thick skin
– Be able to make the best out of the worst situation.

It helps to have initiative:
– Firefighters need to take instruction, and know what to do and when to do it.
Firefighters work as a team, but can’t be timid; it may be too late.

It helps to be organized – If you want to be a firefighter and especially if you want to ever be a company or chief officer, you have to be organized.

What’s Right Up Your Alley?

What hobbies have you enjoyed that reveal your interests?
What successes have you experienced which expose your strengths?
What dreams come to mind that reveal your ambitions?

And, who can help you find the right path?


Note – Some of the information used in this post came from 50 Character Traits Every Firefighter Candidate Should Possess

Bring on the comments

  1. I am so proud of you and Josh!! I am glad you have become who you are and who Josh is becoming. I love you both so much. I am blessed to have you both in my life.

  2. Thank you.
    I <3 U!

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