Coach’s Challenge for June 20, 2005

Good day, team,

Tomorrow is officially the beginning of summer and if you haven’t already scheduled some leisure time, it’s a good time to do so. In light of this, the coach’s challenge this week comes from the subject of fishing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how fishing is a good metaphor for life*. Your challenge this week is to read the following observations and see how these fishy truths relate to your work, your life, and your leisure time.

� “Go where the fish are. Once when I was fishing, I kept getting my line caught in an overhead tree, which prompted my partner to remind me, ‘You’re not going to catch many fish in a tree.’ The same goes for business or any other enterprise – you’ve got to go where the fish are if you hope to be successful.”

� “You don’t have to like to eat fish to like to catch them. And vice versa, I suppose. Some of the best fishermen I’ve known couldn’t stand to eat fish. Which illustrates a truism: that the chase is often much more rewarding than the catch. ”

� “Fishing has entered our language in ways that don’t have anything to do with fish. We fish for compliments. We fish around for information. We bait an opponent in a debate. We lure someone into an argument. We toss out a line in a speech. We are told to fish or cut bait when we need to make a commitment. We bite, or fall for things hook, line, and sinker.”

� “Fishing probably does not teach another virtue very well – telling the truth. The fish get bigger and more abundant the more their stories are told. Possibly that’s because fisherman have to be so optimistic by nature that they begin believing what they wish to be true.”

� “There are scenic spots all over the world [in which] to experience fly fishing, but we have to make the effort and spend the money to get there. It is easier to just stay where we are, and fish the places that we know, rather than take the risk and invest the resources in new adventures. In life, as in fishing, sometimes we need to get our of our comfort zones and expand our horizons.”

� “If something is suspicious, dubious, or shady, why is it considered fishy? Maybe because it smells.”

And finally

� “If people fished more and complained less, it would be a better world.”

Have a great week!

Kathleen

Kathleen Doyle-White
Pathfinders Coaching
(503) 296-9249

* Special thanks to Glen Dromgoole and his book, “I’d Rather Be Fishing: Some of Life’s Lessons Can Be Learned With a Fishing Pole,” for his insights.

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