After watching Marcus Buckingham’s video “Trombone Player Wanted”, I recognized I am fortunate in the sense that I get to be part of the 20% of people who get to play to their strengths daily.  When I first began college, I had decided on becoming a dental hygienist.  It did not take me long to realize this was not a path I was passionate about.  I continued playing sports in college and knew I wanted to educate students on the benefits of athletics.  There is so much more to sports and fitness then simply psychomotor skills. 

            Everyday I get to motivate, encourage and teach children about becoming physically fit.  I can share my passion for sports, competition, teamwork, lifelong health and how I have reached my dreams at age 23 due to self-motivation and focus.  My profession as a PE teacher, also allows me the time to coach multiple sports during the year, where I can also relay this passion.

            When I was hired at the high school, teaching health in a classroom was mandatory.  I had no intention of teaching in a classroom setting, the gym was an open environment and I had confidence in what I was teaching in PE.  Health Education is very formative and factual.  Everyday I was expected to know exactly what I was talking about, stand up in front of 30 students who completely depending on me to teach them these facts.  This put me in a “hole” for a few weeks prior to classes starting. 

            Instead of making the classroom setting stiff and uncomfortable for me (my weakness), I made it more open like the environment of the gym.  I allowed myself to be creative and enthusiastic, so now we create projects and have discussions supported with evidence instead of lectures.  This has made me grow through the use of my strengths and has allowed me to collaborate with my students to create an environment that works best for us as a whole.


Kyle Wise
05/14/2013 10:31pm

I have to agree with you one hundred percent on being one of the 20% who love what they do for a living. What is great about teaching physical education and coaching a sport is that you are put out of your "sweet spot" and expected to respond. There are times during a game when your players will look at your and need you to lead them. This is where I would have to disagree with Marcus about putting yourself in situations in the work place that magnify your strengths because in sports it is different. In sports if you have a weakness it will be exposed unless you work to improve that weakness until it is an area that won't hurt you. The same can be said with coaching when your team is in a tight spot and you as a coach have to respond quickly with the right play or a time out at the right time to kill the other team's momentum. If that isn't a strong point for you as a coach you have to turn it into one so that you do not panic when your team needs you to be sharp.

I enjoyed reading your post and will look forward to reading more of your work as we progress in our program.

Alan King
05/16/2013 9:55pm

I'm glad to hear that you were able to figure out what your passion was and am able to "play to your strengths" instead of going with dental hygienist. It is fun when your work had a different definition from other people idea of work.


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    I am 23 years old, a High School PE and Heath Teacher, Coach, and aspire to educate and challenge our youth to become the best possible individuals they can be!


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