As we enter the meat of December, I spent most of the weekend working on Premier Lacrosse League partnership roadmaps, head coach(es) marketing plans, as well as prepping for a series of production meetings at NBC in Stamford, CT. During a long stretch of work – just like preseason training – it’s important to press pause, reflect, and practice gratitude.
We often take on a lot, and feel overwhelmed as a result. Each week, I focus on and shift between: daily workouts, weekend games, creating media, running the Rabil Tour, and investing through Rabil Ventures. I reflected on Einstein’s wisdom last weekend, and realized that what generally drives me isn’t my need to do more, or “be the best” (Brene Brown calls this our “never enough syndrome“), but rather, it is my curiosity and love of learning.
This stick. Without it, I never would’ve been able to fulfill a dream of playing lacrosse for a living. It’s been a way for me to see the world, meet incredible people, hear unbelievable stories. It’s been a way for me to form friendships with teammates, coaches, and fans everywhere I go. It’s been a way for me to compete for a revered collegiate, professional, and international championship. And it’s because of this stick, that we’re starting the Premier Lacrosse League.
This week’s Pulse was written by my older brother, business partner, and former Dartmouth football captain, Mike. Given that it’s college football season, I thought the framework + life lessons would be particularly salient.
Over the past several week’s college students around the country have been returning to campus to begin Fall term. Many that have moved through the higher learning experience will cite the years as some of their best and most formative.
While celebrating America’s birthday this week, I’m reflecting on how fortunate I am to have won the birth lottery of being born in America at the end of the 20th century. I can likely attribute more of my personal growth, professional success, and athletic achievements to this than almost all other factors (somewhere a butterfly flaps its wings).
The Rabil Companies team recently added four interns to work through the summer months on a variety of projects (s/o Stu, Haley, Alex, and Sam). Adding to a team of six full-time employees, our intern labor force makes up 1/3 of our team. Some have worked with us in the past; others are joining us for the first time.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the U.S. in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers, fathering, and fatherhood. It signifies an opportunity to be with your father or father-figure, reflect on how he/she has provided, mentored, and in many cases, picked you up when you were down. And if you’re as lucky as I am, you’ll get a rare opportunity to be with that person to tell them you love them on this special day.
What I love most about meditation is the ability to become fully aware of the thoughts, ruminations, and feelings that pop up again and again. With MLL season in full swing, the FIL World Championships looming, and my travel/work/training schedule jam-packed, I’ve noticed that my meditation sessions are noisier than usual – I find myself fixating on one or two stressors, oscillating between them, for the duration of the 5- or 10-minute session.