Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Who Would You Hire From BJJ

I was talking to a friend who also trains BJJ and we were discussing if BJJ improves you as a person, which it definitely can. He was telling me about all the positive aspects of training and so forth.

He's trained for many years and trained at a couple of different schools and knows a lot of people. I asked him out of all the students he's ever met through BJJ how many of them would he hire to work for him? He was talking all theory but when I asked him if he had to apply it, they could be great workers but are they he had to think. Then he thought some more. Then he gave me one name as a maybe... Even if all their skills for the job could be taught to them, he could only come up with one name as maybe as far as people who wouldn't possibly make him look bad.

Now some may out of friendship or affinity be willing to give his friend a job no questions asked. Some may see their passion, work ethic, dedication with BJJ and assume that it they will have that same passion and dedication in the position you gave them.

This is business though, you have to be objective. You have to stake your reputation on them and of course profit. What if it was a multi-million dollar company? And let's be honest. If they are that passionate about BJJ, they are passionate about BJJ, why would they be JUST as passionate about the number crunching job? Or work as hard? They will still work just as hard and be passionate about BJJ whether you get them a job or not, if nothing else they may see you as more understanding. What would you do if they tried to get out of work early, or everyone else was putting in overtime but they left to catch practice, or were watching youtube or on the forums all day. Or took time off to travel and compete. It doesn't even have to be BJJ, would you hire anyone obsessed about anything? I know several people who lost their jobs because they spent all their time on World Of Warcraft. What if they spent as much time and passion and dedication on (fill in the blank). Usually the best employees are people who are committed to their jobs or committed to success or some base level of comfort. A lot of BJJ guys are willing to live on the mats, they don't need to have a nice condo and because it is a young man's sport, most of them don't have family to worry about. Usually the greatest motivator is having no safety net but a lot still train under their parent's dime as well.

It's kind of like hiring a musician. You know he is always trying to make it, play gigs, coming into work tired, etc. Could they make a great employee still? Sure. Would you still hire them knowing this? If things like that didn't matter people wouldn't take down their Facebooks or blogs during interviews.

There is a saying parents say to their kids, burn the bridge, burn the boats, or burn the house. It means leave the house when you become an adult, because if you try to come back there will be no home to come back to. Succeed and plant your seed and make your life. There always seems to be some safety net with a lot of the 18-25 year olds.

BJJ is as much a head game as it is a physical game, but for a lot of people they seem to let that inner part go right over their heads and focus on just the physical, the social life, and only BJJ for BJJ's sake. Not BJJ to help you in the art of learning, making you more efficient at absorbing information, or social interactions, or teaching and public speaking, or a host of other things it can make you good at if you tried to apply it in different ways. BJJ can enhance your life or become your life. Your life is your life. As Howie Long said, his playing life is very small, his real life, his life as a husband, dad, provider, is huge. This is someone who got paid millions to play and started playing that sport and learning about it out of the womb.

Another thought I had was if its so important for so many people to train BJJ all the time, why do they try to get an undergrad degree or a grad degree they never plan to use that also would get in the way of training and then BJJ training keeps dragging out college and making it more expensive? Why not go to a trade school and become an electrician or AC repair, train all the BJJ you want, save time, work when you want, and you can easily then later become a teacher as well and you can handle some of your own handy man work. Not only that you work for yourself so you can take the time off for tournaments or what not.

This may ultimately be a regional observation as California is a hotbed for BJJ and competition and you so often see people give up everything for BJJ.

According to a BJJ friend Chris Sarda, it would be better to take good employees and introduce them to BJJ to make them better employees. But seeing a good BJJ player and hoping the evidence of dedication to BJJ will translate to a dedication to their job might be a big risk.

They bring in musicians or speakers or improv guys to speak to employees all the time. So teach them elements of BJJ, for teamwork, problem solving, creativity, thinking outside of the box, controlling what you can and not what you cannot, now you are using inner BJJ.

1 comment:

  1. If we're talking about people who train BJJ and all the time it takes to be good at it, then I agree with you. They simply wouldn't have the time to be good dedicated employees.

    But as far as strategic skills, in theory they would be great employees if one could divert that passion for bjj into their new job.



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