I was fortunate to spend an afternoon with the great Mark Glicini. Mark is a professional lacrosse player and a graduate of Yale University.
Mark and I were invited by the legendary Dr. Rob Gilbert to speak to a new group of educators in New Jersey.
Mark was focused, sharp, and extremely well-spoken. His message of mental strength and perseverance, as well as chasing your dreams was very inspirational.
During a break, Mark and I got to talk a little bit. He asked me about my book writing, and if I’ve missed officiating. I get this question a lot. Do I miss it?
My answer is always the same. I miss many of the guys, and I miss what I call THE EDGE. The edge of the energy. The edge of making those hard decisions. The edge of being the guy literally in the arena. The edge of all the action happening around you, and having to respond or not respond in the appropriate moment. The edge of people ferociously responding to your decision-making. Being on and in the edge of the action.
He paused and smiled at me. I said what? He said I tell my teammates every day in the huddle to stay edgy. He went on to share about keeping your head on a swivel and being ready for everything and anything that comes your way. About being on the edge of making a play or winning the game. Stay edgy.
I love the concept of staying edgy. Being ready for the things coming your way. Being prepared for the unexpected. Being your best through chaotic and stressful situations.
The term on edge typically has a negative connotation, but in our conversation together, both Mark and I found it to be a leadership skill. It was something that helped us survive and thrive through challenging times on and off of the lacrosse field and the basketball court.
Stay edgy my friends. Keep surviving and thriving!
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Thank you to Dr. Rob Gilbert and the Lenapee Valley school district and Superintendent Rossi for having me, Mark, and the other amazing speakers on that great day.
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