Like most sports fans I'm sick and tired of the Brett Favre stories. I'm not sick and tired about whether he is going to play again; I'm more sick of the teary goodbyes when he announces his retirement (see this video when he starts breaking up around the 27 second mark).
Anyway, I also started thinking, if Brett Favre wants to come back, why shouldn't he? After all...
- His whole life revolves around football
- He's been playing professional football for 17 years and if you add in college that totals 21 years
- He is still productive even though he has slowed down, after all he is almost 40
- Has never missed a game in his 17 years
- Companies still want him around as do his customers
That started reminding me of my former AT&T associates especially the ones that are still there. My old advice on this was that these employees should get out of that place because it is in a death spiral especially if you are located in NJ. Friends of mine that got out of there are doing just fine proving that there is life after AT&T. Some folks that left and took jobs with other NJ telecommunications companies (ex - Lucent) typecast themselves even more when they didn't learn new skills or a new industry. I often felt bad for these telecom drones in addition to the NJ employees of AT&T. Now I've had a little change of heart.
You see the old AT&T demanded a lot of your time, commitment, and most importantly loyalty. Nearly all of these employees gave it and in return we built friendships that lasted forever, had good jobs, and great rewards. A lot of people married co-workers ensuring AT&T talk and thoughts 24/7. Some people built skills by taking different jobs within the company and they used these skills when they quit or were laid off. Some folks still cling to their former cubicals. BTW - my wife and I still remember my telephone number from Basking Ridge (908.221.7723) even though it hasn't worked in 9 years.
Anyway back to Brett Favre and the obvious link to AT&T. Look if you like your job, you are still good at it, your customers and co-workers still want you, why shouldn't you stay there? As long as you can still perform and someone wants to pay you, what's wrong with staying in the ONLY JOB YOU'VE EVER KNOWN? Nothing. Nothing wrong at all.