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work together

Happy Monday! Welcome back, and I hope you had a great weekend! Last week, prior to the video recap, I wrote two blog posts: “weigh the pros and cons” and “focus on what you can control.” If you didn’t get a chance to read them yet, check them out! An interesting thing happened yesterday that inspired the message for today’s post: work together.

Have you ever had a plan go totally wrong from the get-go? Yesterday I attended one of the Villanova Alum Club’s semi-regular game watches (against Marquette). The game watches are held at a fun spot in Culver City with anywhere between 20-40 alumni showing up to cheer on the Wildcats. As I am based on the West Coast, any east coast afternoon broadcasts end up airing as morning games. Yesterday’s game against Marquette was no different with its 10 AM start.

When several other alums and I showed up for game time, there was a miscommunication and the bar/restaurant was not yet open. The cleaning crew welcomed us in anyway, got a hold of the bartenders, and told us we were free to figure out the TV situation.

The technology that goes into setting up multiple TVs and a sound system/DJ booth is truly amazing. It’s complex and anyone who set all that up and get it to work deserves all the kudos. My Villanova friends and I walked into a situation without any of us knowing how it all worked, but we ended up getting half the TVs and the sound system to switch to the Villanova-Marquette game. We used process of elimination and common sense to match the remotes up with their corresponding televisions, we got down on our hands and knees to change channels when the remote didn’t work for the DirecTV boxes, and we figured out how to match the appropriate sound dial to the corresponding TVs based on trial and error with the other alumni actively listening to help us out.

The four of us who worked specifically with the technology to get it all figured out contributed in different ways - each playing a part in reaching the greater goal. We found a way to make sense of a handful of remotes, 10 different DirecTV boxes, and a DJ sound system that controlled which TV sound projected through the speakers.

It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, and there were a lot of missteps and a lot of confusion. Not everyone is going to have the same skill sets. Some people were better at certain things than other people, but by working together to achieve a common goal, we were each able to communicate the important information to each other - much like Villanova was able to do in order to beat Marquette. Go Cats! WhooshGo!

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