My Journey from the Basketball Court to the Trading Floor IV

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The Crucial Realisation: This is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Tyler Bernardini: Finding Success in New Places
Tyler Bernardini: Finding Success in New Places

In the 4th instalment of Tyler Bernadini’s journey from Professional Basketball to the Trading Floor he muses over the part patience plays in his career development and finds solace in the realisation that he’s in this for the long haul.

Week 4

If you can think back to the first game you had at the highest level, think back to what you thought you knew about the sport, the strategy, what it took to be successful and then fast forward to the last game you played. I am sure you realise there is a massive knowledge gap there. In my case I realise that I didn’t have a clue, and I was about to embark on a career that would make me an expert in the game.

I am back at the start now, my first few weeks of the season in my rookie year. I am learning an incredible amount each day, I want to do more than I am capable of doing. I want to move faster than I should, and as a competitor I hate knowing I am not at the same level as the majority of people on the floor. However, I have been through the process before. I know what the path looks like, and I know there are no shortcuts to get where I want to go. I need to be patient with myself and the process, but at the same time put in the work to cut down on the time it takes to get me where I want to be… the best.

As a player, you don’t get there early, put in extra sessions in the gym just to be another player. You do it to be the best. That same drive exists, the arena is just different. It is a new challenge and I am starting to create a foundation for the kind of career I want to have.

Tyler’s Basketball Masterclass

Week 4 Takeaway

  • Invest in the people around you.
    • As someone who is not only new to the company, but also the industry as a whole I am trying to absorb the knowledge from all those around me. Ask questions, even if they seem stupid or elementary. However as you hope to gain something from those around you, you have to give a little back.
Sights Firmly Set of His Goal
Sights Firmly Set of His Goal

2nd Month

I wanted to give some gap between blogs, to give a different perspective than just the introductory weeks in the role. I have just completed my 2nd month in this new career and am truly settling into the role: taking on responsibility, developing ownership of various tasks, and most importantly soaking up information at every opportunity. The completion of my second month has lead me to an important realisation, this is a marathon not a sprint

In sport, if you are lucky, our careers are 8-12 years in total. Seasons are about 8-10 months long. Your ability to go from a 2nd string player to a starter can happen in a week or few weeks’ time. If you want to improve, you can put in the work and shortly after, you can generally see the results in your skills, strength, or athleticism.

Outside of sports, the lifecycle of all of these aspects is far longer. Careers last 50 years, there are no seasons, and the mobility of your position is not weeks, but sometimes years. As an athlete, we are trained to have little patience, to demand perfection every day and tolerance of any mistakes are minimal. There is a growth and development professionally, of course, but what the completion of this second month has taught me is the following: it takes several years, if not more, to really develop a mastery of this dynamic space, or for any new career for that matter. One colleague told me they didn’t have a coherent thought on the markets for 6 months.

The only person expecting me to be perfect is myself, therefore I need to learn to have patience with my development. The challenge is great and coupled with my passion for the job itself is an incredible motivating factor. The fun continues, and I look forward to sharing more of my journey as it unfolds…

2nd Month Takeaway

  • Ask questions!
    • As you embark in a new role or new internship, realise that no one expects you to know everything, but people also don’t know how they can help if you don’t ask. It is far worse if you go about a task with minimal information, when you could have clarified from the start.
    • Don’t pretend, or act like you know because it seems like you should know. Accumulate the knowledge of those around you by asking questions, get all of the information and truly develop comprehension rather than just getting by.

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