Willie Spears

The Right Fit

July 17, 2019

One thing I try to do each year is get a shirt for each teacher in our school. Some years we can and some years we cannot due to our budget. Raising the money is not the hard part. The hard part is getting the correct shirt size. Some people give you their goal size, not their true size. They know they should have a double extra-large, but they tell me they want a large. Then they say, “These must run small.”

The right fit is important. If the shirt fits, it will be comfortable. If it does not fit correctly, it will be uncomfortable.

I have counseled couples with marital problems and wondered why they were together in the first place. I sit there and think, “If you didn’t want someone who doesn’t have a job, why would you marry someone who doesn’t have a job? If you like to drink, why marry someone that doesn’t? If you are really into church, why would you marry someone that isn’t?”

You have heard the idiom “Square peg in a round hole.” By definition that is a misfit. When putting a puzzle together each piece must fit if you want to complete the puzzle. Two individuals may have several things in common; however they may not fit together. A person may have all the qualifications for a particular position; however their race, gender, personality, upbringing or skill set may not fit the clientele they serve.

The right fit can produce greatness. The right fit will help you thrive not just survive. The right fit has the potential to produce remarkable results. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick proved to be a much better fit in New England than he was in Cleveland.

Several television shows don’t make it because the cast does not fit well together. When you have a good script, good actors, and the right fit you have success. The Cosby Show, Cheers, Friends, Seinfeld, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Andy Griffin Show, I Love Lucy and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are examples of putting all the right pieces together.

When hiring coaches to work on my staff I use four C’s: Competent, Character, Calling, and Chemistry.

Competent: We want a person who knows their stuff. Someone who has worked on their craft and knows what they are doing. They study, go to conferences, and want to be the best.

Character: Whenever we plan on hiring someone, we look at their Facebook page. You can learn quite a bit by looking at their Facebook page or other social media. Social media usually tells me their temperament, level of maturity, religious beliefs, political views and their ability to handle adversity. It gives me a glimpse into their character.

Calling: In the world of education and amateur athletics, I believe the coach has to be called to this line of work. Teenagers will let you down. That’s what they do; it’s who they are. However, if you feel called to this profession you will not wallow in the pity of disappointment. You will remember you are called, therefore your energy and enthusiasm will not wean. You joy is found in the fact that you get to work in the area you are called.

Although all four C’s are part of the equation in finding the right fit, the most important is chemistry.

Chemistry: Most of us spend more time at work than we do at home. Therefore, we must get along with the people we work with. You don’t want to be the person that comes in the room and instantly everyone is upset that we came to work. Your team chemistry will determine your outcome. If the wrong chemicals are mixed together there could be an explosion.

I want to encourage you to look for the right fit in your relationships, job and church. Just like putting together a puzzle, the right fit takes time. Don’t settle, don’t rush and don’t force it.

Willie Spears is a teacher, coach, author, minister and motivational speaker. He has been awarded teacher and coach of the year. He speaks to thousands each year through his business The Willie Spears Experience. Willie may be reached at www.williespears.com.

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