On October 1, 2017, I covered the Miami Heat’s preseason matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.
After the game I had the opportunity to interview head coach Erik Spoelstra, veteran Udonis Haslem and rookie Bam Adebayo about starting your career.
I asked coach Spo, as you enter your tenth season what’s the best piece of advice would you give to your rookie self? He shared he would have coached his first playoff series differently. The former Heat video coordinator still loses sleep over losing that seven game series to the Hawks.
He said he should enjoy coaching more and is very grateful to have Pat Riley as his mentor. Coach Spo expressed, he couldn’t had a better set up to prepare him to be a head coach. He concluded by saying you have to go through making the mistakes.
Adebayo said patience will be the key in starting his career. He must not be selfish and learn from the veterans.
Haslem told me to be a sponge and absorb everything. He added to never be afraid to ask questions and stay focus and confident. There will be ups and downs, but don’t ever give up on what you are trying to accomplish.
Overtime with Daphnie:
Whenever you are starting something there are always a mix of emotions. In my case I’m always nervous and excited, however, sometimes fear takes over. I’m a very determined person, but I was afraid of failure. Especially, in this business I can’t tell you how many times people told me I won’t make it, let alone get in this tough and competitive business. I’m always told I need to have a plan B, because it’s nearly impossible.
When I turned 22, this past summer I told myself I won’t listen to the critics or the doubters and I will face everything and rise. I promise myself I will pray until something happened, seize every opportunity, put myself out there, and to never get discouraged.
I thank God everyday for the person I am now. As you may know my father died 10 days before graduation. I just started to apply for reporting jobs and was looking forward to starting my broadcasting career.
However, from April 2016- March 2017, I was experiencing one of the lowest points in my life. I was grieving the lost of my father, while still receiving rejection after rejection emails, and stressed over if I was going to get admitted to graduate school because my graduate record examination score didn’t meet the requirements.
After graduation, nothing was going right in my life. I didn’t receive any job offers and obtaining a Master’s degree online was something I no longer had interest in. I’m not even going to mention what was going on in my love life.
On February 2017, I considered a career change and to drop out of school. I still had faith in God, but I no longer had faith in my dreams. April 2017, I decided to revamp my resume and take one more shot at this. Nothing worth having will come easy.
Since turning 22, I have received so many amazing opportunities that I can’t wait to share with y’all. I just had to learn to let go and trust God. He knows the plans he has for me and everything will happen when he knows I’m ready. It took over a year to finally start my career and I still pray for the things I have now.