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You might think such an activity is a silly waste of time. But I counter that Fantasy Football builds some of the essential qualities that make for a good change agent.
1: navigating uncertainty — There’s lots of anticipation leading up to the start of the season. There are so many unanswered question. Who improved since last season? Who will now be past their prime? How will playing time and opportunities be divided between players? Navigating uncertain situations such as this is something change agents do on a daily basis.
2: adjust course (change happens) — Once the seasons starts, the uncertainty continues. Players get injured, suspended, traded, or benched. All of which lays waste to your meticulously groomed plans when you started. As Heraclitus said, change is the only constant. Being able to deviate from your plan to overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities is what separates good change agents from wannabees.
3: play the odds — With all the possible options to choose from, it’s easy to get the deer in the headlights feeling. How do I know who to start on my roster? What if you make the wrong choice? If someone offers me a trade, how do I know if it’s not going to make my team worse? You have to make the best decision possible with the imperfect information you have at the time. And choosing not to choose, is still a choice! Being comfortable with these kinds of decisions is one of the best real life skills you can develop in our quickly changing world.
What are your thoughts? Are there other great hobbies to pair with being a change agent?