Another Life Lesson From the Rugby Pitch

Members of my career mentoring site will tell you that I repeat certain messages frequently…

  • Be resilient
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Honor your commitments
  • Don’t shy away from a challenge
  • Do what you think is right

This article features Chris Mattina, the son of close friends of mine, Dominic Mattina and Helen Yee.  Read it and you’ll see that he embodies each of these characteristics.

For years I’ve known that Chris Mattina is a great rugby player.  He has succeeded on the pitch at every level.  After reading the article I now know that he is a stand up guy who is willing to take on big challenges and see them through to completion.

Rugby is a big part of my life.  Chris’ father, Dominic — a pretty good player himself, and I met way back in 1972 when we were playing for the University of Pennsylvania side.  We’re still close friends today even though he lives in New York City and I in Denver.  Most of my close friends have some sort of rugby connection.  I’ll be heading off to a lunch of retired ruggers tomorrow.

But I learned many valuable life lessons on the rugby pitch that are even more important than the friendships I made.  I learned the importance of discipline, teamwork, commitment to a goal, how to win and lose graciously.  These were invaluable life lessons for me.  I’m better for them.  I’ve built a successful business on them.

So Chris Mattina, I salute you.  You make me proud to know you and proud to be a fellow rugger.

Your career mentor,


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