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Wrestling with Doris – Graduate IT Employee blog

August 21, 2017

An article about how wrestling helps my journey of self development with Doris IT!

Hi, I'm Alex. I work for Doris IT as a Junior Business Configuration Analyst at Swinton Insurance. Well, that's my day job, by night, I go by the moniker of Alex Bentley, professional wrestler.
A lot of people have the same reaction to professional wrestling, "wait, isn't that fake?" And I totally understand that. Fake may be the wrong word but I know what they are trying to say. Predetermined would be a better way to phrase it, there is nothing fake about 90% of it, it's a predetermined theatrical fight.
If you are reading this and have no idea what I mean by professional wrestling, think of WWE? Hulk Hogan, The Rock, World of Sport etc. I hope that makes it clearer.
I got into professional wrestling because I was playing football every weekend and felt like it was more of a chore. I enjoy football but we lost every week and I just wasn't enjoying it. I thought to myself, what can I do that I enjoy? I knew I had always watched wrestling on TV and thought about giving it a go. I researched where I could start training and just went for it. 2 and a half years later, I wrestle in shows on a 1/2 monthly basis with a load of my friends in front of about 100 people and get paid for it! It's one of my passions in life and it helps keep me focused and keen to self develop.
There are a lot of things in professional wrestling that I bring with me to the workplace, not my spandex tights and suplexes, but more life skills that I have learnt and developed through it.
Presentation skills is one. In wrestling, I have to be confident enough to go out in front of people, remember a routine, improvise, speak to the crowd and make a bit of an idiot out of myself. This makes me confident enough to speak in front of people if I need to or think on my feet.
Another aspect is creativity and collaboration/teamwork. In wrestling, you get given a time limit and who the promoter wants to win, you then have to go off and come up with the rest of the match with your opponent. This involves bouncing ideas off of each other, coming up with what will complement the other person, fitting the other persons ideas into your ideas, comprising certain aspects and being on the same page when you are in the ring.
Communication is a big part of wrestling, you have to know exactly what the other person is about to do or what they are thinking. This involves communicating with each other during the match without the crowd seeing and in short sentences. It gives you the ability to condense a lot of information into a few words.
Trust – you have to trust your opponent, you are trusting this person to drop you down on your head without breaking your neck. If you can trust someone to do that, then you can trust a colleague at work. Adaptability – you need to be able to think on your feet extremely quickly if something goes wrong or not to plan. It enables you to adjust, change quickly and adapt to whatever is going on at that time.
Timekeeping – you have to keep to a strict time limit, if you over or under run then it impacts the rest of the show as it will have a knock on effect. This can help in work as you have to complete certain pieces of work in a given timescale. This goes hand in hand with punctuality. You have to be on time as you need to plan your match. If you don't arrive on time and prepare then your performance isn't going to be as strong as it could have been.
Working under pressure, this one is obvious. You are constantly under pressure to perform and put on a good show and make it look as realistic as possible.
As I have mentioned, there are a lot of things about the world of professional wrestling that you can apply to your work life. It benefits you in more ways than enjoyment and getting fit. You can see it as self-improvement, not only physically but mentally.
If you are still unclear as to what professional wrestling is, here's a clip of me at a recent show.

https://youtu.be/XIDoD108PJA

Thanks for reading.



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