Hockey and Insurance
Hockey season is starting in Canada, and you can just feel the excitement around our national pastime. There is something about hockey that just captures the Canadian imagination, and brings us together to enjoy the athletics on display. It might be the smell of freshly rinsed ice, or the sound of the puck hitting the boards, but we like to think it’s the people, the camaraderie and stories, the highs and lows, that really make hockey incredible.
And to be honest, we see insurance as being very similar to hockey. I mean sure, no one will mistake me, as I sell auto insurance out of Belleville, for Sidney Crosby, but there are definitely similarities between the two. Much of what I learned playing hockey applies to the world of insurance!
The Person who Assists can be More Important The the Person who Scores
Wayne Gretzky is the undisputed greatest hockey player of all time, and for good reason. His resume includes basically every award imaginable – I can’t even replicate his statistical prowess in a video game!
But the Great One was not famous for his scoring (although he did a fair share of it), but instead his assists. He has more of them in his career than any player has points. And it’s for his ability to set others up for glory that makes him truely remarkable.
And that’s really my job in insurance. I’m not there to cash in on big savings, or to benefit when my coverage is done correctly – that’s all for you. I am the guy who sets it all up. My office is a regular office, not behind the net like the great one, but I believe we are kindred spirits in a sense. It’s all about setting you up, for the benefit of both of us. I don’t mind if you score, because when you score, I win. And I like to win!
It’s not About Getting hit and not Falling Down. It’s About Getting up After.
Every single person that has played hockey, or really any sport, has been knocked to the ground by another player. It doesn’t have to be a contact sport either, collisions in the outfield in baseball are brutal.
But when you play a sport, especially the contact ones, you know the hit is inevitable. What’s more important, is that you get up from it. Insurance is the exact same.
Claims happen, accidents happen and we are only human. You will probably experience several huge accidents in your life, and they can take a toll on you financially as well as mentally. Insurance helps you get up after these hits. Just like your shoulder pads and equipment, insurance absorbs the brunt of each hit, making it easier to get up and get back into the game. Because life, like sports, won’t wait for you to recover. It goes on, whether you are ready or not.
It’s a Team Game
The real beauty of hockey is that it is a group of 15-20 people working together to achieve something better for everyone. That camaraderie and trust is infectious, and it is the foundation for any successful organization.
Insurance is absolutely a team game. There are many different players who have different positions and roles to play, but if any one of them messes up the entire team loses. In insurance you have underwriters, claims adjustors, brokers, customer service representatives and of course, yourself.
It’s this team that will determine how effective your insurance is, and what kind of experience you will have if you ever have a claim. That’s why McDougall Insurance works so hard to get to know you, and why we go above and beyond the regular call of duty to make you happy. Because that is what good teammates do.