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Do I really look like a guy with a plan?

So often I write a profile story on someone, and many times the subject had no plans whatsoever to achieve what they have.

When they were young and starting to build lives for themselves, they had other aspirations.

I’m always reminded of the proverb, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes steps.”

It’s OK to make plans; it’s human nature to do so. But how many times have the plans you’ve made in your life turned out exactly how you thought they would?

This past week I wrote stories on two such individuals. Twenty years ago, Hardaway High School boys head soccer coach Rick Iden wanted to coach football. To this day, he describes himself as a football coach coaching soccer.

He came on as an assistant football coach in 1993, and assistants were required to coach one other sport, Iden said.

He wasn’t an expert in soccer, but he was one in conditioning. His team had more than enough talent to make up for his lack of experience. He applied football principles to soccer and built an elite high school program that has averaged 15 wins per year since 1993. Iden celebrated his 300th win Monday and said he still has under 100 losses.

Iden wasn’t needed in football. He could have just been another coach in that sport, but he changed the game of soccer locally.

“He elevated the high school play in Columbus,” one of his former players said.

As I watched him talk with his former players Monday, it was clear they were his highest achievements in his mind. They are now lawyers and doctors and family men, Iden said. Where would they be now if Iden had committed to football?

Chris Young, a senior at Smiths Station High School, is 6 feet 4 inches tall with long arms, an ideal basketball frame. He gave that sport up to concentrate on wrestling and football. He grew up playing basketball, but until his junior year, he hadn’t played football nor had he wrestled before.

Now after just a year of playing in high school, Young will play football for Point University.

For some people like Chris, they choose to go out on a limb and try something new and that ends up being a major part of who they are.

For others, it’s funny how sometimes the things we used to say we’d never do are what we end up doing.

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