For those of you that are not professional hockey fans, you might not be familiar with the Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, but you probably have heard of Wayne Gretzky, and if all the hockey fates align, McDavid should soon become as common a household name, stateside as well.
McDavid was not only a first-round draft pick this 2015 NHL season, but the first overall draft pick, and his coming up from the juniors hasn’t caused as much fervor in the media since Gretzky in 1982. For Canada, a star of this magnitude is like a professional athlete, screen icon, and true to life super hero all in one. You can only imagine the glorious abundance of groupies that are paying homage to this young icon through social media nationwide, with over 136 thousand followers on Twitter, and a dedicated fan Facebook page that was recently created as the NHL 2015-16 season kicked off.
McDavid only 18, as part of the Millennial Generation, the first generation that has truly grown up with technology integrated into their everyday lives staying connected and cultured with a constant stream of social media filtering through their fingertips all day long, has some sound advice for his peers when staying focused on your goals, “turn off all social media, turn off your phones, try to make the world smaller, go out and do stuff.” Huh?
As unexpected as it may seem from his generation, advice that he took to heart. He spent all last year in the junior leagues off social media, because he said it distracted him from concentrating on playing and his goals, and in hockey, we know literally, goals.
Now that he is in the NHL, he has reinstated his Twitter, and a Facebook fan page is up and running, so we can as devoted McDavid maniacs, follow and “like” his every move. Will it be distracting? Probably not, his point is more so for young people that haven’t accomplished a specific goal they are working on. For him, it was making it into the NHL, and making sure he did it with the best stats he could put up. And boy did he, during the 2014-15 regular season, he scored 44 goals and 76 assists, finishing third in the OHL, and during the playoffs, he scored 21 goals and 28 assists and led all players with 49 points.
What words of wisdom can we take away from such a young millennial when it comes to using your tech devices in life? When they become distracting to your goals, shelve it for a while, stop using it and stay off it. Get your goals in focus, work hard, go out and make it happen. Once you get to your milestone, go ahead and share it, Tweet it out, Facebook and Instagram it. Nothing is more gratifying than setting a goal and making it happen, and in McDavid’s case, we sure liked watching it happen, as with all the “likes” he will soon be seeing, as we continue to watch, and if the hockey fates do align, all hundreds of thousands of “likes” to come.
Robin L. Stockmar M.Ed.
Technology Integration Specialist