Plato had it right.
Personally, I do not see myself ever becoming an athletic director of a top tier athletically-focused college as the pressure would be in direct contrast with my beliefs and that of Plato’s. To be clear, the pressure is not the issue, it is the type of pressure that makes this decision easy.
If educational institutes put the same amount of pressure on Plato’s vision of sport in education, which is aligned with the spirit and rational soul instead of solely on appetite, like they do with the financial and comparative model that exists today, the world would be filled with more virtuous people.
For me, winning is everything, but I measure success very differently than colleges. To me, it’s about the student and their growth, not the result. It’s about the pursuit of excellence of self, not the comparison to others.
It’s about Areté.