3 Things I Learned from Sports
Sports are a part of every day life whether you like it or not. Flip on the news Monday morning and they will have a least a little skit about Sunday’s football game. Go to math class and maybe you’ll find a problem talking about how many homeruns Johnny hit in his baseball career. Sports are around. I, personally, played baseball for my whole life so that is what I am going to base my knowledge off of. Just remember that any sport can teach you multiple things.
What Can it Teach You?
When I first started playing sports I was basically an infant. I first picked up a baseball glove around two years-old and that sparked my baseball career. From then on I saw baseball as a hobby or an activity that would keep me away from video games.
What I didn’t realize was that when I was older, much of my personality and way of life would be derived from playing baseball. The way I see it now, baseball has taught me three key characteristics that, I believe, have provided me with the success I have achieved thus far in my lifetime.
1. Work Ethic
If you want to be successful in baseball, or in any sport for that matter, you need to go to practice, right? You do need to go to practice but that is only half the battle. In order to succeed, you need to put in the work. A lot of times you’ll hear the expression “going through the motions.” This is something I heard a lot of my peers but never of myself because when I would practice, I would give 100%.
In order to succeed, you need to put in the work.
If you don’t go to practice to get better, you never will. It’s as simple as that. The conceptual side of going to practice to get better can directly be applied to school or a career. For class, if you don’t go, you won’t learn. Or if you do go and don’t pay attention, you still won’t learn. A lot of people say they go to class but they are only physically there. Mentally they’re worried about Twitter or Instagram. #Distractions
Throughout elementary school, I had a special word with my guidance counselor. That word was ‘Perseverance.’ I didn’t know it while I was playing baseball but it would be the biggest supporter of attaining perseverance in my lifetime. Having baseball as something I loved and held highest of my values, it was fairly simple to keep working at it over and over again until I got it just right. Little did I know that that would be the benchmark of my persevering.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Those words ring in my head when I’m beat up, sweaty and ready to quit. I knew that if I put in that extra 15–20 minutes, I would not only achieve the results I wanted, but I would also have the leg up on my competition. After all, getting ahead of your competition is the driving force in a decent amount of businesses these days, right? Looking back, that extra 15–20 that seemed like the world back then, is only a split second of my steps to success today.
Patience is the value that I only recently acquired. As a player, patience for the game is necessary but that is almost instinctual. But wait, I just said I recently attained patience, am I dumb? No. Patience while a player of the game is easy to attain; patience to teach the game is a little more difficult to come by. I recently took a job as a head coach of Prospect Training Academy. As a head coach there, I had the task of teaching 15 and 16 year-olds the game of baseball. Now, most of these kids had been playing for a long time. Given the experience they had, many of them thought they knew everything about the game. This could pose an issue when a 19 year-old is trying to demonstrate a drill to a kid who is a few years younger — authority can be in question. Needless to say, my patience was tested more than once this past summer.
The Great Thing About Sports
This is my personal experience with sports. It is definitely not the only set of skills attainable from playing sports. I encourage you to not only look at sports for skills you have procured, but also to look at daily situations: homework assigned, exercising, helping others. Everything has a specific skill etched into it waiting for the right person to dissect it.