The Two Paths (Share With Your Players)

This past weekend, I was afforded with the amazing opportunity to coach a middle school aged camp in my hometown #Atlanta. The talent was truly special at this camp. The camp was Clay Dade’s Junior All-American Camp, the sister camp of Clay Dade’s Fab Frosh and Super Soph camps (look that camp up, unbelievable talent has passed through there, many NBA guys).

As I looked around such talented young athletes, kids who have a shot to play at schools like Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Kansas, or UCLA, and maybe the NBA, I kept thinking of two possible paths these young men would probably take. I want every elite young player to know that the second path described here is what I want with my whole heart for him or her. I’ll describe “The Path of Fools” and “The Path of Success”, and hopefully you’ll realize this applies to elite young athletes, and everybody at every age!

Path of Fools (AVOID IT!!!)

On the path of fools, the athlete surrounds himself with people his age. He has a “I know it all” mentality. They seek out people who leave them feeling good and complacent. They don’t listen to older and wiser people who have experienced success. They ignore their parents, the people who have the best intentions for the athlete. Marijuana and alcohol are cool to these people. They don’t understand that their success up to this point is largely because of natural ability, and neglect the fact that to stay at the top, it’s going to take work. They don’t read articles like this, and ignore the advice presented here.

Path of Success (TAKE IT!!!)

On the path of success, the athlete surrounds himself with people his age that are positive influences, as well as older people who live successful and respectable lives. He has a “I need to learn it all” mentality. They seek out people who challenge them and aren’t afraid to call them out when they are slacking. They listen to older and wiser people who have experienced success. They listen to their parents, the people who have the best intentions for the athlete. Marijuana and alcohol are the dumbest things on earth to these people, things that are wastes of time, distractions that are going to lead them far, far away from their goals and dreams. They understand that their success up to this point is largely because of natural ability, and understand the fact that to stay at the top, and to keep improving, it’s going to take work. They read articles like this, and take the advice presented here to heart.

I am cheering for you to take the path of success, whoever you are, wherever you are! Is there anything else you would add to these paths? I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments below or on twitter!

Cheering for you,

Mason Waters

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