Here is what I have come to realize from my experiences and learning from others about “making it.”
When you feel you have become great or feel you are on top of your industry or sport or you feel you have “made it” you must stay humble! You must remember the hard work it took to get there, the everyday grind, every practice, every meeting, every early morning or late night, your work ethic. When you get to the point that you feel you have “made it” that’s actually where it all begins. If you think you can change your work ethic, change your hustle, change your grind or your mindset and still remain at the top, you’re wrong! You have to hustle more, work harder, practice longer, work longer and grind more than you ever did. Once you get complacent and let your accomplishments become bigger than you are, once you forget about what it took to get there and you start allowing yourself to slack because you “made it” that’s when you lose it all. That’s when it all starts falling apart and all those years of hard work are gone and you are back to where you started. Don’t fall victim to the mindset of I “made it.”
That leaves me with one last point. Don’t forget who helped you get there. Your family, your coaches, your leaders, your teachers, your mentors, your friends and the faith that you believe in. If you work hard at what you are passionate about, you will “MAKE IT!” #begrateful
Stay humble my friends!
As I sit here after a sporting event I attended today, I reflect on some of the things that caught my attention.
A team is built like one unit, the unit depends on each other to do their part, to support each other at no cost, win or lose. If you don’t do your part it hurts the team. If you don’t give your all it hurts the team. With that said, if you are a team member who plays the blame game because a mistake is made or your team didn’t win, you are as bad as the team member who didn’t do their part. Under no circumstances should you gather around other teammates and blame another teammate and think that is going to make your team or the other teammate stronger. You should be supporting each other and talking among yourselves about what went wrong and what you can do to get better. Playing the blame game only pulls the team further apart, when you should be coming together as one. Pick your head up, support each other and move on to the things that are going to make you a better team and teammate. By no means am I saying don’t be disappointment but by all means I am saying do not play the blame game, ever. Be a great teammate.
On the other end, if you commit to be part of the team, then you should commit 100% of yourself, 100% of the time, no matter if you are last or first. Value yourself and the other teammates who have fully committed themselves to you and the team.
And then there is this…
If you have committed 100% of yourself, for yourself and for the team, then there is nothing else you can ask for. Win or lose, be proud of yourself and do NOT let others bring you down. Let the things that matter, matter. Let all the other stuff role off your shoulders. Keep building yourself to make yourself and your team better. STAY 100% COMMITTED. It’s worth it, I promise!
As adults that are put into positions that allow us to be around young men and women, it is our responsibility to protect them from not only the things that they can do to hurt themselves but also from people who may be a bad influence on them, lead them down the wrong path or maybe even hurt them. It is our responsibility to be the responsible one and make the responsible choices that keep them safe. We can do all we can do to protect them and things are still going to happen, its just the way it is. But what we can do is, not set them up for possible failure. We can’t put adults in positions that they don’t deserve or have not earned or who have showed that they can’t handle the responsibility of protecting our youth. The youth of this world is at risk everyday because of all the evil that lies and waits to attack or influence them in the wrong way. We must keep them from this evil, allow it not to associate with them. We must not bring it into our community, into their lives. We must give them a fighting chance to make it and feel protected, so that they can focus on the things that matter the most to them right now. Them! Their education! Their innocence! Their life!
As an adult who is honored to be put into one of these positions and as a dad of two young children, I take this very seriously. I get worked up and a little emotional when I talk about this because I am very passionate about it. I take my leadership role around youth, pretty serious. I probably protect the kids around me more than I should but I would rather over protect them, then allow a single thing to hurt them, mistreat them or lead them astray.
This is my responsibility, this is our responsibility as adults.
We owe this to them.