In Life as In Sport as In Business

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Growing up, I was told that playing sports will give you skills and lessons that you can use in everyday life. As a matter of fact, I like to giggle at ‘reality TV’ since I don’t consider it to be very real at all. I personally consider watching sports to be the closest thing to reality TV.

In playing sports, you can learn:

1.      Team Work: Your coach and team mates are there to guide, support and mentor you. Family, friends, work colleagues and your boss (hopefully) do the same for you in life.

2.      Self-Discipline: To improve at a sport, to improve as a person or as a colleague, practice and repetition helps. Don’t be scared to be placed in a sticky situation. It will happen more than once and when it does; you will be prepared.

3.      Perseverance: Obstacles are something that you will meet everywhere. Opponents on the field, a friend who doesn’t want to travel or a co-worker who thinks your idea is faulty. Everything can be worked through as long as you try.

4.      Focus: It is very hard to attain something if you don’t make it a goal. That focus can be used to fuel your perseverance and get things done.

5.      Accountability: You are accountable to your team mates, coaches, and fans when you play sports. The team that you have developed around yourself will help to keep you true to your focus and your end goal.

Last Monday, a video surfaced showing Ray Rice punching his then fiancé Janay Palmer in the face, knocking her out cold. I guess that Ray Rice forgot the sport lessons of Team Work, Self-Discipline, Perseverance, and Focus. He is, I am very happy to say, learning now about Accountability.

Now, with the multi-billion dollar brand of the National Football League (NFL) tarnished, will Roger Goodelll follow suit and become accountable to the team owners? Only time will tell.

What did you learn from playing sports? If you didn’t play sports as a kid, where do you think you got many of your life’s learning?


(Photo credits from Left: Rob Carr/Getty Images, Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


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