I’ve been spending a lot of time in Lafayette with Matt lately. Since he is from Baltimore, today we watched the Ravens game. Of course his team had a good game and they are going to New Orleans in 2 weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone so into a game. Once they were up by 15 points, I fell asleep. Of course I was awaken from celebrations and excitement.
I guess I say all of that because I talk about passion and football is something that that many people can be passionate about. With the talk of the game one thing that was talked about is the Ravens overcoming adversity to get them to where they are. Now Matt gets to watch them play in the Superbowl which is going to be in New Orleans. It was fun to share in his excitement. Who would of thought in Lafayette, LA I would meet someone from Baltimore and get to hangout and watch the games? I sure didn’t. It’s been fun.
I think that sports teaches people to overcome adversity by competition. You can win when you have the right attitude and mindset and are persistent. The attitude you adopt about success plays a large role in the outcome of your success. When you see that success comes from within, you embrace the opportunities you have to achieve it and you put your thoughts and words into action. This reminds me of a book by one of my favorite authors Malcolm Gladwell in the book Outliers.
- “I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don’t work. People don’t rise from nothing….It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t.”
- “Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.”
- “Do you see the consequences of the way we have chosen to think about success? Because we so profoundly personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung…We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail. And most of all, we become much too passive. We overlook just how large a role we all play—and by “we” I mean society—in determining who makes it and who doesn’t.”
- “Practice isn’t the thing you do when you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
- “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”