This one’s really quick but I wanted to get this out since it happened pretty recently 🙂 A few months ago, I joined my school’s track team and I currently do pole vault and long/triple jumps. For those of you that don’t know what they are, here’s a quick video.
Obviously, these guys are really good and I’m nowhere close but track & field is a really interesting sport. Unlike tennis or soccer where you go against the other teams, track is a sport in which you face your past self and try to beat your past scores/times.
Anyways, just the other day during track practice, my pole vault coach told me and a couple other kids from pole vault to go join the sprinters and do running training with them. So, we ran over to join the runners in their workouts.
At this point, one of my pole vault friend was complaining. “He sent us with the runners because there were too many people vaulting and we suck the most out of all of them,” she said. “I don’t like [the pole vault coach]. He favors students.” Her remark completely took me by surprise because I never thought about it like that. Of course, I knew that we weren’t the best vaulters on the team. And she’s right, maybe he didn’t have enough room to coach all of us so he sent us with the runners. But to complain like that when you’re lacking skill and there’s way more room for improvement is incomprehensible.
It’s really simple. Coaches want the best players and if you suck, you’re not needed for the team. You have a couple choices here: a.) complain about every possible thing you can name and blame your poor skills on others, b.) work your butt off until you get to where you wanted to be, or c.) just have fun regardless of whether you can play or not.
Basically, just don’t complain. When I look around me whether I’m in tennis, track, tae kwon do, or any sports—the people who work hard are never on bench. I’ve never seen anyone that worked hard and their effort wasn’t rewarded in some kind of way. The difference in mentality between people will lead people to completely opposite directions one day. If you suck at a sport, if you’re failing in school, if you’re not doing so hot with your friends or family—take it all in, admit that you have some room for improvement, and work hard if it’s something you really care about.
Have a nice night!