Do you also root for the underdog?
Let’s be more specific, I mean who doesn’t want to see an exciting game where the leaders are challenged…..but how do you decide who to root for? Do you want to see the favorite that everyone expects to win win or do you prefer to see the underdog take the victory?
Well I myself am kind of an underdog rooter, don’t get me wrong, I do have my list of favorites that often are at the top of the leaderboards, but that is because I see them for much more than just the superstars that they are! Here’s why:
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. This is a quote that every working man, woman, child and their dog loves, it makes us feel worthy and makes us feel like we the average Joe or Jane also will have a chance if we just keep working hard at it, right?
It is definatly up there in my list of top ten quotes! I mean why wouldn’t it be, it’s the thing that Hollywood movies are made of right? Ofcourse the other top 9 being quotes from Zig Ziglar, he is a motivational wizard, ;-)
I suppose I too see myself as an average Joe, or as my dad would always say to me “son you’re a plodder”.
I work hard and eventually over what seems like forever I start reaching my goals, that is of course if I don’t get discouraged and lose the urge to succeed along the way.
So I tend to fall into that category that hard work will pay off in the end but only if i keep plodding away at it, never giving up, fighting for it, and always believing I will succeed eventually.
The truth is that there is NOTHING average about the average Joe or Jane plodding away and getting it done! Most average people that feel diversity and defeat don't ever get up again and continue, because it is easier to quite.
Hey… let’s make a Movie about me!
Who wouldn’t love to see this…. oh, maybe the Talented guy’s I suppose, or atleast the talented individuals that haven’t made it in life, that would kind of be like throwing salt on a wound…what a bunch of wasted talent! Nobody wants to see a movie about wasted talent! Okay relax i was just kidding you wasted talent individuals and read on.
Which brings me to my next question, is there really such a thing as wasted talent? Well, we all remember growing up with those kids that just seem to excel in everything, and you always hear people mentioning how talented they are. Oh why don’t I have their talent I used to wonder! And then the majority of them somehow just disappear off of the grid, right?
What happened to them, maybe the talented individual that seemed to be so blessed with all these gifts, may never really have learned the ethics of how to work hard, because everything seemed to come to them so easily. You know that old saying about the Big fish in a little pond becoming the little fish in the sea.(or something like that) Well Maybe they were so used to winning all the time that when they met their match, they didn’t know how to deal with it.
Learning how to work hard is a gift that can teach you a lot about yourself, and can only be taught by experiencing it first hand.
So why didn’t someone teach them hard work then? Well there are probably a lot of factors involved to why they didn’t make it and hard work is only one thing, good guidance and coaching are a couple of other things that pops to mind off of hand. If you try at something and get knocked down and defeated and learn how to pick yourself back up again you will succeed. There’s no guarantee that you will become a superstar at that discipline you are attempting to succeed in, but it builds backbone, grit and determination and more importantly it teaches you mental toughness, so you will succeed in life!
In these days talent isn’t enough because the competitiveness at the highest of levels of sports is all about having self-image and grit. Believing in yourself when you’re having a losing streak and getting back out there to compete another day with the exact same enthusiasm as always is what it is all about.
And then there is the 10,000 thousand hour rule that many experts believe to be misunderstood and taken out of text. But for you readers that aren’t familiar with it, it basically was a very popular theory a couple years ago and has been written about and popularized in books like, the Talent Code and Outliers. It is a theory from swedish psychologist Anders Eriksen, stating that if you practice 10,000 hours you will achieve expert status in a skill.
The 10,000 hour rule pretty much says that anybody can become an expert, if they put in the time, well worth reading these books if you are interested in more about this.
But the truth is that even though it is necessary to put in the time as these books state, there are really a lot more factors involved such as Random practice vs. Block practice, and a whole lot more.
The more I learn and understand about elite sports in general, the more I believe too that it is what you’ve got on the inside that matters. WHY, good question, here’s why:
Because the world is full of success story’s of average Joe’s and Jane’s that eventually do something outstanding and when this happens I think everybody can respect, and admire the amount of hard work that was envolved for them to achieve their goals and succeed.
Not to take away the thunder from the talented superstars that also dominate the world of sports, because they have definatly also payed their dues to get to where they are and without a doubt have worked their asses off to get there!
Infact these so called talented superstars have achieved superstardom through sweat and blood too and I believe that they too deserve the respect for their achievements because it doesn't matter if you’re talented or the average joe, you’ve got to get your thing on! It’s what goes on behind the scenes that counts. You’ve got to both put in the quality time, and work on your mental game and how to deal with pressure, your physical game, constantly fine tuning and repairing your physical machine with fitness experts, chiro’s, physio’s, coaches, parents, and life!
So ask yourself if you are a plodder or if you are talented? I suppose it doesn’t really matter, because in the end even the talented individuals are also plodders! Talent takes hard work period! Nothing is given to you…… So if you really want something, don’t look at how green the grass is on the other side of the fence. If you really want something then get involved for the long hual! And most importantly BUCKLE UP, and enjoy the ride!
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