Athletes good enough to play at the college level usually have a pretty healthy dose of confidence. At the same time, they’re in college, which means they’re under 25 and their brains haven’t reached full maturity. They may not be equipped to handle the entire spectrum of responses to their performance
I wonder how Jalen Hurts, for example, feels about his own fan-base questioning his capability, blaming him for the Auburn loss…calling him an “incompetent n*****”.
Now that Alabama has surprised some of its “fans” by actually making the playoffs, I wonder if he and the team will get the full-throated support they deserve.
Hurts is usually described as unflappable; I wonder if he’ll be able to block out all the negativity he’s bound to hear over the next few weeks and focus on what he and the team (who look to him as their leader) want to accomplish.
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” ~ Vince Lombardi
I write a lot about the struggles we face on the way to being who we are purposed to be…those experiences we experienced as negative when they happened that turned our lives around; the choices we made that taught us what wouldn’t work; the tremendous effort expended that didn’t turn out as expected but showed us what we were capable of.
Yet as parents, we often try to shield our children from these very experiences, which enable their development…to their and our detriment…
“Children learn to navigate risks—not through discussions or TV shows—but by actually taking risks.” ~ Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders.
When I think of some of the people I most admire, people who are applying their passion to a solving a problem in the world, it’s usually not just because of the amazing work they are doing. Or even their demonstrated courage to step out and live their dreams.
I admire the people I admire often because they’ve overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. Some have overcome low expectations, some have escaped the prison of poverty, and others have survived near death experiences…and their experiences seem to have made them stronger, resilient…fearless.
“Out of massive suffering emerged the strongest souls; the most massive character are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran