Sports: The Mindset of a Champion

If you work hard at something, you get out what you put in.

Most people believe that the best sportsmen are born gifted and they became champions mostly because of talent. We notice their physical predispositions like size, height, agility. But behind the success stands huge effort. The best examples are sportsmen like Muggsy Bogues, 5’3’’ NBA basketball player, Pete Gray, the one-armed baseball player in the major leagues or Muhammad Ali who failed all measurements of a promising boxer (fist, reach, chest expansion, weight). All these people had character. They didn’t consider themselves as special ones. Only because of constant hard work, learning to keep concentration under the pressure, and stretching themselves beyond their ordinary abilities, did they make it to the top. You can apply this also to the world outside of sports.

The second important thing is staying on top. Sometimes it is easier to get there than to stay there for a long time. Sometimes the only talent can get you there, but you need a real character to keep working as hard, or even harder, once you’re there.

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