5 Lessons Athletes Learn from Sports

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5 Lessons Athletes Learn from Sports

I began playing sports at an early age. It began with soccer and baseball and then expanded into football and basketball. I even wrestled for a season or two. In high school, I focused primarily on football and baseball, and baseball in college. I have always loved being an athlete, and I have always been appreciative of the lessons I learned from playing sports. These lessons have served me well in all aspects of my life including business and being involved in my community.

1. Hard Work: If you want something in life you’re going to have to make sacrifices that others may not be willing to do. 

2. Practice your craft: No matter what sport it was, if you wanted to get better you had to practice. This is the same in anything you want in life. There are no short cuts. There’s no magic words. Being great at something takes hard, consistent work.

3. Teamwork: A lot of the sports are team sports. When can teach kids how to rely on others, to work toward something that cannot be done alone, and at times be selfless.

4. Leadership: How to encourage, pick up, and educate others. There’s so many opportunities in sports to be a leader. You never have to be the most talented to be a leader. 

5. Losing: this is the toughest part, but you’re not going to win every game/contest. When you lose, losing with grace and dignity is an important lesson to learn. Regroup, make corrections, and prepare for the next game. 

I’m so thankful for the valuable lessons sports taught me at a young age. I’ve been able to use these lessons in almost all areas of my life. 

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Josh Daniels is Vice-President of True Athlete Performance and the head strength and conditioning coach for Bishop Walsh High School boy’s basketball program. He has devoted the majority of his career to training multi-directional speedand he’s been performance coach and consultant for 50+ high school teams spanning football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. Daniels is graduate of Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and he is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).