Bill Gosse youth sports column: Hard work and sacrifice leads to excellence

5:51 PM, Jun. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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With the possibility of 20 Major League Baseball players being suspended for 100 games for their dealings with an organization tied to performance enhancing drugs, it makes me wonder what we are actually willing to do to succeed.

I understand that some of these players may be found innocent, but the fact that Major League Baseball even has to investigate things like this is a testament to the world we now live in.

In the old days, the most successful athletes almost always were the ones who worked the hardest. Of course, there were talented exceptions, but success was attained by expending honest, good old-fashioned sweat.

I remember the stories of what former NFL great Walter Payton put himself through in order to be in peak condition. He would run countless 65-yard sprints on the sandy banks of the Pearl River in Mississippi during the hottest parts of the day because he believed his workout would strengthen his legs and help him make better on-field cuts when running full speed.

Even in our own lives, it seems the majority of people want to take the short-cut to everything, including weight loss. Whether it's some magic pill, potion or surgery, people aren't necessarily willing to adopt new eating habits and workout routines.

We don't have the patience to do things the right way and the fast food mentality has consumed us.

In the name of winning, we had a Rutgers basketball coach verbally and physically abusing players, we have tennis parents spiking their children's' opponent's water, we have youth football coaches gambling on games or teaching improper blocking mechanics to gain an advantage and not be caught, we have intimidating racism in European soccer where fans bring bananas to make fun of athletes and we had the NFL with its concerns over bounty incentives. We even have NASCAR getting into the act with race teams pushing the envelope on car aerodynamics and parts usage.

There is an organization called The House of Speed, founded by former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe, who played for teams that went to 6 Super Bowls.

His organization has helped over 40,000 youths maximize their speed and athletic talents, while teaching morals, values, work ethic and a never-say-die attitude.

When participating in a one-on-one or group training session, it is made very clear athletic excellence is not accomplished by simply showing up and/or taking drugs, it comes through sacrifice and hard work.

When we give our all in working toward athletic success, we find out quite a bit about ourselves.

We find out how we handle adversity, we discover what our work ethic is really like and we determine what kind of character resides inside of us.

Shortcuts curtail the natural learning process and teach athletes to ignore the journey and focus more on the prize. This can create impatience and frustration.

Write down your goals, get to work and enjoy the journey. It may take time, but it will be worth it.

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