Our guest today is from one of the hardest working guys we’ve met. A former college pitcher at West Virginia University, and Randolph-Macon College, Ryan is pushing every day to find his limits as an athlete and individual. Currently a pitcher in the Indy ball circuits, Ryan spends the winter training hard at Cressey Performance and improving the lives of others working as a strength coach in the Boston area. Featured on our site >>before,<< here are some more wise words from Ryan.
“Don’t be a hero”
Most of you reading this played sports when you were younger or still continue to play. Many of us have been in situations during games when our coach would yell out something like “Don’t try to be a hero.” These words just scream self doubt, fear, and mediocrity. Why can’t YOU do the job? Who says you aren’t capable of producing that game winning hit or executing a fastball on the inside corner?
Oftentimes in life people look to others to take action on tasks that they are quite capable of accomplishing themselves. It’s situations like these that help to build our character and shape who we are. I think it’s more important to experience success and failure first hand than to hear about it from others. Say, for instance, that you are in a close ballgame and the bases are loaded. Why wouldn’t you want to be the pitcher in that situation? Because of fear of failure? Because you don’t want to let your team down if you give up the game winning hit? The truth is, those are valid reasons why a person may shy away from situations similar to this one. But wouldn’t you rather be the one to WIN the game as opposed to looking at it from the other point of view? I think we view these transcending moments during athletic events as chances to fail rather than opportunities to succeed. As an athlete you have to have that warrior mindset. Be the teammate that puts the game in his hands. Don’t let someone else do the job that you could have done. Be the hero and thrive on those rare opportunities to show what you can do!