STB Pillar 2: Passion
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I really love that quote by Emerson because it’s so true! To truly appreciate what he is saying we need to read it in all of its context:
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!
For most competitors, their passions are formed at an early age from the pure joy they experienced from playing the game. I agree. As the son of a college basketball coach, I was lucky enough to grow up around the game; but never did I feel forced to play. I just remember how exciting it was to be a part of my dad’s love for the game
Eventually, passion is what provides the personal motivation and drive to stay the course when the going gets tough. And if you stay in the game long enough those times will arise; but a deep love for what you are doing, and your teammates will always prevail.