Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Sports can teach you life's lessons

I learned that early and I'm still learning it.

I remember my high school football coach, Virgil Wells, telling me...

"Son, your job is to catch the ball. You have the ability. When the ball is the air, you treat it like it's yours. You focus on it. No distractions! You don't wait for the ball to come to you. You go and get it! Your focus on the ball should be such that you see the laces on the ball the moment that it's in the air."

Coach Wells' words have always stuck with me.

When I was younger, I used to wonder if he was talking about football or life's opportunities?

Now that I've gotten older, I realized that he was talking about both. Opportunity is just like that ball. Focus.

Even though Coach Wells is no longer here, I'm glad that he told me.

And I'm glad that I listened. Thanks Coach


Mizrepresent said...

FIRST! Ahahhaha, i did it. Now, secondly, i love this! FOCUS! Great post 12kyle, what i needed this morning.

Don said...

All coaches must give the same motivational rah. I remember my high school football coach repeating the same to our receivers. I have to admit it made perfect sense.

I also agree how the go-getter mentality can and should always be applied towards life, as well.

Lady K said...

I wish I could have gotten that speech when I was younger.

Might have done me some good back in the day.

Angel said...

To be honest I wish our teachers were more motivational. Great Post Kyle.

E.M.H. said...

Some of the best advice I received about life were from coaches :-) So many parallels!!!