“Everything I’m not, makes me everything I am”… Kanye West
It sounds silly to think about this, but are we fully aware of what we are good at when we are born? I mean think of this as a one of the most important superhero traits we can have. The ability to quickly identify our weaknesses. This would change everything, how we train for a competition, how we can align our own personal strenghts with a career we would be best to work in. Now that would make life sweet!!!, or would it?!?!
Think about the Shaquem Griffin story from this year’s NFL Draft. If he would have known that he was going to the draft even in spite of his disability, would he have worked as hard as he did? Would have given it his all? Would you know who Shaquem Griffin is ?… I don’t think so, it goes back to the Kanye verse ( Don’t judge me lol), “everything I’m not , makes me everything I am”. These challenges are some how apart of our drive for success. Griffin was born without a solid hand ( amniotic band syndrome-a congenital disorder that constricts the appendages, including fingers and toes.) Should this have forced Shaquem to sit on the sidelines?!? (He would have never got to play with his brother in the NFL or get a nike contract… The take away is this…… Your weaknesses are what make you strong, never hide or run away from that…
Last week I read an article about Marcus Mariota and his work with the special Olympics(Marcus Mariota – Special Olympics ). Mariota stayed at the camp until every child caught a pass from him. He didn’t attempt to make it easy and throw a five foot pass to make sure the kid caught the ball. He didn’t quit on the kids and try to run out there early after his time was over. He made it clear that he wasn’t going to let a handicap dictate success for a child. Again, everything I’m not, makes me everything I am… Mariota showed us what every parent should look for in a coach, a person who build the strength of champion based on the a well of weaknesses.
Whether you are a NFL hopeful or twelve year old boy with autism… GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH TALENTS, HE DOESN’T WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE MICHAEL JORDAN OR LEBRON JAMES OR RAY LEWIS OR CARL LEWIS, HE WANTS YOU TO MAXIMIZE THE TALENTS HE HAS GIVEN YOU!!!
I leave with the verse from 1 Peter 4:10
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
M.S. Sports Administration
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