To kick off the first thought of the New Year I wanted to take some time to make sure everyone starts of 2011 on the right foot. As we think ahead about all of the things that we as individuals, and as a collective whole, are going to accomplish in2011, every individual that aspires for something greater than where they are at athletically, academically or in life should believe in the concept of being prepared.
Being prepared for whatever comes your way whether its expected or unexpected, it is an essential tool for success. For many of you, you will be graduating and moving on to play sports in college. For those that are younger, well you will be moving up the ranks in the totem pole and it will be your time to shine, and for those of you who are even younger than the younger, so technically the youngest, well, you must ready and excited to learn from those that are older than you because someone eventually needs to carry the torch when you grow up.
In the sporting world you will never see any team or individual win or achieve any level of success without being prepared. Sports crowns victors and victors are crowned because they are prepared.
In the arena of high school recruiting, many seniors are getting ready to sign their National Letter of Intent on February 2nd or on April 13th, and many are trying last minute to find where they will fit in, if anywhere at all. Juniors, sophomores, and freshman you will be next. As a scout in the industry of helping young men and young women realize their dreams and their potential, I find that only those who are prepared for success will experience it.
The fact of this industry is that there is a limited demand for college athletes and an unlimited supply wishing to be “the next”. Those that read this will be better served if they understand that not everyone can get to college athletics, it’s not for everyone. But if you are an athlete or a parent of an athlete who one day is striving to achieve greatness in college sports I would like to leave you with one message: Be prepared. Be prepared for that phone call from a college scout to tell him or her who you are and what you do. Be prepared to ask the right question that elevates your recruiting status. Be prepared to describe yourself and portray yourself as a must have college prospect. Be prepared to shake anyone’s hand and at moments notice and tell them who you are and why you can deliver what they are looking for. Most importantly be prepared for success.
If you are not prepared, you will be passed up by the next person that is. It is your job to prove why you are better than that person and if you aren’t prepared to tell the right people why you are, then the next person will. Don’t let yourself miss out on your dreams. You are far too young to start off your path like that.
Best of luck to all of you in 2011!