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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Balance of Passion and Success in Sports

3rd installment
Posted for Chris Reddit

When I was younger I use to go outside every day and play any sport with any ball I can get my hands on. My group of friends and I used to have a set time to get our homework done and immediately go outside to play. Any weather we knew to come outside, except heavy rain, heavy snow, or hail. Now that I am older I do not know if we went outside just to have fun or because we genuinely had a passion for the sports that we was playing. I am leaning towards the passion side because even without my friends, I went outside and dribbled the ball by myself and put up shots. That passion is what got me to make numerous AAU teams and my high school basketball team. I found the perfect quote to explain passion. “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.” — Joss Whedon. The philosophical part about it is that in order to be great or just simply good in any sport you have to have the passion for it. Like the main said in the video, if you have enough passion to work for anything you want to do you will be successful. Which leads me to my next philosophical point what is total success. Pat Riley says that success is not determined off how many rings or accolades you have, but how truly happy you are at what you accomplished. Success can be determined in many ways. Like just making it to the NBA or MLB can be considered successful, but if your goal was to be a hall of famer and you fall short that is not success by just making the league. Success can only be determined by your personal standards, when you are truly happy and completely enjoy what you are doing every second. 

Jerry Walls, Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University and author of "Wisdom From the Hardwood" discusses what basketball has to do with philosop...

1 comment:

  1. Passion for sports is like passion for life, in that it elicits your impassioned effort and indicates your potential. And yet, sports is a game. The best athletes are those whose excellence in their sport becomes a template for excellence in their lives.

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