So you wanna’ quit?

So you’re tired? You put in too many hours? Feeling like you can’t do anymore than you already have? Your body aches and needs rest? You say you want to do it later? It was harder than you thought? Not sure if you are able to? Too much weight or pressure? You say you’ve done enough? You want a break? You wanna’ quit?


While you rest, while you sleep, while you “take a break” your competition is putting in the time, the work, and the effort to come out on top. All to just come up and take your spot or your title. Don’t believe me? Then sit back and do nothing and see what happens. Just don’t say you were never warned.

Over the years we have seen many athletes loose a step or two because they wouldn’t put in the time. The famous “We talkin’ ’bout practice” rant by the 11x NBA All-Star Allen Iverson illustrates the point. While he never did lose his spot as the shooting guard and proverbial franchise player known as “The Answer” for the Philadelphia 76rs, the man, as talented as he was, never got that ring. Why? “We talkin’ ‘bout practice.”

By contrast? Kobe Bryant’s professional trainer was fast asleep at 3:30 am in the morning midway through Bryant’s career. His phone starts ringing and it’s Kobe. Thinking the he must be in hurt, or in some kind of emergency, his trainer freaks out and picks up the phone. “What’s up Kobe?” Kobe answers that he’s doing some conditioning work and could use his help. His trainer proceeds to get ready and head over to the gym arriving around 4:30 am. What did he see? Kobe. By himself practicing. Drenched, dripping in sweat like he just jumped in a pool, putting in work. It wasn’t even 5am yet. The fruit? 5x NBA Champion who drops 60 in his last game of his career and arguably one of the top 5 players in NBA history.

Considered one of the most influential books exposing the principles of success, Think and Grow Rich, its author Napoleon Hill demonstrated a tireless work ethic. Taking on an assignment by the famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Hill would interview wealthy individuals to discover their formula for success and developed a curriculum of sorts to achieve success in business. Quoted as stating “You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.” The success of Hill’s works is well documented. With Think and Grow Rich selling over 20 million copies by the time of Hill’s death in 1970, setting the standard for achieving success in business.

Again by contrast, each of us know a few men and women who never seem to quite get to where they say they want to in business or on the job. Could it be because their words are inconsistent with their actions? Passed up for promotions, never reaching their goals, making excuses or worse blame others for their situation. They are unwilling to work to the best of their ability or improve to becoming more valuable to themselves or their employer. Is it any wonder why they are so unhappy?

Don’t get me wrong, and please don’t read into what it is I am not saying here. I don’t fault or condemn those whose reasons for not being able to get that idea off the ground or make that business work is not for want or lack of trying. In fact a failed business venture can be our greatest teacher.

What makes one successful is not the idea itself. Rather, it’s the action put forth to bring that idea into the visible tangible world for everyone to see and experience for himself or herself. What makes an athlete a successful is not his/her talent alone. Talent by itself is nothing more than untapped ability. However, talent developed and continually improved upon separates those that win from those that lose every time.

Don’t talk to me about luck. I agree with the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca who once stated, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Living your life like there is NO OFFSEASON means that you are continually trying to improve in sports, business, or life. It’s the difference that separates those who are simply good from those who are great. Living a NO OFFSEASON lifestyle is the difference between those who wish to experience greatness and those who which to become legendary. So…You wanna’ quit?

Joe Olivas
HS Sports Insider