What does it take to be a professional athlete?
Being a professional athlete is not only talent, nor is it only hard work. As a profession, it takes perspiration and pain to train to be the best. But what pushes you to work harder, train harder, push harder? The passion to be the best in your field is what will drive you to be the best. You may have talent, but if laziness get the best of you, then you are probably better off pursuing something else. Passion, drive, energy, effort and time helps you make it as a professional.
Once your talent and hard work gets noticed, you must sustain discipline in personal training to compete and prove your worth in the limelight. If you do not have enough money to fund you in every competition you join, you need to find people who would sponsor you. This would be very difficult as many athletes are spotted by different sponsors, some aren’t even worth it. The disappointment of not getting chosen could make most athletes just give up. You have to keep proving yourself that you are worth it. Soon you may find that big break and you may keep moving forward.
As you get recognized, signed for different contracts, funded for different competitions then the fame may just be another hurdle for you. Different temptations could come knocking on your front door, some you might even open up to. Drugs and alcohol are among the few that could take your career away from you. Vices could take away your health from you, taking away your strength and taking away the chances to keep pushing as an athlete.
The expectations that come along with all the opportunities can come off as a burden. Some push harder that they easily get drained and break. Some just don’t get bothered at all. Balancing the hype that comes with the expectations is a must to make it as a professional athlete. Knowing how to work with all that is expected from you by others and by yourself is vital to help you make it.
Along with vices, comes the attitude, you must not only have the physical aspect, but more importantly, you must have a heart and Soul Fitness of an athlete. Professionals are looked up to by many people, ranging from kids to adults. The pressure of living a good life, playing hard and the benefits of being a professional athlete could break you down and sometimes showing a bad attitude could not be helped. Yet maintaining a good attitude can prove your value as an athlete and as a professional.
Being a professional athlete is not only the availability of equipment, trainers and opportunities. Talent and passion aren’t the only requirements. You may not have the talent, but hard work and the right attitude can still get you to places. Maintaining a good attitude while you keep fighting to be on top would help you to make it. Once you are there, learn to keep pushing forward. A sport is never stagnant nor constant, so keep working.
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