I was doing some soul searching as I was sitting on a very large rock while watching the sunset in Bodega Bay this past weekend.  I was trying to come up with some new content.  How could I bring value to the table with my experiences?  I then thought about how I acted in high school, and what I would change if I could go back.  That led me to these 5 pieces of advice.

1) Learning isn’t lame

For whatever reason, I had this idea that learning was super lame. Only nerds spent time reading books and paying attention in class. How ignorant. Learning is the greatest time investment you can make. Eventually, your athletic career is going to end. Your knowledge will stay with you forever.

2) Start thinking post grad

It is never too early to start thinking about the future. Believe it or not, you are going to graduate high school, and life goes on. The world doesn’t pause for Michael Jordan, so why should it for you? The treadmill is already spinning, if you don’t hop on running you’re going to fall flat on your ass.

3) Nobody owes you shit

The world is mean. I grew up in a small town and was sheltered from the violence and lack of respect in the real world. You are entitled to absolutely nothing. If you’re used to special treatment, you better figure out a way to survive without it. You will be scratching and clawing for everything you get. That’s a promise, so start preparing now.

4) Master a skill

Outside of sports, what are you great at?  Find something you enjoy doing (motivating, speaking, cooking, building, coding) and master it. This will give you a foundation to build upon later in life.

5) Realise how lucky you are

You are fortunate enough to be playing a sport in your free time.  There are thousands of kids around the U.S. that wish they could play sports but have to work after school to help support their families. Next time you’re complaining about conditioning, remember that.

There are countless lessons to be learned throughout this period in your life. One of which is accepting advice from people who have been through the situation. Enjoy the journey, but take none of it for granted.

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