Sports Life Lesson 16: Hold Yourself Accountable
“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” —Don Shula
Athletes rarely say they were “beaten” by their competition, as they believe they are always in control of the game. If you win, it’s because you played your best. If you lose, it’s because you didn’t play your best and the other team took advantage of your off day. Athletes always look to themselves to achieve their successes and fix their failures—not to those around them.
Playing sports can and should be about more than just having fun. Through sports, you can learn amazing life lessons and develop valuable personal traits that will translate to success throughout your life, both personally and professionally. Some of the best athletes and coaches of all time have uttered powerful words on the formative powers of sports. Here’s a breakdown of 16 ways some of them have noted how playing sports make people more successful in life.