Live, Work and Play like a champion- Pete Carroll
This past summer my dad gave me a book to read called From PA to LA, written by Yogi Roth. He told me "Kyle, this is you. At this time in your life, you need to read this. It will give you a perspective on life that you probably have never thought of. It may also inspire you and open your eyes to different possibilities of the future." Who knew that dads were always right? At the time I was like ok dad, whatever you say. But trusting my dad, I sat down and started reading. One chapter, two chapters, 5 chapters, I had become instantly hooked. Unfortunately, football season and school both began. I was so knee deep in practice and class that the only reading I was doing were scouting reports, and books for class. I had to put the book on my self and let it sit.
Finally this past week, we had our spring break. I was fortunate enough to travel down to Sarasota, Florida with two of my good friends for the week. We spent a week with my grandparents and had a great time. While down there, I was able to once again open up the book and dive into its chapters. It took me about a day and a half to finish the entire book. When I was done, I was a little disappointed. Not because of the book, but because it actually ended. I wanted to hear more about Yogi's adventures, or his experience coaching at USC. Most importantly I wanted to keep learning life lessons that Yogi poses throughout.
The lesson that stood out to me the most though was the motto that Pete Carroll installed for his football team, Win Forever. While this quote yes can be attributed straight to the game of football, the quote is deeper than just winning on the field. Pete Carroll developed a program that not only created great football players but great men along the way. He taught each and everyone one of his players that in order to win you needed to do more than just the average player. You need to win on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and in life as well. By being the best person you could be on and off the field, you were then setting yourself up for success in life as well.
This lesson spoke to me in my life. Sitting out on the lanai, as the sun rose and the birds chirped, the gentle Florida morning breeze blowing against my face, I realized the life is not about how much money we have, or how successful you are. It is about being the best you can be, competing and making a difference in your life. The Win Forever mantra is something that can be applied to everyday life. Set yourself up to win, by competing, and giving everything you have anywhere your are. If your at work, do your job to the best of your ability and attack everyday with a positive attitude. In the classroom focus harder than you ever have before and teach yourself to be intrigued. On the field, take every opportunity you have and make the most of it. Go that extra mile not only in sports but in bettering your life as well. Hold the door for someone, or say thank you when someone does you a favor.
Learn how to be a better you, and then go do it. Live, work and play like a champion. This is how you can Win Forever.
- Kyle Bell