Why do we watch sports, with the exception of to work out who wins? Political and baseball author George Will gave one outstanding response: Sports serve society by presenting vivid examples of excellence. Sports are a 21st century version of the classic American literary dramas that examine the personality of the common man in a conflict for his soul. The evidence of their vitality and popularity is the $26 billion spent on sports ticket sales, three times the combined cost spent on movie and live theater tickets. Unlike todays films and television shows which have predictable endings and teach us little, sports are a mixture of artificial dramas with real results. The greatest performers have spoken eloquently, even philosophically, about their accomplishments and have plenty wisdom to be offering us fans if we use their experiences to our gain.
The last 100 years of sports have provided us with a murderers row of trendy day philosophers: Wooden, Lombardi and even Yogi Berra, sports version of a zen-master who, if he had lived four,000 years ago, would have been the first to ask, What is the sound of one hand clapping? Unlike the elitist thinkers of the distant past, our sports philosophers have gained their insights by means of accomplishments rooted in the similar world in which we live and from the similar activities in which we participate, which makes their observations especially relevant to our very own lives.
Values such as discipline and personality are common to the comprehensive teams or individual-sport athletes. Rare is the team or athlete who has succeeded without such solid core values, the similar values which are essential to us if we wish to succeed in our lives no matter our endeavors.
John Wooden, college basketballs greatest coach, who led the UCLA Bruins to 10 championship seasons in 12 years between 1964 and 75, knew something of discipline, the hallmark of all his teams. Discipline yourself and others wont need to, he preached to his players. More good advice for any parent, business executive or leader is, The purpose of discipline is not to punish but to designated. Many parents would be better, and their children would gain, if they followed this simple notion reminding us that discipline and punishment are not the similar and most effective discipline leads to the development of designated and correct conduct. Regarding personality, Wooden commented, The true athlete must have personality, not be a personality, and, Be more concerned with your personality than your reputation, because your personality is what you in reality are, at the same time your reputation is basically what others think you are.
Vince Lombardi, looked by some as the greatest coach of any sport of all time, instilled his strong beliefs in his dominant Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s. He is simplest known for the quote, Winning isnt everything, its the most effective thing. Lombardi never said this but did say, Winning isnt the most effective thingbut wanting to win is. He knew what made a team efficient: Individual commitment to a group effort–it is what makes a team work, a guests work, a society work, a civilization work. That is sound wisdom rooted in lifes experience, and its a decent bet that the simplest run American carriers, and the most efficient families, function according to this concept, and the poor ones probably have ignored the Lombardi recipe for success. Its an even better bet that his observation reflects how America become a terrific country.
Yogi Berra, the all-star catcher for the New York Yankees teams that won six World Series in the 1950s, said, The future aint what it used to be. Our futures will be better if we heed the wisdom of our greatest sports stars as told by means of their memorable quotations regarding what they have realized about sports and life in general.