Soccer's Influence In My Life

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Rashad Dodds Soccer has been a heavy influence in my life. It has been something I worked hard at since I was young. My dad introduced me to the sport at the age of five. Ever since I stepped on the pitch for the first time I fell in love with the smell of grass and sweat. The feeling of hard work and having that hard work pay off in games. The feeling of excitement I get from playing is unparalleled by anything else I’ve ever experienced. Soccer is not only just a game for me. It has taught me so many lessons on the pitch that I can apply to my life off the pitch. One of these lessons is that you must work hard for everything in life. At a young age I really didn’t understand this concept. Coming from a pretty well of family I really hardly worked for anything other than my weekly allowance for chores. However, over the years soccer has taught me that nothing that is worth something comes easy. Right now I am apart of the Dynamo Academy, a prestigious club soccer team. When I first joined the Academy I sat on the bench for a lot of our opening preseason games. It was incredibly frustrating to watch other guys get more playing time than me. However, being the super competitive guy that I am, I work hard everyday in practice with the hopes that soon the coaches will recognize my hard work and reward me with a starting spot on the…show more content…
To not take anything for granted. I once read on a t-shirt that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. That quote is great reminder of how important hard work is. Soccer has also taught me how to handle failure. Failure isn’t the worst thing in the world but in some situations it could be the best situation in the world. It can change your focus and cause you to push to improve the things that prevented you from achieving success. All in all I don’t know where I would be in life if I hadn’t learned these lessons for the beautiful
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