Hard work really pays off

Yesterday I wrote an article on sports leadership. I really stand by what I said too.

So today I’m going to talk about how hard work really pays off. In college athletics, the transfer portal is an easy way for the athlete. I think it can either be very good for a specific athlete or just plain career killer. For example, when Kenneth Walker III transferred from Wake Forest, he was a key player there. But they use multiple play and he wanted to run the football team like Lorenzo White did at MSU. So he entered the transfer portal and came to East Lansing and won the Doak Walker award as the best running back in the country. That tells me he really worked hard and didn’t expect to get any special treatment. This is just a brief example.

My father and mother taught me at an early age to work hard, harder than anyone around you. They instilled a great work ethic in me. The young generation of today seems not to understand this concept.

Listen, I work with a lot of young people and they are very hard workers because they understand! But if you played a sport in high school, college, or pro, don’t complain. Be responsible and get to work.

The late Kobe Bryant always stressed to everyone that you have to work hard. Another prime example is Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. He transferred from Ohio State to LSU. In one year, he worked very hard and it paid off. Burrow threw for 60 touchdowns, won a national championship and was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. He also helped take the Bengals to this last Super Bowl only in his second year in the NFL. All I can say is, when the going gets tough, don’t go. Dig and grind it.

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Maria D. Ervin