Sports stars

Like many young guys, I pictured myself as a great baseball player when I grew up. Unfortunately, I had three skill challenges: I couldn’t hit well, I was slow, and I couldn’t throw the ball where I wanted it to go.

But that never kept me away from reading biographies about my favorite players. I marveled at their skills, and wondered what separated great players from the good ones. Sports biographies reminded me that the superstars shared these traits:

= Dedication — The great ones discovered early that they had gifts, and committed themselves to using those gifts.

= Specialization — If they had one stand-out skill, they practiced that skill constantly.

= Replication — Their goal was to excel in a specialty, and excel day after day throughout their careers.

The secret: Have you ever heard that saying that “sports are like the game of life?” I think that’s true. Dedication, specialization, and replication should help most of us excel in our chosen careers.

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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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