What if?

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments

Simplicity is genius. Sometimes the most simple ideas take off and catch fire. For instance, have you heard of or played Flappy Bird? It’s an insanely simple game with a simple name that is blowing up. It’s all harmless fun. Or is it? What if we found a better use of our time? This week’s post is geared towards the students and athletes out there.

What if we were as competitive about our grades as we are about our Flappy Bird score? So many students out there have borderline grades. Two percentage points separates them from achieving the next grade level. People will spend a great amount time playing a game to reach the next level, but what if it was used on something else? Often there is extra time in a study hall or end of a class, what would happen if that time were spent studying and making sure all your work was completed? I bet the borderline grade would improve. Instead of asking for extra credit when grades come out, what if we put down the game and re-read our notes or actually read a textbook? I bet you wouldn’t need to ask for extra credit. There is no reset button in life. You don’t get do-overs. A high score on Flappy Bird won’t get you a scholarship. It’s hard to see now, but when you’re older and have student loans to pay, you’re going to wish you had done more while in school.

What if we spent the extra time in class or at home making ourselves better? Now, playing games to blow off steam is okay, but when it takes up the majority of your free time, then it’s an issue. What would happen if we really studied hard? I bet the vast majority of students out there are capable of earning a letter grade higher in their classes. The problem is that little to no extra time is spent outside of class to make that happen. As an athlete, what if we spend the extra time watching film and truly being a student of the game? The best players know the game inside and out. I challenge you to put down the game and watch film. Most programs can be watched from a smart phone. What if we spent the extra time getting in better shape? The best players are in the best shape.  What if we spent the extra time reading? Reading is the single most important thing you can do to improve yourself and your future.

What if we were as addicted to success as we are with mindless games? Games such as Flappy Bird and Candy Crush are great entertainment when played in moderation. However, we’re never going to make it to the next level if it takes up free time that can be better spent on self-improvement. We need to break the habit of picking up the phone or playing a quick game when we should be studying or watching film. We need to set new habits that take over and make us better students and athletes. Don’t wait until high school is over; start early. Don’t look back later and say I wish I would’ve applied myself a little better. The world and job markets are a lot more competitive than when I was a high school and college student. There are also a lot more distractions available.

Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Do you want to achieve more than you thought possible? Do you want to make it to the next level? Well, start by putting down Flappy Bird, Candy Crush, and the other games to apply yourself in becoming the best student and athlete possible.

You can do it!

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!


Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • SLVB32 says:

    Hi Coach,

    It’s really true that youth is wasted on the young and hind site is 20:20. I wish I could convince my son who has incredible athletic and academic potential to get off the couch and use his talents. I think part of the problem is that time feels infinite when you’re 14. As we mature, we realize that time is limited and precious.

    I think I’m going to print your post this week and let him see it.

  • kelmendorf says:

    Thanks for reading, I am glad to hear it’s something that can be of use. The great thing is that you’re son is only 14, a lot of time ahead to mature! Best of luck!!