My son just finished his first year of pee wee tackle football where he was the amongst the smallest and youngest players on the team. It was kind of scary seeing him go out in first practice with kids that were 20 lbs heavier, 6-8 inches taller and 2 years older, but he persevered and enjoyed the practices and games. Here is a video where coaches were giving out awards at end of season.
Some parents are a little obsessed with winning and being competitive. We’ve all seen what happens when the parents get out of hand being hyper competitive.
One of these days I hope to get my kids to absorb more life lessons like John Wooden articulates so well in this Ted Talk.
Some excellent points made.
Never try to be better than someone else, always learn from others. Never cease trying to be the best you can be -- that's under your control. If you get too engrossed and involved and concerned in regard to the things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect the things over which you have control.Then I ran across this simple verse that said, "At God's footstool to confess, a poor soul knelt, and bowed his head. 'I failed!' He cried. The Master said, 'Thou didst thy best, that is success.'"
3:01From those things, and one other perhaps, I coined my own definition of success, which is: peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you're capable. I believe that's true. If you make the effort to do the best of which you're capable, to try and improve the situation that exists for you, I think that's success. And I don't think others can judge that.