I’ve previously mentioned people who have had a positive effect on my life, but I’ve left out the most important one until right now, my mother. After my freshman season in high school, we had a number of spots open for starters. I didn’t think there was any chance that I could start., because I was around 6’ or 6’1” at the time and weighing in at about 210lbs. There were guys that were 6’6” 310lbs in front of me. I wasn’t even working out, until she heard of evening weightlifting sessions at my high school. There was a coach that was in the gym, monday through friday from 5-7. Every single day she drove me to and from the gym. She asked questions about protein shakes and vitamins. I remember a specific morning, I came downstairs for breakfast and she made a homemade protein shake with peanut butter, bananas, and some other stuff in it. She forced me to drink it despite the taste being less than satisfactory. Why? Because she knew it was good for me and would make me stronger and a better football player.
My mother had more determination and drive for me to be a better player than I did. Over time, I began to learn all of the things she intended for me and from that, I took the reigns and didn’t require any more motivation. She taught my a invaluable lesson that I intend to teach my own children when they are ready; whatever you do, in whatever field, make sure you do it with nothing less than 100% effort, or else you’re wasting your time.