Losing on a last second shot to Marshall stings, as it did when we lost to Tulsa in a similar fashion. Our kids battled and made winning plays, but Marshall hung tough and shook loose for a three-pointer with .7 seconds on the clock!
I talked to the team after the game about the "emotional investment" it takes to get back out there and do it again. The lessons these young men are learning through athletics will serve them well down the road. These players have gotten knocked to the ground, gotten back up and fought, got knocked down again and gotten back up...... where else do you get to learn resiliency, toughness, competitiveness like this?
I worked on Wall Street out of college as my brother, John, does now. John was a great college player at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in New York. They had a very good team that competed like crazy. John went on to Fordham Law School then to Wharton to get his MBA. Now working at Goldman Sachs in NYC, John and I would talk about the benefits of having played competitive team sports. In college basketball you have to deal with discipline, time management, goal setting, failure, competition, hard work, team work, taking instruction, playing a role, ridicule, success...
How do you react when someone elbows you in the face? Do you fight back or go running?
How do you react when you call a prospective client and they tell you to "take a hike"? Do you pick up the phone and call prospect #2 with enthusiasm or do you crawl into a shell?
I truly believe that these lessons serve young people well going forward.
I hope I am teaching my players valuable lessons that will serve them well down the road.
Thanks for reading,