My Pro Sports Life Lessons Blog #5: How to Be Different

October 5th, 2018: My pro athlete blog on why being different means accepting what real “difference” is and why it matters to your success.

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Life After Pro Sports by Trevor Huffman

“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”
— Mark Manson

I love this quote. There are have been many times in my life when I quit stuff that I didn’t want to struggle with or do.

And graciously (or ungraciously), I learned some crucial life lessons for success along the way:

  1. Mainly that being different means defining yourself by the actions and habits (or systems) that will make you different. And then accepting being different, or strange, or unique, or contrarian is perfectly fine.
  2. Being and acting differently to succeed should open your mind to other’s differences, which makes you more valuable to any team, organization, or business.
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The 2002 Sweet 16 | Hitting the shot to go ahead in OT

“The mind is just like a muscle — the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.”
― Idowu Koyenikan

Most coaches that can’t relate to their teams never reach their full potential. Most business leaders that can’t rally the troops regardless of color, background, or creed will lose more than they should.

“To grow faster, one must focus on improving their system to get out of their comfort zones and align their habits and system for living with their most crucial values to live in a byproduct state of a happier, more joyful, giving, and productive life.” — Trevor H.

Thanks for your encouragement and support of my pro athlete blog! I hope you enjoyed my words of inspiration. Ps. If you want to me to life coach you, I’d probably make you run wind sprints and wake up at 6 a.m. for a month first to know you were serious about your next goals in life. Just saying, that’s how pros do it.

My other newbie Medium pro athlete blogs on startups, entrepreneurship, leadership, life lessons and life coaching are here, somewhere.

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