this lesson in hard work is why wrestler's thrive in the work place and business. they simply outwork everyone else. (don't believe me? READ this) another lesson learned from the king of sports is the big D...discipline...or what i like to refer to it as "pleasure delaying." no other sport requires more from their athletes. with weight class restrictions and the need to be in control of your eating habits, wrestlers are taught at a young age to not indulge, to keep their eye on the prize despite distractions, and to go against the grain from the average kid their age (read the blog post Opposite to learn why "going against the grain" is the life lesson i value most from wrestling).. while most kids are playing video games, eating doritos and mountain dew, wrestlers are doing homework because practice ran late, eating chicken breast, veggies, and water, and then going for a 3 mile run at night before bed to keep their weight in check as well as gain an edge in conditioning over their opponents. isn't that a novel thought. it sounds like what most adults should be doing as well.
another blessing given from the sport is mental toughness. I remember growing up listening to the snide remarks from other people playing other sports or no sport at all during the winter season. "I don't feel like grabbing other guys while wearing tights (the nice version)," was a typical remark from people who weren't part of the sport. for the record, those comments were quickly retracted with a "i'm just kidding around man, take it easy," when the wrestler walked toward the wisenheimer and simply asked for them to kindly repeat the same words he just said...."this time to my face." why were those statements so quickly retracted? Nobody wants to mess with a wrestler.
dan gable put it best when he said, "Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." for the most part, he's right. when adversity strikes a wrestler, it is attacked rather than ran from. When a challenge is presented to a wrestler, a heightened response in the physiology of a wrestler. when the pressure is on, the wrestler responds because he's been trained to rely on himself for personal victory, as well as team victory.
if you've wrestled before, please share what life lesson(s) the sport of wrestling has taught you. as you look back at all of the sports you played growing up, which one are you most proud of being part of?