As kids develop in our American Society, how do we teach them the value of hard work? I believe there are many ways for our kids to learn the value of hard work. I think the first step is that values are learned at home through example and communications. Also, the value of hard work is learned through sports, and youth sports is a huge industry in our country. When kids participate in sporting activities, they develop a love and passion for the game they play, and through that love and passion, they can develop the value of hard work through preparation.
When I look at professional athletes and their preparation, one professional athlete that comes to mind is Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver and Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald. I have studied his preparation throughout the week leading up to a game, and his pre-game preparation and it is unbelievable the time and work he puts into the game of football to help his team win. The media interviews, the conditioning of his body, the on the field practice movements, and the film study are consistent aspects of his work ethic. Our youth generation needs to understand the value of work ethic and that this is foundational to life in general. I believe work and a work ethic go together to help strengthen the mindset in a positive way. The youth coaches play a major part in the process of development, especially for the inner city kids who don’t have dads, and being raised by single moms.
The youth coaches, help to take up a void of a non-active dad, and give kids discipline and structure that they miss at home. We need to value our youth coaches a lot more. They are helping these kids at the ages of 7-14 years of age, which is an important foundational time for our youth. Hard work pays off with strong leadership showing our kids the example and value of hard work. The value of the dollar is seen in the value of the kid. Money does not develop the foundation of the kid, the value of discipline + structure = hard work, and the big winner at the end of day is that young man and young woman, who will win big in our current, challenging American Society.
When kids participate in sporting activities, they develop a love and passion for the game they play, and through that love and passion, they can develop the value of hard work through preparation.
Reaching our youth means continuing to live our lives as examples for them to be inspired to follow us in a positive way.”We compete not so much against an opponent, but against ourselves. The real test is this — did I make my best effort on every play?” – Bud Wilkinson