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Training to Jump Higher - Handling it at a Young Age in the Social Media World

February 8, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed making this video for many reasons. First of all, I think there are a lot of hardworking young people out there. I also think that there are a lot of skewed perceptions on success because of the social media world we live in today. In the palm of a 16-year old's hand, he/she can Instagram, YouTube, Twitter search or Google their passion/sport/hobby and find a video, post or picture which will show them someone better than they are. There's no way around this. Now, I like to refer to this sort of circumstance as a "fight or flight" scenario. When I was younger, I saw so many elite basketball players starting from the age of 13 (the age where kids can really start separating themselves). Luckily, when I was 8 and playing in my first league, I decided that I wanted to be the best player on the court every time I played so I started training daily. I was never focused on getting very good very fast; I was blessed with understanding that I was in a long-term game. I even used to look at someone who might've been "better" than I was (even though I never thought that at the time) and I'd just think, "I'll be wildly better than you in a few years." I took this same mentality into everything that I did. I might not start off the best or what you may see highlighted on ESPN or other viral videos, but I know I will get to that level through hours, days, weeks, months and years of hard work. Young people: THINK LIKE THIS. If you are 16-years old, please, please, get out of my DMs asking me how fast I think you can get results. That shouldn't be a thought at such a young age! Browse my YouTube channel. Build some knowledge. Build a base. Watch how elite you actually become when you fall in love with the journey instead of the final destination.

 

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