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What professional lessons can football teach you

Sharika S Nair
13th Mar 2017
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If you are just about to begin a career or already have, it’s not likely that you have chosen football. However, most of us enjoy watching the sport even if we do not have a personal favourite team and get euphoric after watching a good game.

The very first sport that I played was football, and it did teach me a lot. As a center-back or goalkeeper, you learn a lot about teamwork, confidence, and tolerance. These lessons you make better decisions later in life. There are many ups and downs in the game that will help you in your journey. Here are a few:

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Discipline yourself

Football requires more than physical talent. To be physically fit and tough, you first need to discipline yourself. Consistency and change are two qualities that should be constant while pursuing this game. Disciplined people can achieve this and almost always do better in life, leading them to a happier one. One thing football teaches is to achieve discipline without being hard-hearted.

Learn to win as a team

Communication and teamwork are essential to move forward as a professional. True, you need to think about your growth time and again. However, if you only put yourself first, it will cease your learning process, leaving you alone for the rest of your journey. When your team is in order, trust builds, allowing you to become more confident and skilful. Your small wins will gradually become big ones, making you a responsible and accountable person.

Life isn’t always fair

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We often come across people stating that something isn’t fair. Well, accept it – life can’t always be fair. It’s in situations like these that you need to get up and not quit. The stronger one wins the race, and that’s what makes all the difference. While playing a game of football, your opponents might tend to cheat or something may not go your way. Learning to take it as it comes without getting disheartened is the quality of a sport person who is tough and willing to fight.

Encourage and push others

Often it is when we fall down and think about how to get back again that a little motivation and encouragement boosts us up. The same is also true when it comes to encouraging others. In life, we never know what a world of difference a small push or word of encouragement from our side can make to a person struggling to move forward. Football teaches us to motivate more than any self- help book or seminar.

Never resort to shortcuts

While playing any sport, you will come across numerous ways to defend, tackle, or attack. Your coaches will come with numerous techniques. These techniques will enrich and equip you. As they say, ‘There are more ways than one to skin a cat.’ There are plenty of ways to do a certain thing. However, taking shortcuts is never one of them. There are only better and better versions of doing anything.

Clearly, football has a lot to offer both on the field and off it.

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