Knowing your passion gives you a solid foundation to build upon. We do this through education in core interests and activities, dedicated practice, and continuous improvement. Passion is typically fueled in our youth through academics, music or sports.
Looking back at my youth, I was most passionate about the game of basketball. I come from a very tall family, so I naturally gravitated towards the sport. I loved everything about the game, practices, tournaments, and even long bus rides. I knew that my passion for the game would propel me to be a great team player both on and off the court.
I later realized that being passionate about something doesn’t guarantee an easy road to success. While passion fuels us to accomplish our goals, it doesn’t guarantee the journey will be easy. My biggest test came as a freshman in college when I completely blew out my knee. I wasn’t sure if I would ever play basketball again. Through this experience, I learned that passion may not excuse the adversity you face but it does help you to get through it.
My passion for basketball allowed me to endure countless hours of painful rehab and physical therapy to get back in the game. Being passionate involves a persistent and relentless pursuit of your goals. It takes grit and determination. It means not allowing a temporary challenge or setback deter you from your vision of success.