Job In Sports

I was among the tallest on my basketball team, and in basketball, height is an amazing thing. I didn’t have good endurance (because I was too lazy to put in the pain of wind-sprints), nor did I put out anywhere near 100% a lot of the time, but I was always the leader in rebounds and always scoring under the rim. I had a not-so-great jump shot, and to be honest, I really didn’t practice any drill that much, besides just having natural talent. Eventually, people starting becoming taller than I was, and by the time I got into tenth grade or so,

I wasn’t among the tallest kids for my age anymore. Basketball, at least for a living, I thought, was out of the question. For those brief few years though, when I was taller than most, I experienced success that told me I could have been great. My height and speed is all I needed to win all of the 1 on 1 tournaments held throughout the county. I sent kids, whose dads were coaching them like maniacs from the sidelines (you know, the parents that demand success)? home in tears, after they realized they may not achieve their dream, because I had beat them so handily. Some of them were the best, until they played me. I wasn’t ever over 6’0, but it was enough to shine, without really putting any hard practice in.

You literally have a “heads up” on the competition

Without a doubt, the easiest job in all of sport is if you are over 7’0 and are good enough to make a pro team, you will have a luxurious life, and the honor of having to not worry about getting injured either, for the most part. I was able to get a taste of how easy it was, when I was slightly taller than most other kids in my county basketball league. I would have had an easy time of it — had I had the sense to keep playing, instead of dropping out. I was easily the fastest, and I could throw my weight around also.

Once everyone else caught up to me, in my middle teens, I became easily intimidated, in large part, because of my insecurities of everything else (another story). Even if I didn’t turn out to be very insecure as a teen, I still would have been intimidated (height is an awesome weapon). I would have had to put more practice in if I wanted to make it to the pros, but I wouldn’t have had to do anything drastic in order to have made it. I’m sure I could have coasted by with the minimum work.