20 Not So Nice Life Lessons You Can Learn From Professional Sport

(From the Tongue-in-Cheek Department)


  • True talent is actually incredibly rare. Most often, it is mistaken for above average skill.
  • No matter how ridiculous something might seem, if enough people take it seriously, it isn't ridiculous.
  • No game is ever truly a team game: If you want to do well, and earn good money you have to be selfish.
  • The fact that there is always an umpire or a referee means that, left to their own devices, people are inclined to cheat and lie.

  • Human beings are still fundamentally tribal at their very core.
  • The bottom line: it's always about the bottom line. Nobody really wants your support. They want your money.
  • Better equipment does make a better player.
  • Without careful focus, coaching and reflection, practice does not make perfect.

  • If you're mediocre for a really long time, you can become great.
  • Results tend towards the mean. Hence, very few interventions and innovations actually matter. Losers will eventually win, and winners will eventually lose.
  • Cheaters prosper more often than not.
  • If you have enough money, you can buy success.

  • The long term doesn't matter. What's important is this season and this game.
  • Bigger might not always be better, but it usually is.
  • A draw is worse than a loss.
  • When the chips are down, most people revert to the safest option.
  • Spoiling an opponent's game works as well as hitting your own.

  • One moment's sportsmanship can erase a game's worth of unsportsmanlike behavior.
  • If you're caught cheating, the best thing to do is to deny that you have for as long as you can.
  • Self-aggrandizement will get you incredibly far.




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