Back in 2008 and 2009 when I was coaching the local regional rep under 16 girls hockey team, I had two players in the side that had dreams of one day playing for the national women’s field hockey side.
One was 16 years old, had more skill and flair and who also has a knack of scoring goals when required, the other was 15 years old, had less natural talent and less skill and flair. Both players have a work and practice ethic to die for. The older player was also the MVP of the team.
Which one would you expect to make the national side?
Roll on three and half years and the one with less natural talent is now playing for the national senior side and the other is not. The New Zealand women’s hockey side has just finished playing in Argentina.
The younger player with the less talent worked real hard at up skilling her game, is a sponge to learn, asked questions and focused on getting her key skills right. She also fits the profile of the succeeding mindset in all six areas.
The older player focused mainly on her flair and skill and fit four areas of the succeeding mindset. She may reach her goal of playing for NZ and I hope she does.
There are plenty of valuable lessons to take from this tale and most of it is counter intuitive to what you normally see, for:
The one with their mind in the right place who is determined, will always succeed, despite lack of talent perceived