Talent vs Hard Work

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX 1st Class 0542725

pickleball in League City


"There may be people that have

 more talent than you, but

there is no excuse

for anyone to work harder

than you do."

 - Derek Jeter



I play a sport called Pickleball in my home town of League City.  And I also travel periodically to compete around the country (Regional Tournaments, Nationals, and at the US Open Pickleball Championships).  I know Pickleball sounds like a word I just made up, but it is the fastest growing sport in the world and is played by people of all ages.  Check it out!


In doubles play, we like to blame our partners when we lose (mostly in jest).  But in playing singles, win or lose, it's all on me.  I know that there will certainly be athletes taller than me, stronger than me, and in better physical shape than me or have fewer injuries.  They may have better equipment than me.  But, knowing that only drives me to work harder and push against the odds.


But it isn't about trying your hardest.  It's about preparation and training your hardest.  And also, it's about learning from your failures.  I remember my losses not as failures, but as opportunities for improvement.  


What can I do differently to achieve my goals next time?  What are some new shot styles or strategies I can put in my arsenal?  Then I can go and train and work on those improvements.  And I will be better prepared the next time.


The same philosophy holds true in all aspects of life.  We need thick skin in this world.  Success won't always come easy.

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Brian Worrell - GRI, CNE
Bayou Properties Realty  |   The Worrell Team, Realtors
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Comments (7)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is hard to figure out which one is you but the quote is spot on League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE 

Sep 21, 2016 01:19 PM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Paul... I have my back to the camera ;-)  That wasn't an easy one to figure out...  lol

Sep 21, 2016 03:14 PM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

And thanks for the comment, and glad you liked the quote.  Have you played pickleball?  It started in your Washington State!

Sep 21, 2016 03:14 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I read a book once and the theme was you don't have to be the best... just YOUR best and work hard and strive as a goal to do 10% better than the next person or the last time you did that same thing and people will take notice and you will improve.  That's sort of my plan.  I'd never heard of pickleball.

Sep 23, 2016 04:23 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

That is so true! 

''As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.''

Sep 23, 2016 06:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, never heard of pickleball, but sounds like good exercise.   We do need to work hard at things we want to succeed at!  

Sep 23, 2016 12:35 PM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

Just learned something new! First time hearing of pickleball. The only pickles I grew up with were from Brooklyn.  Glad you enjoyed it and have a great attitude. Wish there was a way to train smart and not hard!

Sep 28, 2016 08:16 AM