It Takes What It Takes

By Jonathan Massey – 


Coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama said the above words in an interview back in 2016, and they are probably truer today than they were back then.


Since I’ve graduated high school in 2009, the amount of possible distractions a young man or woman could face has increased drastically. Over the last 10 years, the video game world has exploded exponentially, especially the online community. Nowadays, it is not uncommon for people to spend multiple hours a day playing video games.  When I was in high school, social media was very much in its infancy, and becoming “TikTok famous” just wasn’t a distraction that was available to kids yet.


Second thing that changed since I’ve graduated high school is that the margins for success have become thinner and thinner. I can’t remember facing or seeing an opposing pitcher throw 90+ mph. There were a couple that sat maybe in the upper 80’s… maybe. Now, it’s not uncommon for high schools in the same area to at least have multiple players in the upper 80’s, some even have multiple players in the 90’s.


So, what’s my point? Today’s generation of players have so many more options, choices, or decisions available to them. They can choose to spend an hour scrolling through social media, playing video games, or training. Truthfully though, they don’t have many choices because, like Coach Saban said, “success takes what it takes. You can’t hack your way to becoming a major leaguer or whatever your dream job is. You may have a lot of choices on what to do and how to spend your time, but it’s all just an illusion… a fallacy. At the end of the day, success takes what it takes—the only choice you have is if you’re willing to put in the work.


If you want to listen to the Coach Saban interview you can click here


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