During the season every team hits a bump in the road or a point where they start to wear down a bit. We, the Hamilton-Wenham Girls Basketball Team, hit that point this season and had to remind ourselves that you can't compete or win without putting in hard work. Competing is fun, winning is fun, and more than anything playing basketball is fun. The hard work it takes to compete and win is not always fun. It is no surprise that the teams that work the hardest win more times than not. When you WIN all that hard work is worth it. Winning is fun and FGCU proved that first hand this weekend.
Before we look at FGCU think about this.....
Why do teams and individual players put in all that hard work in the off season?
Nobody ever said it was fun running sprint after sprint, doing squats, or working out on a hot summer day. All that is hard work, but hitting a game winning shot, winning a league championship, beating Georgetown and San Diego St. to advance to the Sweet 16, or beating your rival by a point is when you get to have fun. The sense of satisfaction you get knowing that you worked as hard as possible and the end result is a direct reflection of this hard work is unmatched.
Look at Florida Gulf Coast University for example. Nobody is having more fun during March Madness than FGCU (see below). High fiving each other, dancing, smiling, and letting loose on the court. They are the perfect example of a team that is having fun.
You know why they are having fun?
FGCU is having fun because they put in the hard work to get to this point and they are reaping the benefits. FGCU is having fun because they are competing against the best teams in the country and beating them. They are having fun because they are winning. Winning as a TEAM. The hard work they put into playing basketball is paying off during this tournament run and you guessed it......They are having fun.
Nobody really knows what will happen next week. They may lose in the Sweet 16 or make it to the Final Four. However, one thing we all know for sure is the fact that FGCU will always be remembered. Remembered for their high flying dunks, antics on the court, and the way they have fun playing basketball.
If we can learn anything from FGCU it would be to make the most of our opportunities and work hard to achieve success. When you are in the moment, make sure you have FUN as you reach your goals. I know Florida Gulf Coast is having fun!
And remember..... Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard!