II-Do Elite “Stars” Remain Hungry In College?
The path to success in NCAA college is a huge climb. A climb in that is requires dedication, training, discipline, focus, willingness to learn, repetition and more training.
And to have incentive to see that through, you must fail.
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Let me explain. Learning happens when we try something and fail. Athletes who rank near the top of their nation got there without the benefit of competing against equally talented adversaries. Talent wise, the deck was often, if not always, stacked in their favor.
In the NCAA, they will frequently encounter superior talent . To succeed, they must outsmart, outlast, or outhustle their opponent. And to this point, they haven’t had to learn how.
Another way of explaining is to use a backpacker as the example of a new player. Hiking rules when I was a daily backpacker? Don’t take the pack off unless you plan to rest awhile. That’s because a heavy pack is awfully challenging to remove and set back onto your shoulders for the occasional breather.
Ultimately, top Rated recruits have already reached their plateau. They can rest now, and take their packs off. They have attained high ranks. Now they want to enjoy the moment and relax.
Relax at your own peril
Lower rated recruits know they must work harder. And so, the pack stays on. They have more incentive to train, to focus, to try to get better. UW recruits are hungrier. They have further to go, and so they do not take off their packs.