I am a HUGE proponent of high school sports. I made some of my greatest friends and life lessons in the gym. Wrestling has and will always be a massive part of my life.

I learned that “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re selfish.” It’s a saying that has stuck with me my entire life. Always be prepared and always be early. Its can be applied to any aspect of life.

I learned that hard work does pay off. When I stepped into that wrestling room every day after school, I truly believed I was the hardest working guy in the room. I knew I was working harder than my opponent. That lesson carries over to my professional life today. We all have a day where we are drowning in work, but I truly believe if you put your head down and work hard, good things will come.

I learned that you need to diversify yourself. This applies to the friends you make and the things you pursue. We came from all aspects of life on the wrestling team. Some had single parents, some had little money, so weren’t too athletic, but we all had one common goal: being the best we could be. Buy having that diverse circle of teammates it made me respect and appreciate what I had and how I could improve myself as a person.

Our coaches encouraged us to pursue other sports, they didn’t want us to limit ourselves. I found that training for football helped my wrestling and vice versa. I found this to be the same in the professional world. By becoming great at editing audio, it helped my public speaking skills. By listening to others life stories and lessons, I can improve my life.

The world “love” is tossed around a lot. We say we love food, love movies, love a celebrity. I can truly say that I loved and still love the sport of wrestling. It sculpted me into the person I am today, and a simple blog post cannot do it justice.