Against All Odds

Achieve the Unachievable

I wrote my book about the secret to success in college, and in my book I wrote an entire chapter about my brother. Some people criticized me for it. They said, “That chapter doesn’t make any sense. People who don’t know you or your brother won’t care about it.” Let me tell you why it’s relevant, and why it may be the most important chapter in my entire book.

To give you some background information on my brother, he was an All-State baseball player in high school. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 34th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He was a Freshman All-American and the Mountain West Co-Freshman of the Year at the University of New Mexico. He transferred to McLennan Community College where he was named First-Team North Texas Junior College All-Athletic Conference. He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 37th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, and now he’s playing at a top ten Division 1 college baseball program.

The chapter covers three topics:

  1. Achieving the Impossible
  2. Jealousy
  3. Comparing Ourselves to Others

#1 Achieving the impossible. 6% of high school baseball players go on to play in college. That percentage is even less for Colorado high school baseball players who go on to play at major Division 1 programs. .45% of high school baseball players get drafted. Cory achieved both. Why is this important to college students? We all have dreams. We have lofty visions of ourselves of what we aspire to be one day in the future; visions that others say are unrealistic and will never be achieved. Cory serves as a source of inspiration for college students to believe that anyone from anywhere can achieve anything. Who would have thought a kid from Pueblo, Colorado would be smashing home runs against the #1 team in the country? College is a time to solidify what your dream is, and to start taking action to make that dream a reality.

#2 Jealousy. When Cory started achieving such massive success, people started asking me how I was handling it. Thinking I was jealous of my brother’s success. They couldn’t have been more wrong. I couldn’t be more proud of my brother, and his success drives me closer to my own success, every single day. Jealousy comes into play in college in a major way. Athletes are trying to be the best in their sport, students are competing to get the best grades in class, and everyone is trying to get the most likes on Instagram. It’s very easy to look at someone else achieve even a little bit of success, and feel some jealousy towards them. I’ve always combatted this by focusing solely on myself. I’m way too busy working towards my dreams to even care about what others are doing. So when I see someone getting a taste of success, I can respect their effort, and celebrate with them. There is no room for jealousy and criticism of others, and if you find yourself feeling that way, it’s time to take a hard look at your own life. Focus on you, celebrate others, and work towards your dreams.

#3 Comparing ourselves to others. Others have always tried to compare my success with my brother’s success. You simply can’t do that because we’re two very different people taking two extremely different paths in life. We understand that. Others do not. In college, you’re surrounded by a lot of people, and it’s easy to look at other people and wish you could do what they can do. But look at it this way: others are looking at you, wishing they had your skills and your talents. Too often, we compare ourselves to others. Instead, be grateful for who you are, and build up those around you. Challenge yourself and others to be the best you can possibly be.

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