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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

I've been asked many times, what is the meaning of being a good leader? In sports,  like in the business world, good leaders are important and hard to come by.

Most coaches will tell you they need them, some players will say they would like to become one, but most teammates say it's a big responsibility and difficult to achieve.

John Quincy Adams once said that "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

Being a leader takes experience and patience. Being a leader requires hard work and knowledge. Being a leader means doing what others may not want to do. 

So the next time your coach says he (she) is looking for a leader, and you want to take the lead role, take into consideration the quote from Adams. Just be sure to implement your own style and technique!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

He's 37 years old and throwing a baseball at 99 mph, 15 mph faster than 17 years ago.  He played college baseball at Ball State, was the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2002 draft, and hasn't played organized baseball in 12 years. However, the Chicago Cubs have signed him to another pro contract. Luke Hagerty still has a dream.

You can go online and read his entire story at ESPN.com, but the bottom line is this: He never accomplished his goals (dreams) and continued to believe in himself. His unbelievable work ethic (a family trait) drove him to another opportunity.

How could this apply to you? You have the ability to determine your future. Whether you are a reserve trying to become a starter, or a starter that's trying to become the best player in the area, you are just beginning to work towards your own goals and dreams.

In high school you have 3-4 years to make an impact. It's a short period of time and there are no guarantees of how things will go. Why not dream big!

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