‘Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.‘ – Gretchen Gaskin.
All that means is that, if you work hard no matter if you’re talented or not you’ll always beat someone who’s talented but doesn’t work hard.
Whether you put in an extra hour of practice or an extra pushup, it all counts and helps towards your improvement. Someone that works hard, always tries, never thinks they’re too good for anyone or anything, never stops working, is always focused and is dedicated to getting better.
Hard work only makes you better. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. If it’s your jumpshot, your handle or a maths equation repetition is the key to perfection. When you put in hard work a lot of it is extra repetition. When you’re leaving the gym or court ‘One more shot.’, ‘Next basket wins.’, ‘One minute extra.’. Dedication leads to hard work and hard work leads to success.
So today’s the day after Maeve Garrity’s 23 point outburst against Corrib in a hard fought two point victory. But Maeve’s success wasn’t due to her talent. It was down to her dedication to the game and her hard work. So when I look to this weekend and our opening league fixture against Oranmore Maree I pray to the basketball gods to let my hard work pay off in some way at least, if its minutes, steals, points, assists, rebounds or even blocks!