I know that this probably isn’t what you are expecting, but this blog post is going to be about basketball (don’t worry though if you aren’t a sports fan, because there is going to be something in this for you too.) Along with about 90 percent of the rest of the American population, I spent the last four days (along with doing some other things) watching March Madness. The enormous tournament, in my opinion, is one of the top three sporting events each year because anything can happen. In the NBA Playoffs, which are set up to be a seven game series for each match up, the best team always wins the series because of the number of games. In March Madness however, any team can beat any team on any given day, and the loser goes home. “One and done,” as it’s called. If the teams that are the lower seeds can come out and have an amazing day shooting the ball or get all of the bounces, and that is what leads to major upsets. Just ask Iowa State or Baylor.
Anyways, watching the tournament got me thinking. The media, polls, and selection committee select the teams that they believe are best equipped to win the title, and when everyone tells the lower seeded teams that they are going to lose, but nevertheless they still show up and play.
So why? Why do they do it? I’m sure that the number sixteen seed Hampton wasn’t overly thrilled to play undefeated Kentucky in the first round, but still they did. While on paper it looked like Kentucky would completely destroy Hampton (there was an over 6 inch difference between the average height of the starters between the two teams, Hampton still played hard and held their own with the giants from UK. A similar situation came in the third round when eight-seed NC State faced one-seed Villanova on Saturday night, but in the end NC State advanced to the sweet sixteen after they toppled the giant. Although both of these underdogs didn’t win, they both played for the same reason: anything can happen.
The point I’m trying to make is don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do. Don’t listen to the voices on the outside. Whether everyone expects you to succeed (one-seeds), or no one thinks you can make it (underdogs), anything is possible. To succeed, no matter what “seed” you consider yourself, you will have to work as hard as possible at chasing whatever goal you are pursuing, that’s for certain. But don’t give up hope. Even if nobody thinks you can accomplish your goals, don’t give up. Successful people are not always the most talented or brilliant, but they are never the laziest. I don’t know how many times I was told that I was too young to publish a novel, but still I made it happen. The same is possible for anybody else. Shoot for the stars, and no matter what you are told, you can reach your goal.