As we travel around the world, we tell every potential recruit that coaches never ask us about their ability first and foremost.  They ask us how our recruits stack up as a student first, then how they are as a person, and then how they are as an athlete.  They ask this because they are investing in YOU….they can always fix things in your “game” that need fixing, but at 18 years old (or even older) knowing the type of person you are and ensuring you can handle the rigors of being a student athlete is vital for them.

Even though skill and ability does play a part in the process.  The harsh reality of this entire process is that you have to be able to handle the psychological, emotional, as well as physical toll of being a collegiate student-athlete.  No matter what level you compete at, the level is good, fast, and are competing against other quality athletes.  Coaches of any sport, at any level, look at what separates you from the competition and if how you are going to respond when the going gets rough (because it definitely will).

The big question is do you have what it takes?

Below are a few quotes that best describe what it takes to be successful athlete at the next level:

Be More concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.

John Wooden

Legendary NCAA Basketball Coach , UCLA

You learn at an early age that you cannot always win.  Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes it’s factors beyond your control, but the simple truth is that you will get your butt kicked.  Any you will need the mental strength to lift yourself back up.

Gianluca Vialli

Professional Soccer Player, Juventus & Sampdoria (Serie A)

It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Bear Bryant

Head Football Coach, University of Alabama

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail. Mark Spitz

Olympic Swimmer | Indiana University

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammed Ali

World Champion Boxer

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. Jim Valvano

Former Head Men's Basketball Coach | NC State University

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. Venus Williams

Championship Tennis Player

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. Laird Hamilton

Professional Surfer