Barney had his first full-contact rugby game today.
A right of passage that I think can be summed up in one word:
Because I don’t care if you’re eight or forty-eight, it takes brass balls to willingly run face-first into the path of a moving object that’s twice your size.
No mean feat and a heritage of strength in our kids that far too often seems to be enslaved, instead of encouraged.
Which brings me to the point of this email today.
Because if the numbers are to be believed, when it comes to team sports (especially for boys) – they’re on the decline.
A direct result of kids being pushed to stream more and compete less – because “it doesn’t hurt.”
Something I’d have you consider is a problem and one that will come back to bite us all in the ass.
Because, this morning, here’s what Barney proved as he picked himself up after getting pounded into the ground – there is power in experiencing competitive sport…
- There is power in experiencing muscles that ache…
- There is power in experiencing lungs that burn…
- There is power in experiencing pride in your wins …
- There is power in experiencing lessons in losses…
… And there is power in experiencing all of it, as a team, and with others standing by your side.
It’s probably why, over the years, most men I’ve seen do good in business, have, at some point, done good in a team sport too.
It forges fearlessness in fire.
… And forces even the most timid of men to come out of their shell and commit to the cause.
Anyway, no mantra for money, from my end, this week.
Instead, I’m urging you and the other self-made men in this tribe to look to the next generation…
… Sons, daughters and neighbours who in 10, 15 maybe even 20 years might want to step into our shoes, but need encouragement.
Because right now I’d have you consider that it’s your moral obligation to their future, and to their ability to provide and protect, to encourage them to stop streaming and start competing…
… It will be good for them.
… It will be good for the economy.
… It will be good for this country.
Make More. Provide More. Be More.