I think that losing games is overall more important than winning games.
Sure, winning games gives you a good sense of self achievement, and I higher standing in the league, but that’s it. Whenever you lose a game, or mess up anything in general, you think about what went wrong to make that happen, and that always makes you think about what you specifically went wrong, which is the most important part of getting better at something; learning from your mistakes.
That logic has since carried over to academics; such as thinking about why I got a low grade on a project, and what can I do to get a better grade on similar projects or tests.
After a few more years with Fairmount, it had come to the time when they no longer had teams for my age group, and I joined Palumbo soccer.
Around the time when I was starting kindergarten, he took me to a small soccer event for toddlers organized by Fairmount soccer.
I had seemed to enjoy the sport of soccer, so my dad put me on a team with Fairmount soccer.It was really fun for me, I could walk to the practices and games, and I played with all the other kids in my neighborhood.For the first few weeks of one season, I remember having a lot of trouble hitting the ball.Not about how to pass, dribble or shoot, but when to pass, dribble, or shoot and why.I learned all about positioning and various other strategic maneuvers, and games became less about which team had the best players that could dribble the ball around the defence and score, and more about which team was the best at playing with each other.I was always striking out during games, even though during practices I would be getting extra help from the coaches on my swing.The 5th game of that season, I went up to bat in a really close game.Education begins at a younger age than you might think, and it doesn’t always come from school.My dad would throw me baseballs to hit with a little plastic bat when I was just a few years old.Playing with this team I acquired more of a team mentality.Through playing as a team, I got much better at working as part of a group, a skill that has been immensely helpful in my life, and will doubtlessly be helpful for the rest of my life.