Everyone has something they like to do in their life, whether they consider it a “passion” or just a “hobby.” Think about some of the most successful professional athletes, Brett Farve, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, etc. who have all turned their passion into their careers.
The passion behind those holding a fishing rod lies in feeling the fish biting our carefully chosen lure on the end of the line, setting the hook successfully while battling adrenaline, and feeling the fish aggressively fighting back. It is an emotion and experience that us fishermen have fun and enjoy doing whenever we have the chance.
It’s a feeling that we want to make happen again and again, like an addiction – studying the weather conditions, pondering different baits, selecting gear, understanding the water pattern, and everything in between that plays a roll in catching more and bigger fish. It’s us versus Mother Nature, a seemingly impossible battle in which all of the preparation in the world can still depend on the mercy of Mother Nature.
It’s the constant challenge that keeps us coming back. Every time we go out on the water, it’s a new, different day and we have to re-piece the puzzle together. Our competitive nature pushes us to work harder than the next guy in order to see the success we strive for.
In tournament bass fishing, the industry has an elite group of people that stands out from others. We put in all of our money, time, and effort only to fail a countless numbers of times. Tournaments are the chance to prove ourselves on the field. It’s our time to see how we compare to fellow anglers. We all know, though, you can’t win them all. What if you did? Would you still want it as bad?
Success is sweetest after defeat, and failure is the biggest vehicle for learning. We want to come back to the next competition more prepared mentally and physically. For us, we take advantage of those defeating moments to widen our experiences and expand our knowledge, because when it all comes together and we do finally succeed, enduring all the hardships and aggravating moments are worth it. We have a DRIVE to succeed that is unmatched, and that’s why we are addicted because we all want the same thing… to be prosperous and the best at something we love to do.
Failure is a part of everyday life and no matter what your niche is, keep in mind that success is derived from failure. You will fail many more times than you succeed but learn from your mistakes and never give up. When you finally do have the outcome you want, it will all be worth it. Have faith and work hard and you can be anything you want to be no matter where you come from! Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games and 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” Only those who don’t give up on their passion will ever succeed.
Originally posted on ClassicBass.com https://classicbass.com/blog/the-drive-inside-us-all/