The FOUNTAIN⛲️ or The DRAIN💀

In Blog, Hustle Podcast by Eric Byrnes

Brian Murphy (who I referenced my interview/conversation with yesterday) is a LEGENDARY Bay Area radio host and just so happens to be little league dad/coach of the year (at least in his mind).

When Murph first started coaching, I turned him onto Dugout Captain, a website and organization run by my former teammate at UCLA Dan Keller. Dugout Captain shares coaching tips and drills that help coaches teach the game THE RIGHT WAY.

Murph mentioned to me something that DK had shared with him when Murph inquired what he should do about a player he dealt with that had a bad attitude, which he felt was beginning to affect the other kids on the team…

“That’s easy, tell the kid to be the Fountain, not the Drain…”

Whoa!!! I like this shit… Let’s dive in (pun intended).

A fountain is a structure that generally stands tall and has several different levels to it. The fountain comes to life when it is fed water and then each level of that fountain takes the necessary amount of water that it needs.  Then it will share the excess water with the next level until we reach the bottom pool where the water is plentiful and flourishing at all levels.

The beautiful, clean, crisp, glistening fresh water is not content being stagnant though…

It knows it has a grander purpose. It is meant to FLOW and give LIFE to all of the levels all of the time… So of course, the fountain shoots the water through a pump back up to the top which creates a gorgeous FOUNTAIN OF ETERNAL LOVE. ⛲️

Yet, somewhere at the bottom of the fountain is the drain…

That’s the thing that sucks all of the water up and prevents the water from getting back into the pump. The drain was created to clear all of the dirty shit water away, but sometimes, the drain gets AGGRESSIVE, and when this happens, it eventually disrupts the flow of the fountain. The drain becomes so powerful that not only is it sucking up the 💩water, but it starts to suck up all of the pristine water as well… Then, before we know it, the ETERNAL FOUNTAIN OF LOVE is f*cking dead.💀

So… What’s the moral to the story?

Be the person who exudes life, love and positivity…

Be the teammate that plays with a fun loving exuberance and an infectious vitality…

Then, make sure to spread that ROCKET FUEL ENERGY to all those you come into contact with…

That my Go Hards, is when you become the fountain…

Or you can be a self-centered, life sucking, bottom dwelling f*ck head. In which case, you get to be the drain…

Great thing is, every day, we get to choose which one we get to be…

The FOUNTAIN⛲️ or The DRAIN💀

Stay fluid my friends,

EB