Too Good To Ignore…

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When I first got to St. Francis High School in Mt. View California, I was coming from a small public school and hardly knew anyone…

I was a decent student and a pretty good athlete, but St. Francis was simply a different level. 

I was challenged in the classroom but even more so on the football & baseball field. Many of the Bay Area’s best athletes attended St. Francis, and I was just another cow in the middle of the herd trying to get noticed in the pasture… 

Oftentimes the kids talked about how “political” it was when it came to who made the teams and who got to be the starters… Whether or not that was true, it was a nice safety blanket excuse available for all those who felt slighted. 

I played very little on the Freshman football team and actually thought I got cut from the Freshman baseball team… Most importantly though, I made it through both seasons and despite being extremely humbled, I was HUNGRY for much more.

When I returned as a Sophomore, I was no longer overwhelmed by the competition and came in with an entirely new attitude… 

Instead of looking for excuses as to why somebody else was getting more playing time, I simply focused all of my energy on what I could control and made it my insurgent mission to practice and play so well that there was absolutely no way they could ignore me. 

With the right attitude and relentless effort, I EARNED the starting running back job on offense and the strong safety position on defense, then was called up to varsity for the CIF playoff championship run… 

On the baseball field, I had hopes of making the Varsity as a Sophomore but started with the JV team…

Instead of bitching and moaning, I simply went to work & absolutely CRUSHED IT… Within a short period of time, I got called up to the Varsity and faced one of the best pitching prospects in the country, Dan Serafini, from Serra High School… 3 bullets up the middle later and the 50 plus scouts in the stands all of a sudden wanted to know who the new kid was.

Look, this Daily Hustle wasn’t written to relive my high school glory days (if I wanted to do that I would have focused on my 4 touchdown game against King City). 🤣 My point to bringing up these High School Harry moments are because this was the exact time that I learned no matter how much of an underdog we perceive ourselves to be or no matter how badly we feel like the deck is stacked against us, we can always show up and be so gosh damn good there is no fucking way to ignore us. 👊

-EB

 

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