HIGHLIGHT REEL BY SAM SCHNEIDER
In a soccer match the “star players” are not the ones that play it safe the whole game. Playing it safe does not lead to the highlight reel-moments that everyone wants to be remembered for. No, the players that are remembered as stars are the ones that take the extra risk in search for the goal.
Not every risky play is going to end with the player celebrating. Most of the time, the risk will lead to turning over possession, and ordinary players will see this as failure. The truly special players, however, use this supposed failure to better themselves the next time around. These players are often called “geniuses” or “maestros” for their ability to create plays out of seemingly nowhere. This creative ability in sports is no different than creativity anywhere else.
Fear of failure will only result in staying on the beaten path. There’s nothing wrong with this. People that stay on the beaten are important. In soccer, they are defenders. The must minimize risk in order to prevent the opponent from beating them. However, when someone is unafraid of failure and understands that it drives success, they become capable of expressing their creativity.
We are all creative in our own way, but fear of failure holds us back. We are all told this fact in class, but until we truly believe it, our creativity is limited. Soccer made me believe.