I was doing a clinic the other day, and I had a young student that was under the impression that by coming to my two day school he was going to have calf roping figured out.  I do feel like it is very beneficial to get quality instruction, but if you think for a second that you are going to be able to soak up the secrets to success in 2 days with any endeavor you are mistaken.  

I love when I see a student asking questions, taking notes, or a parent videoing because I know they are planning to take my information and knowledge to their practice pen.  One of the most profound things that has ever been revealed to me is, there is no substitute for quality time spent.  If you want to be successful at something, expect to spend an extremely large amount of time doing it.  It tells us in the Bible, “in all your getting, get understanding.”  The way you get understanding is to take information and knowledge,  add your time,

equals understanding.  


I love Sports Center, but a lot of times we don’t really have an understanding of what it takes to get a 5 second clip on Sports Center.  All of the blood, sweat, tears, and time spent , by not only the athlete, but his family, friends, coaches, and even other competitors can never be fully seen.  We watch the clip and get instant gratification watching our team or Individual succeed as if it’s our own success.

It takes a great play or move to get this highlight, but it’s the time that they spent with the basics we don’t see.  They had to spend countless hours on the basics to be able to perform “highlight worthy” feats.


How many calves did NFR contestants tie in 7 and 8 in the practice pen consistently, before they were able to tie one in 6 at the NFR.

 A fan wants to jump right to the spectacular play.  A true player wants to be able to perfect the basics until they are 2nd nature.  Are you a player or a fan? 


Until next time, God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.


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