15 Life Lessons That Don’t Apply to the Sports World

15 Life Lessons That Don't Apply to the Sports World

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In everyday situations, we have been taught to follow the life lessons that we have learned from our parents to get us out of difficult situations. From common phrases like "You Only Live Once" to The Golden Rule, these lessons apply to us in real life, but in the sports world, some of these more common life lessons fail to apply or are ignored entirely.

Here are 15 of the more common life lessons that are seldom used in the sports world.

15. Celebrate Small Victories

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15. Celebrate Small Victories

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From getting up when the alarm clock sounds the first time to fulfilling some of your New Year's resolutions, we celebrate small victories every day, but in sports, small victories do not matter.

Just ask Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. From celebrating last year's close loss to Denver to being content with being 8-8, Jones desperately talks about becoming a champion once again, but is now content with becoming the most talked about team in sports.

14. Cheaters Never Win, Liars Never Prosper

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14. Cheaters Never Win, Liars Never Prosper

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Cheaters and liars in life often get exposed for who they truly are and generally do not get any more chances to succeed; but in sports, cheaters lie everywhere.

From Lance Armstrong's seven-consecutive Tour De France victories (while cheating drug tests) to Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension, both athletes are among the highest paid in their respective sports and the money in these cases speaks for itself.

13. Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

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13. Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

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When we make our first impressions about a particular person/group of people or an event, we are often asked to not take too much into consideration as we don't know the whole story; but in sports, first impressions are the only impressions.

For a player like Ndamukong Suh, he might be a great person off the field, but on the field, he is one of, if not the dirtiest players who ever played in the NFL. His fines over the years total 0,000.

12. Everyone Has The Right To Choose Their Destiny

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12. Everyone Has The Right To Their Own Destiny

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When applying for jobs or choosing which college we should attend, we have the final say on what situation or school we want to put ourselves in; but in the NFL or other professional sports, your first choice may not be the most ideal.

Quarterbacks like Tim Couch and David Carr lost their careers after being stuck on horrible expansion teams while players like Eli Manning and John Elway had to demand trades to get in better situations.

11. It's OK To Make Mistakes

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11. It's OK To Make Mistakes

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A common axiom in business practices is that making mistakes is OK as long as you learn from them and avoid them in the future. But in professional sports, mistakes often do not allow you to learn from them or avoid them in the future.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, in just two years, has hired a new CEO, GM and two new head coaches; but Haslam has fired them all and is now a laughingstock in NFL circles.

10. Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

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10. Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

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The phrase "Money Doesn't Buy Happiness" is completely true in real life. The friendships made and experiences one has partaken in often trumps how much is in a person's wallet, but some athletes think that money is their only friend.

For athletes like Tiger Woods, Allen Iverson and Michael Vick, who have been multi-millionaires with lavish lifestyles, this lesson doesn't apply. Or just ask anyone featured on the "Broke" documentary.

9. Don't Take Things Personally

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9. Don't Take Things Personally

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Everyday, there is someone out there (either on Twitter or in the real world) who can get under your skin and say some pretty insulting things, but we are taught be the "bigger man," figuratively. Sports has recently taught us that this is not true.

When Jonathan Martin was bullied by Richie Incognito and several teammates, Martin was so distraught that he had to leave the Dolphins this past October. Sadly, Martin was the one most criticized.

8. Stop And Smell The Roses

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8. Stop And Smell The Roses

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Stopping to smell the roses often is described as being content and happy with what you or your team have accomplished. In sports, there is no time to celebrate anything as the next season is more important than the previous.

Just ask some of the greatest teams like the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. Each team was considered one of the best ever, but never became a dynasty and their success didn't last long.

7. The Truth Shall Set You Free

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7. The Truth Shall Set You Free

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The only thing worse than being caught doing something bad is later being caught again trying to cover up yourself with even more lies. In sports, liars persist and constantly dig themselves even deeper.

After Ryan Braun went on an all-out attack against the collector who compromised his drug test, Braun was exposed and thus suspended. Others like Pete Rose dug themselves too deep in lies and never recovered. Liars will always exist.

6. Time Heals All Wounds

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6. Time Heals All Wounds

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Time heals all wounds is meant to say that certain arguments or poor moments ease as time passes by, but in sports, some of these moments last lifetimes and will never be forgotten.

From the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier nasty comments to Steve Bartman's error in Chicago in 2003, time does not heal all wounds, and in some cases, worsens them even more. Frazier never forgave Ali and Cubs fans will never forgive Bartman no matter what.

5. Turn The Other Cheek

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5. Turn The Other Cheek

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“Turn the other cheek” and “an eye for an eye” both say essentially the same thing as two wrongs don’t make a right. But in sports, turning the other cheek is a hard thing to do.

Just ask Ron Artest in 2005. After "not" being the instigator of the Malice at the Palace (Ben Wallace actually was), Artest was hit by a cup of beer by a fan, then proceeded to go into the stands. Anyone else would have done the same thing in that same situation.

4. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

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4. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

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As Kelly Clarkson made famous, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger is supposed to mean that when bad times are coming to you, you can bounce back and overcome those obstacles. But in sports, this phrase should be thrown out.

From players like Dennis Byrd to Mike Utley and Kevin Everett, players in sports who play physical games like football and hockey put their lives out on the line everyday and sometimes get seriously injured.

3. Win Without Boasting

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3. Win Without Boasting

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Sportsmanship is taught early on in youth sports as a means to respect your opponents and to be humble after any contest. However, in professional sports, this concept is just garbage.

From Richard Sherman's taunting of Michael Crabtree after making the biggest play of his life to the 1990's Miami Hurricanes taunts after almost every play, boasting and being passionate about the game you love should not be the worst thing in the world.

2. You/We Are Not The Center Of The Universe

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2. You/We Are Not The Center Of The Universe

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Everyone knows of or has a friend who feels like everyone is here to serve them and that their will should be done. In sports, however, these athletes revel in the spotlight and have a sense of entitlement bigger than anyone else.

Because of the attention we place on these athletes and the money that comes with these pro sports, many players operate as if they are the best thing since sliced bread. Just ask J.R. smith or Johnny Manziel.

1. Nobody Is Perfect

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1. Nobody Is Perfect

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Indeed, no human can be perfect. Everyone has their own transgressions and indiscretions that plague a person for days or years; but in terms of sports, some athletes have either the perfect situation or are surrounded by perfection.

From Derek Jeter's apparent clean-cut image to Tom Brady's looks and his Brazilian model wife Gisele Bundchen to Alex Morgan's combination of talent and good looks, some athletes are pretty close to perfection.


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