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What football teaches you about life

When you play football, you learn more than just the rules of the game. It provides you with tools that can be carried over into other aspects of your life. Football requires quick thinking, quick action and the ability to work as part of a team. These skills can help you stay focused and productive in your personal and professional life.

Part of a team

In football you win and lose as a team. Nobody carries the team alone, although one person may score the winning goal or miss a critical shot leading to a loss. In life, you will become part of many teams, from family units to groups of employees. These people rely on you and you to achieve specific goals, such as financial savings or getting a project completed on time. These relationships require collaboration, just like you work with your soccer teammates by passing the ball or blocking an opponent so they can't steal the ball from a teammate. Football helps you understand whether you can win or lose, you do it as a team. You can't go to the trouble if a group project exceeds expectations, nor if the project fails. This requires building other skills, such as strong communication, so that your teammates - or co-workers - know what you are doing and what is expected of them.

Risks and Mistakes

Taking risks like shooting from midfield can lead to failure, but it can also lead to an amazing win. This is also true in life. Learning to take risks means that you open the door to new ideas and interesting things to do, even when they fail. Taking risks that don't work - in the field and on the go - helps you deal with mistakes, learn from them, and make changes to improve future decisions instead of sinking into despair when things don't work the way you do wish it. It also means dealing with other people's mistakes, whether that person is an arbitrator making the wrong call or a family member using poor judgment when investing money.

How to lose

Even the best football teams occasionally lose what is an important lesson in your life. You may have the best game you've ever played, but the team is still losing. This will help you survive interviews where you will receive the dreaded "thank you but no thanks" letter or be turned over for promotion. Losing in football can enliven the team, and you and your teammates will require additional practice to work on skills that need improvement, such as dribbling, passing, or scoring. The same goes for life. Use the loss to focus your energies on how to win that promotion next time.

More lessons

Soccer also helps you develop other valuable skills. It teaches you the importance of attitude and how a good attitude can invigorate other people and yourself. You can see that you can always be better - practice is key, and the more you practice, study, or work on a project, the better you or it can be. Football teaches you dignity when you win and after you lose. This helps you live and work with others as social and professional roles are constantly changing.