Originally written on Gumbeaux Sports  |  Last updated 5/18/15
“Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback,” (Psychology Today).  When looking at individuals within sports, it seems that people rarely take to the psychological side to explain various successes or failures. Although it is a very atypical job, sometimes one has to look at playing a sport as a regular job. Athletes may not clock in and out and stress about the benefits a job carries, but they do get hired and fired, per se, on a contractual basis. NBA players can bounce around the league throughout their careers without ever finding a true “home” within a team. I look at someone like Ron Mercer, for example, who played for a total of seven teams in his seven year NBA career. Mercer was a highly touted first round draft pick for the Boston Celtics–that is, until someone named Paul Pierce came along. Sure, there ...
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