It’s the voice in your head that that tells you to push through past seemingly impossible fatigue on the gridiron. It’s the thought that keeps your motor running at a supreme level on the hardwood.
It’s getting your parents that new house, it’s retiring your grandmother, it’s, simply, never wanting to be picked last again.
Motivating factors in sports range from the simple to the simply inconceivable; but they’re all necessary factors in the production of elite talent.
Every Monday we’ll catch up with elite athletes on all levels and get them to dish on the single most powerful motivating factor that’s gotten them to where they are now.
Today we caught up with Spartanburg Day School’s (Spartanburg, S.C.) Zion Williamson, a five-star forward who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 60 for 2018.
The greatest motivating factor that’s gotten me to where I am today is… “Getting my mom off of her job. I don’t want her to have to stress about working at all; I want her to be able to choose whether she wants to work or not. She does a lot for me and I think that would be the perfect way to pay her back, but even that wouldn’t be enough. That’s why I work as hard as I do, so, one day, she won’t have to.”
Here are the fruits of Zion Williamson’s motivation.
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