Unless you have been living under a rock, the biggest Australian sporting story in years hit the media yesterday with Jarryd Hayne quitting the security of rugby league to chase his dream of playing in the NFL (American Football).

Let’s have a look at some of the things Jarryd said in his press conference yesterday and analyse how we can apply this to our “ordinary” lives.

“I’m excited about the challenge that lays ahead. As an athlete, but more so as a person.”

“I tell people all the time to follow their heart. I tell them all the time to challenge themselves, to not be comfortable. Don’t do something that’s easy, don’t do something that isn’t going to make you a better person or a stronger person. That’s what I’m doing.”

“I tell people all the time to challenge themselves. I tell them that opportunities come up in life, and that you need to take them. And not live with regret.”

“Some people are going to be upset and that makes it hard. But that’s tough, but I am not going to limit myself to doing things for other people or what people want, or hold myself back. I have to chase this dream.”

What makes professional athletes professional is not merely that they are paid for what they do. Sport is the activity that they engage in to be productive and to create the material wealth for their lives. Similar to what you and I do with our own careers. For Jarryd, he has hit all his goals in rugby league (which was to buy his mum a house…. This might have brought tears to my eyes haha), and now he has reset his goals to continue to chase his dream.

So I ask you today, are you constantly challenging yourself in sport and life? Are you chasing your dream or someone else’s??

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