Mental Mondays with Ben Askren: Expectations Don't Define You



yo guys Ben Askren pack with another methyl Monday from any NCAA championships we talked about one last week we'll talk about one again this week and that is another message sometimes I just like hammering my messages home and we'll see that the highest level makes sense you guys can improve behind it whatever your expectations are already I say this all the time that I was not a great wrestler as a kid I continued to get better and better and better and now you know we had two great examples of this at the NCAA Championships one being drew foster never won a high school state title was 1518 as a freshman and his career as the NCAA champion we have another example Anthony guitar one time New Jersey state champion never never made the state tournament till senior year one it never made the Penn State lamp to a senior year one it we had a great example last year Mike machiavel from NC State hey I think you need a walk-on maybe won a state title one in it's a title so weird–whoa here's what we're talking about guys term of guys who accomplished less than stellar things in high school and then they accomplished at Lille the highest level of folks down wrestling you can earn and so when you're thinking about hey maybe I didn't do that great at this a term this year don't think like you can make this small little jump to next year like you can make big jumps and that is the number one thing I love most about sport wrestling is that it's very egalitarian that anyone who chooses to put in a time effort and thought can get much much much better at it so now that we have a few more examples at the highest level obviously I'm gonna bring those up again so drew foster Anthony Kassar thank you guys for doing what you did thank you guys for not being superstars when you're kids because then sometimes I think people think oh they were great when they were young I can't achieve as they get older and now we see you guys struggling as high school athletes and achieving at the highest level as college wrestlers that's awesome great example you guys don't forget that you can achieve if you really put the time in I appreciate you as always listen these metal Mondays and I hope that is a really simple good message I've said you going for they remind you guys again have a great Monday

11 Comments

  • Philip Hernandez

    April 14, 2019

    Look tired af

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  • Philip Hernandez

    April 14, 2019

    This ben askren channel or someone uploading?

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  • Spaniard Prince

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you for sharing the knowledge my man! Very kind/cool of you to share.

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  • Danial Summerfield

    April 14, 2019

    Great message.

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  • Goat Stature

    April 14, 2019

    Wrestle dillon danis

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  • ig2d

    April 14, 2019

    Just another mental monday, that's my fun day, I don't have to run day, just another mental monday

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  • mrjjman2010

    April 14, 2019

    this sounds very similar to the incremental vs concrete level of potential, or something along those lines. From what I understand it’s the philosophy that some people have an incremental mindset where they can get better and better and some think they’re great but have a concrete mindset and at times it can be fluid but like anything else is probably mostly affected by your habits and mindset, and likely can change. I’m doing a crappy job at explaining it but it’s basically the thought that you either have a set potential or can get better and better slowly, and the person with incremental type mindset usually surpasses the person with a concrete mindset of their potential even if the concrete person was initially much better/more skilled.

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  • Jon Skrzy

    April 14, 2019

    ??

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  • Anonymous Conflict

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks Ben; I think this applies to a lot of things in life outside of sports (which I'm sure you'd agree). I also think it's equally worth acknowledging that many kids start out highly successful, and think their accolades will keep them from slipping into mediocrity down the road. Something we need to avoid at all costs ?

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  • Brian Jackson

    April 14, 2019

    This is an important message, because I've seen High School kids approaching the sport thinking that the State finals is their "last shot". Then they kind of give up on the sport. However, it has a lot more to offer, especially as they continue to grow as young adults, if they stick with it. Just stay involved and good things will happen.

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  • chris french

    April 14, 2019

    I appreciate you pointing this out. Good stuff.

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