6 Life Lessons that Anyone Can Learn From Playing Team Sports

6 Life Lessons that Anyone Can Learn From Playing Team Sports

Team sports can teach us important life lessons that we can embody for the rest of our life.
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The human race learns best from personal experience, and through that personal experience, they learn lessons that they can embody for the rest of their life. Additionally, there can be specific lessons that can be learned only through experiencing certain events. Playing team sports can help us learn those lessons and simultaneously enjoy life. I encourage any person to participate in a team sport, whether it be organized teams in a park, or simple backyard pickup games. Wherever you may be, these lessons can always be learned.

1. Hard Work

Through hard work, success can be obtained. That is a principle that all sports follows. We all learn that we need to work hard to improve and reach our true potential as athletes. This mentality can quickly pick up the slack where talent leaves. A common quote I hear quite often is “Always remember that when you are training, there is always someone out there working harder than you. Because of that, you cannot just quit, but rather keep on going.

2. Teamwork

When we graduate from college and get jobs, we will most likely find ourselves participating in a group environment where teamwork is imperative to success. Team sports are a great way to learn those mechanics, where each individual learns to find their niche on the team, and once each member does, the team becomes greater than the sum of the parts. We learn how the importance of the team supplants the recognition of individual accolades-that by working together as a group with a common goal, things can be accomplished that otherwise would be out of the reach of individuals.

3. Sacrifice

At a young age, we learn that it takes a lot of sacrifice in order contribute to a team and find the success that we all want. Activities such as gaming and watching TV must be sacrificed for the greater good of the team.

4. Goal Setting and Striving for Them

There are two types of goals: Short term and long term. Successful people set their own goals, both short term and long term to help them envision what they want. Setting both team goals and individual goals can help a team become more cohesive. Those goals can help mirror the improvement desired and then once those goals are set, then a plan can be set for them. Similarly, this can also be implemented in other aspects of our life. We can create those goals, and once those goals are set, we can better plan for the path we wish to take to get there, thus creating organization.

5. Overcoming adversity

Life is not fair and it will never be fair. Thus, we will come across brick walls and other such obstacles. However, those obstacles imposed on us aren’t there to prevent us from reaching us, it is to see how badly we want to attain those goals. Learning how to overcome those brick walls can teach us quickly the mind set needed in order to break through them and obtain what we want.

6. Before success comes failure -- sports teaches you how to deal with both

When success is obtained, there usually comes a strong desire to brag about it. But through those lessons we can learn that such accomplishments can be appreciated without demeaning the opponent, thus maintaining the spirit of an important principle: Sportsmanship.

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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In Case You Didn't Know, Florida Will Be Greatly Affected By These Three Amendments

In my opinion, Amendment 2 and 5 are the two most important amendments on this year's Florida ballot.

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In addition to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), meeting every 20 years, Florida also has a commission named the Taxation & Budget Revision Commission (TBRC) which also meets every twenty years and the last commission was in 2008. However, there are budget amendments on the 2018 Florida ballot. Three amendments are noted as legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. 49 states have a law in place for citizens to vote on these types of proposed constitutional amendments. Florida is the only state that has several commissions that meet to address changes to their constitution.

The three amendments proposed by Florida's legislation are:

Amendment1 – Increase Homestead Property Tax Exemption

Amendment 2 – Limitation of Property Tax Assessments

Amendment 5 – Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees

Amendment 1 proposes to increase the homestead exemption for homes in the state of Florida over the value of $100,000. The ballot summary reads, "Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect on January 1, 2019."

The median property tax value of a home in the state of Florida is $182,400. In Orlando, the median home value is appraised at $228,600. Currently, 3.34% of Orange Counties homeowners property tax is part of the county's yearly income. To decrease this amount by any percentage causes the state and counties to find other avenues to recover this loss. In addition, if small counties are unable to recover the loss this will backfire as they will be forced to reduce their public services.

Amendment 2 proposes to limit property tax assessment increases on a specified non-homestead real property, with the exception of school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. In 2008, voters approved the 10 percent cap but is set to expire in January 2019. The ballot summary reads, "Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on a specified non-homestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect on January 1, 2019."

If this amendment is not made permanent the assessment of commercial property taxes will revert to full property value. This amendment is important to all Floridians and if fails the results can be a burden on everyone.

Amendment 5 proposes to require two-thirds of the legislature to increase taxes or fees amendments. This means each chamber of the Florida State Legislature must have a two-thirds with the exception of corporate income tax. The ballot summary reads, "Prohibits the legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature in a bill containing no other subject. This proposal does not authorize a state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Constitution and does not apply to fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be imposed by a county, municipality, school board, or special district. "

This means a tax increase or fee amendment cannot be increased unless a single party controlled a majority of the seats in the state Senate and the state House. This amendment also states no other subject can be carried with this vote. There are 15 states that require a supermajority vote.

Final thoughts on these three amendments.

Amendment 1 has its merits for homeowners that want to save a few hundred dollars on their taxes. What it does not do is benefit every Floridian and if passed will eventually be a burden as well. The counties that don't get the benefit of the income from the tax will eventually cause them to cut costs in other places like school funding, and municipal services. The government agencies could find a way to recoup the loss, by increasing sales tax, gas tax, or enact a state wage tax.

Amendment 2 needs to be passed because it is in place and has been in place since 2008. It will expire in January 2019, and if we fail to pass it will become another financial burden to the taxpayers. Non-homestead property taxes will increase which causes a burden on business, and Floridians will be affected by either raising prices to absorb the costs or reducing their workforce.

Amendment 5 is just common sense. The state should have enacted this amendment in 1968 instead of the CRC and maybe we would not have a commission every ten to twenty years to review our constitution.

In my opinion, Amendment 2 and 5 are the two most important amendments on this year's Florida ballot.

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