Kids Sports Psychology – Talent vs. Work Ethic

Kids sports psychology – which is more important talent or work ethic?

Talent is overrated. A talented athlete without willingness to prepare will not be successful in the long run.

Bringing up work ethic is one of the best things a parent or coach can do for the kids in sports.

We found some good suggestions for parents and coaches to develop a good work ethic in their kids.

How to Bring Up the Work Ethic?

Praise kids’ effort – not the results.

No false praise. Don’t praise, if the effort was clearly lacking.

Let kids know that athletes who have the work ethic will be successful in the long run, over the natural athletes.

Teach kids they often can’t control the outcome, but they can control the effort they put to prepare.

Tell kids you consider them a success, when they have had the will to prepare – no matter what the result is.

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