Salvatore Toia holds on strongly to many values and life lessons he has gained through experiences in sports.
There are many values and important lessons in life that can be learned while participating in sports. Working together with a team to face new obstacles and challenges with the hope of being the best is the perfect environment to learn about life and those qualities that help us succeed in it. Below are just a few of the important life lessons and values that Salvatore Toia has found through sports to be beneficial in both his personal life and professional career.
- Confidence. Perhaps the most important quality that comes from participation in sports is confidence. When players win a game or accomplish a hard-earned goal, they build confidence in themselves.
- Teamwork. Working together as part of a team requires patience, understanding, and respect for others. When players work together, they learn those skills, recognizing that they may not always agree with their teammates, and they may sometimes have to concede to others on the team for the greater goal. Salvatore Toia has found this to be especially true in his professional life as teams allow ideas to grow and make work take less time. He has also found it true that there is no self-made man and that a person is really able to grow and succeed through the help and support of others.
- Composure. The ability to maintain composure when things get tough is an incredibly important but often hard-learned skill. Holding it together when you feel like giving up is important to win games and accomplish goals. When life throws out stressful and high pressure situations, Salvatore Toia now knows how to best compose himself to overcome obstacles and succeed.
- Grace. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Maintaining grace when we lose is important to save face. Dealing with failure and defeat will push anyone to their limit, but a graceful loser is much better than a “sore loser”.
- Humility. Just as nobody likes a sore loser, equally true is that nobody likes a sore winner. Maintaining a sense of humility and appreciation for those who helped us win shows poise and dignity, an important skill to learn in life.
- Diligence. Hard work and determination are two important skills necessary to be the best at a sport, and difficult challenges abound along the way. Work hard, play hard, win.
- Sacrifice. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, so the saying goes. And, to be the best, players will have to set priorities and make some choices in order to achieve their goals. There will be sacrifice, but the end result is often hard-earned success.
- Self-Care. Sports encourage players to be fit – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Players that work hard, eat well, and get plenty of rest are more poised to win, both on the field and in everyday life.
- Respect. Organized sports encourage players to appreciate and respect others. There are typically negative consequences for behaving disrespectfully toward one another, and teamwork generally requires mutual acknowledgement, recognition and reassurance. Salvatore Toia believes strongly that respect goes a long way and can leave a positive impact on your life as well as the lives of others.
- Self-Awareness. Sports outcomes encourage players to self-reflect upon their gains and losses. It encourages players to know themselves better, determine their strengths and weaknesses, understand where they need to work harder or improve, and respect where their boundaries and limits lie.
Life’s lessons are sometimes hard learned, but the values and lessons learned from participating in sports provide players with the skills necessary to handle the challenges and successes that come to them in life down the road.
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