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January 15, 2019

Why Not Us?

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I played college soccer, and more than anything I wanted to win a conference championship my senior year. My co-captain, Ramon Martin Del Campo, and I adopted a simple message for or season, “Why not us?”.

There were 8 teams in our conference, and obviously somebody had to win it, so we figured “Why not us?” It didn’t feel like too much of a stretch, and it gave us a renewed confidence stepping onto the field to help try and turn our dream into a reality. With this mentality we became the #1 seed and clinched home field advantage.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t us. Our season ended with a heart-breaking last second loss, but I learned the valuable lesson that it’s okay to dream to beat the odds. And I feel like this lesson translates beyond sports. This has encouraged me to be the one that stands out from the crowd in all areas of my life.

“Why not us?” is a mentality, and it creates an aura of possibility. And that hope is all of the motivation you’d need to dedicate yourself to making it happen. Take it from this timeless quote from Dumb and Dumber. After Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd Christmas, hears that it’s one in a million that he will end up with the girl he loves, his response was “So you’re saying there’s a chance?”

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