Mar 24, 2013


By Josh Hunt

We are all plagued by flaws. Some of us are fat while others are skinny. Some are seemly born experienced while others are naïve. Some of us are naturally strong while others have to work for it. I believe that it has been apparent in my past articles that I have a way of looking at perceived ‘negative’ issues and finding, for use of a better term, a silver lining. This might be a flaw that I carry. I am a contrarian; I find it difficult to accept things at face value, because for me there is usually so much more. Something may appear to have only one dimension, but I believe most things, to include people, are complex and multidimensional. Many times I find myself fascinated, and at times perplexed, at situations that may seem black and white, because I see things in a spectrum of grey. This over analytical side of mine can hinder events in my life due to the fact that it is hard for me to be in the moment. I am trying to breakdown the situation and make sense of it on a number of levels. This curse is a big part of who I am. It is one of the reasons I scoff at mindless TV shows like Mike and Molly (or pretty much everything on CBS, I feel that many of the programs on this network are designed to make the lowest common denominator laugh without being offensive, edgy, or clever) and I can be a real jerk when folks talk about inane music (the Insane Clown Posse is for white trash miscreants and please stop telling me Will. I. Am is an artist because he is not, additionally he was party to the abortion that was X-men Origins: Wolverine. Thanks for forcing yourself into a movie and playing a character that doesn’t exist).

The concept of a perfect person (whatever your idea of perfection is be it a Greek Adonis, an oversized Viking, or a Justin Timberlake clone) is utterly unimaginative and bores me. How horrible would it be to live in a world full of infallible individuals? Think about the duality of emotions that people would have toward you if you had no flaws. Folks would love you for being ideal, but at the same time loathe you for being faultless. Our idiosyncrasy’s make us interesting and different. They allow people, as well as ourselves, to identify who we are in matters such as: personality, intellect, and physicality. These quirks and foibles are an important things to hold dear, praise, and embrace because after all without them you are not who you are. I bring this concept up because our uniqueness in competition and training can aid us in establishing who we are as athletes (as well as men and women). When I was playing football in high school the biggest and hardest hitter on the team was not a 280 pound land behemoth, it was a 150 pound center (Mike I am talking about you). I watched him crack a teammate’s sternum during a hitting drill with almost no effort. When I saw this, I was blown away. The idea that this underweight kid destroying linemen and linebackers almost twice his size was counterintuitive to me, it did not compute. After we forged our friendship on the gridiron (and in the locker room by telling dirty jokes while referencing Star Wars, Chrono Trigger, and Marvel Comics) it dawned on me that what he lacked in size he made up in heart and furiousness. Mike loved football and wanted to play it with reckless abandon. Because of this he forced himself to hone his strengths to overcome his weaknesses (in this case his size). The fire that burned in this kid from Running Springs was infectious and he could whip a team into frenzy by watching him play (not to mention his motivational chants, all hail the Goon Squad!). I believe he was capable to carry and develop this ability and charisma because he was able to leverage his strengths due to the fact that his perceived faults made him adapt and overcome (or maybe he was just a certified bad ass and I am over analyzing the situation).

Being able to succeed in spite of flaws is one of the greatest gifts one can learn. How many times have you looked at your body and/or mindset and gotten frustrated because it didn’t fit exactly what you were doing? I know I have done this a million times. I’ve spoken to great bench pressers that have long arms, which increases their range of motion which in turn requires more energy and work to make lifts happen. But, they have figured out a way to overcome this shortfall. This can be done by refining technique, grinding the weight out, getting stronger, or sheer will. I believe they are better lifters for having these faults because they are willing to do what it takes to attain their goals. We’ve all known people with God given ability. But, in my experience many of these blessed individuals get lazy. They don’t have to put the work in that other athletes have to, and when they get defeated by a guy (or gal) that puts the work in every day it crushes them. Oft times they never developed the drive or work ethic to catch up, so they throw in the towel. I remember playing soccer with some of these individuals. They were amazing athletes up until high school, but they felt that they didn’t need to work as hard as some of us. Then when we got into competitive sports at the high school level, many of the kids that were willing to overcome their flaws and imperfections played, while some of the natural athletes ended up not playing and focusing on other aspects of their life.

Identifying your flaws is key. It is important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are and be honest with yourself. If you know how your machine works, it is easier to wrap your head around the path that lies before you, and your strategy to get to where you want to be. It’s easy to give up and get lazy because you don’t want to work on yourself and shore up your strengths while simultaneously work on what makes you lag behind other athletes. But, if you want to achieve anything in life, you’re going to have to jump hurdles, some of which are built into who you are. This is a hard thing to swallow; we’d all take the easy way out if the option was given to us. But, there is usually no easy way. It takes work and self realization. Our flaws are a part of us, it’s what we do to work around, conquer, and accept them that will propel us to the next level be it on the competitive platform or in life.

– “I am nothing. Mold me, make me into something you find worth in, deem special I am no one.
I am nothing. And I’m sure I’ll remember the love this brings me” Coalesce.


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  1. Great article Josh! …”what he lacked in size he made up in heart and furiousness” – love that.

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