When the Lights Are Brightest
Will You F*** It Up?
I was watching Draft Academy this morning and wondered this very question. Shane Ray, a projected top 10 pick at the time, was cited with DUI and marijuana possession charges the week leading up to the draft. Conventional wisdom would say he has to be the dumbest person ever. While I somewhat agree, I do make the distinction that this was a dumb decision, not necessarily the act of a dumb person. I must admit though, I don’t know the specifics of the incident or the circumstances, but I do know that when there are millions on the line, it’s probably better to not put yourself in those situations…but hey, that’s just me.
Even though it could have been easy to write this kid off, the next scenes proved to be the more important part of the story. Chris Carter, a hall of famer with his own well documented off the field issues, came to see him in the moments leading up to the draft. He reminded Shane that once he forgave himself, it was now time to become great. Once he was able to move past this mistake, it was now time to show everyone the true potential he had.
Sometimes it’s easy to write off someone, even yourself, when they or you make a mistake. Even if not one single person believes your potential, you believe in your potential. Mistakes come and go. Make a decision to learn and move forward.