Raised in a family of three boys, competition was a way of life. On top of that being the middle child of three boys leaves you with an identity crisis that makes winning a must. Our father pushed us to our absolute limit. Throughout the childhood years we played soccer, hockey, skiiing, baseball, basketball, and football. Having to follow in the footsteps of a perennial all-star older brother, I put it on myself to match him in every sport.
By the time high school hit I had developed into an intensely emotional competitor. I had earned the utmost respect from my peers and established myself as the alpha male. I ran the 100 meters, did high jump, long jump, started as the quarterback, and was j.v. shooting guard my freshman year. By my senior year I became what people referred to as a triple threat athlete. I was the starting wide receiver, linebacker, kicker, and punter. I developed the confidence, swagger, and charisma of a leader of over 100 people. When a clutch moment arose, everyone knew that it was me who was going to get or kick the ball. At seasons end I had received honors of First Team-All South Coast League, First Team-All C.I.F., First Team All Southern California, O.C. All Star Game, and National-Scholar Athlete.
I continued my career at Santa Barbara City College where my courage and composure were put to the ultimate test. Going into our fifth game the team was 0-4 and was lacking moral and swagger, all that changed when I lined up with thirty seconds remaining for a 50 yard game winning field goal. I nailed it in what was my first collegiate attempt. With the confidence and hope back the very next week the game came down to another game winning attempt. I lined up from 46 yards this time and did the same thing. The team carried so much momentum that we won out our season and ended up 6-4 winning a league title.
I believe that how someone responds when the pressure is on defines them. What I accomplished says a lot of things about me. It assures you that I lack fear, intimidation, and can maintain my composure in a make or break situation. These skills will translate over into the business world when charisma is the pressure.