Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Passion: The Ultimate Motivator

By Daniel Kelly


Passion is something that each person possesses.  Passion can arise suddenly, but it can also vanish so quickly.  Passion can motivate some to accomplish what others consider impossible.  The passion which one exhibits can profoundly impact others, and it can do so in ways that the people who are impacted do not even realize consciously.  It can influence people to commit such amazing acts.  Well, passion has taken me over.  It is what drives me to write my articles, and to do all that I can to grow the great sport of wrestling in any way that I can. 
Daniel Kelly, Shaun Lally, and Ryan Nowicki with Beat The Streets Wrestlers, September 2013.
                I am a Volunteer Coach for the Beat The Streets New York City organization.  I enjoy getting the opportunity to work with the kids and the great coaching staff.  It is amazing to see how wrestling helps these kids grow in so many ways.  As a coach, I am always learning and developing just as the kids I coach.  I love wrestling, and it is truly a passion of mine.  It always will be.  It encompasses who I am as a person.
From left:  Daniel Kelly, Alex Stewart (Norwich), Shaun Lally, and Wes DeSouza (Montclair State).
                This year I had the pleasure of volunteering for the annual Beat The Streets Gala event in Times Square.  I brushed shoulders with some heavy hitters, and I also had the opportunity to converse with other coaches and volunteers.  I met a few members of the Norwich University wrestling program who also happened to be volunteering to help with the Gala event.  What is important to note is that this university sits nowhere near New York City.  It takes about six hours to drive to the university from Manhattan.  Alex Stewart is one of the Norwich wrestlers.  We spoke about a lot of different things relating to wrestling.  Alex elaborated on his trip to the Gala.  "The six hour drive is nothing compared to the importance of wrestling in our lives.  We want to project that to younger generations.  Don't be one foot in, one foot out.  Commit to the sport completely."
                     I spent more time speaking with Alex about his level of dedication and passion for wrestling.  As I explained to Alex how I am trying to help people with wrestling as a mechanism for personal change and growth, he made a statement which caused me to have an epiphany at that very moment.  Alex said, "Daniel, the more you grow wrestling, the more wrestling grows you."  It's funny; the more I grow wrestling, the more wrestling grows me.