Originally Posted by DrMartinRussell
I think the ability to redefine success and what to have tenacity about it important.
This guy would probably have had no life after football either if he had continued on the path he was on. His version just came a decade earlier than if he had actually succeeded in playing.
The question is: What is the goal beyond the original goal? If there isn't one, then you get the situation described in this case.
Absolutely true (though his example was hockey, not football, but the point is clear) and very well put. The NHL goal of my cousin was an end unto itself. He didn't want to play to make a bazillion dollars for retirement or get a Stanley Cup or anything of the sort, he just wanted to play in the big leagues. I often wonder, if he had made his NHL dream come true, what would have happened next, what his other goals would be that would sustain him.