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The Worst Teacher I Ever Had

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Xan Barksdale

I vividly remember the first time that someone told me “I would never play professional baseball.”  I was in 7th grade in my Pre-Algebra class and Ms. Edwards had everyone in the class take turns stand up and tell everyone else what they wanted to do when they grew up.

Some people said that they wanted to be doctors, others said that they wanted to run the family business.  When it was my turn there was only one thing that I had ever put any serious thought into so I said I wanted to “be a professional baseball player.”

To me that was a pretty standard answer.  I spent all day everyday practicing, playing, or thinking about baseball.  Judging by Ms. Edwards reaction though, you would have thought that I said I wanted to be Batman and save Gotham City!

She stopped class and told me that I should be more realistic because “you will never play professional baseball.”  I couldn’t believe that my teacher was trying to shatter my dreams!

Ms. Edwards didn’t shatter my dreams though…she helped fuel my desire to succeed.  Whenever I got tired I kept working hard because I wanted to prove her wrong.  After practice when everyone else was going home, I hit one more bucket of balls because I wanted to prove her wrong.  When I was in the weight room and I thought I was exhausted I kept going because I wanted to prove Ms. Edwards wrong.

Everyone has their own “Ms. Edwards” who tries to bring you down and tell you that you can’t do something.  I’m here to tell you that Ms. Edwards was wrong!  I played for 3 years in the Atlanta Braves minor league system.  I’d love to have the chance to see Ms. Edwards again and let her know that I remembered her comment and that I proved her wrong!

I made a video that I want you to watch every time someone tells you that you can’t do something.

I hope you enjoy the video.  Stay motivated, work hard, and you CAN achieve anything that you are willing to work for!

Written By
Xan Barksdale

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