Wise Beyond His Years

Marcus Holman holding the MLL Championship trophy
Have you ever talked or spent time with someone who seemed wiser than he or she should be? Well I had the great pleasure of speaking and interviewing someone like that on my Lacrosse & Sport Podcast this week.
Marcus Holman is an American professional lacrosse player for the Ohio Machine , the 2017 MLL Champions. Holman was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He was an attackman for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and had started in 52 of UNC’s 62 games (84%) in the last four years. He was UNC’s all-time leading scorer until Joey Sankey surpassed him during the 2015 season. He joined the Ohio Machine in 2013 and was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year.
Marcus Holman scored four in a row would make the Ohio Machine the MLL Champions for the first time in program history.
Marcus and I met last summer at the lacrosse camp I run in Florida with my friend and business partner Roger Welton. We hired Marcus to come and share his lacrosse wisdom with our campers. Marcus was a respectful, humble, but very focused individual who has a high standard for excellence and accomplishment that transcended to the players. His ability to connect, coach and inspire everyone around him was nothing less than admirable. I immediately felt a connection and admiration for my new friend and the star lacrosse player who is almost half my age.
So why do I want to share this interview with you and what is there for you to gain from this? It starts with the saying that many of you have heard from my lips or read from some post that I shared, “How you do one thing, is how you do everything.” In our interview with Marcus, he shares the winning formula for his success on and off the lacrosse field, his daily habits and routines that fuel his desire to be better, and his passion for living life and playing lacrosse at a high standard. Lessons all of us can learn from regardless of what you do, where you’re from or what age you’re at.
Marcus left me inspired, but also motivated me to be better and achieve more in my life, so I figured I would pay it forward so it could do the same for you.
I hope you enjoy the podcast and gain the similar motivations I had from the shares of Marcus Holman, a professional lacrosse player and young man who is wise beyond his years.
Yours in health and fitness,
If you like lacrosse you might also like Roger’s blog:


The Benefits Of Participating In Sports

Playing Football and Lacrosse In High School
Me playing football and lacrosse in high school.

I can’t even begin to tell you how important playing sports in my youth was to the development of the person I am today both personally and professionally, but I’ll do my best.

You see, sports creates a unique opportunity for children of all ages to feel part of a community, that community being the participants of that sport. Community is essential to creating lasting benefits in positive socialism, building friendships, and respecting elders or others in charge (coaches). The friendships that I built and still remain strong are those that I played sports with beginning with Little League baseball, soccer, Pop Warner football, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball and swimming. Yes, I did play all those sports and was part of a team, for better or worse for each them.

Which leads to the next benefit, sport creates opportunity to explore ones likes or dislikes by participating in a variety of sports. The multi-sport athlete is a benefit for a variety of reasons, but one is that you get to try everything. Sometimes hidden talents may emerge when you try something new. So go out and try all the sports you can. But I have one rule to that, “Don’t quit any of them if you committed, even if you don’t like it.” You must finish out the season because once you quit at one sport, you’ll likely to quit at another or become a quitter in life.

Another outstanding benefit of partsicpiating in sports is that you learn to win and lose, which is a part of life. In my opinion not everyone is a winner like some programs advocate. You have to earn your stars to be a winner and you can do that on a sport team. It takes the same type of discipline, commitment, sacrifice and focus that you’ll need in life to be successful. And losing is hard to swallow, and also is a part of life. The sooner you learn to lose, the sooner you’ll build the confidence to deal with it and move on.

And finally, and probably the most important benefit of playing sports, It’s Fun! You bet it is. Running, jumping, throwing, passing, catching, falling, hitting, tackling, punching, and swimming are all natural to our human make up. We were meant to do all these things for survival thousands of years ago. So if you don’t play sports these ingrained genetic dispositions become dormant or lazy. That laziness can lead to obesity, metabolic disease, hypertension, poor motor skills that are required to age gracefully.

The benefits go on and on! So if you or kids don’t think playing a sport is beneficial for life, think again and get them on the playing field for “game of life“!


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