Go For Gold Not Silver
Growing up, I was always told that I should not accept second
best in life. We only have one shot at life, as far as we know
at present, therefore you need to make the most of it. This
article talks about this subject.
At the age of around twelve, I was bought a five foot snooker
table for my birthday. This was something I had wanted for quite
a long time and I have to say, it is probably the best present I
was ever bought and I quickly became hooked on playing the game.
I would play snooker, either with friends or on my own, I did
not care. My dream was to be the next Steve Davis, however I was
aware that the chances of this happening were extremely slight.
Around six months later, I joined a local snooker hall with
three of my friends, this is where we could play on full size
tables. The sheer size of the tables came as quite a shock and
at the start it was difficult to pot even what should have been
the simple shots. The table was twelve foot by six foot which
was more than twice the size of my table at home.
We started to play every week. We were very impressed with the
club and found out that it offered free coaching for children
under the age of sixteen on a Saturday morning. The coach who
was called Glen and who was aged around thirty at the time asked
us if we would like to attend. He was a larger than life
character and a very good snooker player. We all decided to turn
up on the next Saturday, it was free after all. There were
snooker tournaments every month as well as coaching and they
gave us free drinks and toast.
The first aim of all of the people who played on the Saturday
morning was to score a twenty break as not one of us had ever
had a twenty break. I was extremely determined that it would be
me and listened carefully to what I was being taught and tried
hard to implement it into my game.
My progress was quite rapid and to my amazement I was the first
person to score that elusive twenty break. People around the
snooker table I was playing on started to applaud and I was
walking around with a beaming smile on my face. I felt on top of
Glen who was on the other side of the room wondered over to find
out what all of the noise was about. I thought he would be so
proud of me and happy at my achievement, however he stated that
if I could score twenty, I could score thirty. He told me to
stop messing about and smiling, and to re-concentrate on the job
I had been brought straight back down to earth and was a bit
gutted to say the least. This lesson was a very good one for me
to learn at such an early age and I eventually went on to have
breaks of over one hundred.