These are the words of the former England Cricketer James Taylor at the recent Professional Cricketers’ Association Rookie Camp; an education and training day for first year county pros. James’ professional sporting career was cruelly cut short at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with an Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrythmia; a rare heart condition which very nearly cost him his life. During the Q&A session with the young pros, James made a point of highlighting how easy it can be to think life revolves around you and no-one else. He talked about the importance of being kind to those around you and giving people such as supporters and sponsors your time. This appreciation of the people who contributed to his career and the fans who followed him resulted in James receiving over 26million tweets about him once the news of his health had been made known to the public. This number rose to 60million in 24 hours. That is a lot of love in return.
He admitted some of this advice was given to him by his old team mate Paul Nixon, the former England, Leicester and Kent player. Paul, who was also a guest speaker, spoke about how he tried to treat the dressing room attendant with the same respect as the CEO. Being interested in what is going on in other people’s lives and asking sponsors questions about their businesses instead of expecting all the questions to be about your career were also key points.
I am not a religious man but Luke 6:38 popped into my mind “Give and it shall be given unto you.”
What you decide to give is up to you but after listening to James and Paul, Love is a pretty good starter.