Ethan Westbrooks achieved his goal when he made the 53rd man on the St. Louis Rams’ roster on Saturday. The rookie defense lineman got a tattoo on his face three years ago as inspiration to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. While his method of motivation may have been unconventional he believes it is part of the reason he succeeded.
Of course it took more than a tattoo for Westbrooks to make the Rams’ roster; he had to work hard over the last three years. Before joining the Rams, Westbrooks was a star player for West Texas A&M. Now a proud member of the NFL, he has sported a tattoo located under his left eye which reads, “Laugh now, Cry later” for the last three years. Every time he looked in the mirror he was reminded of his dream to succeed.
During a recent interview with ESPN Westbrooks shared the story surrounding the motivational method behind his success. While attending Sacramento City Junior College where he also played football Westbrooks was working at a local Toys ‘R’ Us retail store. He did not like the job and decided that store would be the last normal job he had. Ultimately, he quit and began seeking a way to ensure he was motivated to do what was necessary for a job that better suited his skill set.
Westbrooks decided the best way to keep himself motivated would be to have permanent reminder looking back at him every time he looked in a mirror. The answer the player came up with was a tattoo. He then decided,
I might as well go ahead and get it on the face because if nothing else, it will help motivate me to either be a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job or hopefully I make it in the NFL and don’t have to work too hard to do something else.
Westbrooks added he has no regret for doing it. The tattoo speaks for itself and he does not feel as if it is a bad thing now. It worked.
Many do not attempt their goals at all because they see the task of planning for them as a huge mountain they cannot conquer. Half the battle is developing the right strategy, over time the goals that once seemed impossible, become much easier to obtain. The key is instead of lending valuable focus to the negatives surrounding those goals; begin to assess what you already possess and strengthen those areas.
Actions are nothing short of our response to our motivation or the lack thereof. Once the fire has been lit it is important to move quickly and use that as momentum to implement our goals. Life gives us what we are willing to put into it. Goals are not prejudice nor do they play favorites; they are conquered when the person pursuing them puts forth consistent effort, planning and hardcore dedication.
Ethan Westbrooks, rookie player for the St. Louis Rams, achieved his goal Saturday when he made the 53rd man on the roster. His incredible performance in training camp and the preseason is widely regarded as the reason Michael Sam was cut. The rookie defense lineman got a tattoo on his face three years ago as inspiration to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. While his method of motivation may be unconventional he attributes part of his success to the brand on his face.
Opinion By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)