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Sports are a great thing, even mixed up in all of the lockouts in the NFL and what is to come in the NBA. Hopefully there will not be any strike or lockout in the NBA and hopefully the NFL situation will end quickly. You know what though, there is always some place else to go if you are a true sports fan. If the NFL does not have a season, that's ok just tune into your favorite college team and watch the game on Saturday instead of Sunday or every other day of the week. This article isn't really about that it is about a man that is the best at what he does.

Who am I talking about you ask. Well, let's take a look inside ourselves. doesn't everyone want to be the best they can be at their dream job. A lot of us don't take the opportunities we need to take advantage of what talents we are given. We don't go for it. That's a big reason I like to write. I think I'm fairly good at it and I think I have a talent for it.

Love of the game Most athletes play sports for a reason. I'm a throwback and I think that reason is that they love to play the sport that they choose. Professional athletes, yes they get a paycheck, but yes most of them love to play the game. They grew up playing it, and played at every opportunity once their parents introduced the sport to them and stopped pushing them to go to every practice and every game. At some point they started to really enjoy taking the field, smelling the grass, and all the other smells at the football field or baseball diamond.

Hard Work Those guys got better and better and most worked extremely hard to do what they wanted to do. Neil Walker grew up around Pittsburgh and loved to watch the Pirates, and I'm sure he was a Steelers and Penguins fan too. I've never seen an article about him and who his favorite players were, but there were many to choose from even though the Pirates were in the midst of their losing streak while he was growing up.

All Star Really, I'm not talking about Neil Walker. The story has something to do with Evan Meek. Do you remember how well he pitched last year. He was on the all-star team he pitched so well. Meek went through quite a bit and worked extremely hard to finally reach the point where he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Being an all star, despite the fact that the game has lost some credibility, is still a very exciting feat. I would say that to that point in his career Evan Meek was at the Pinnacle of his career. He had worked hard practiced hard and was sought out when the Pirates needed someone to set up a save.

Sought after Can you imagine being the only person on your team that the coach looks to in a certain situation. You are sought after by your coach and depended on to do your job. This story isn't really about Evan Meek though. Evan has had a fairly rough year. He's had arm problems and been on the disabled list. Recently after a short time back from the disabled list Meek felt great for a while, but after pitching several games he realized his arm wasn't what it should be. The Pirates again shut him down and put him on the disabled list with a prescription of rehabilitation and treatment for the ailing shoulder.

Second Opinion Meek was unsure and requested to have a second opinion. The Pirates consented and Meek sought out his second opinion. Who did he go to? That's the real point in this article, Meek sought out the opinion of the most highly regarded Orthopedic Surgeons in the world. If you are an prized athlete and your team values your talent they will take no chances with your care. Dr. James Andrews is the most well known orthopedic surgeon in all professional sports. Just like the top athletes in sports, ARod, Troy Polamalu, Sidney Crosby in their sports Dr. James Andrews has reached the top of his profession. I don't know how he has time to look after all of these injured athletes, but every time one of them tears a ligament or muscle he is the man.

The best in his field He did not reach that expertise by sitting around and absorbing knowledge, he undoubtedly studied as much as athletes practiced and worked his tail off. That is the real story here. A tail of the best athletes and how they are not so different than professionals outside the world of sports. If you want to achieve your goals and be sought out as an expert or simply by friends needing an opinion you need to work at it and earn their trust. If you do that and have the knowledge to back it up you will achieve what you want. Maybe you'll be to your profession or the passion in your life what Dr. Andrews is to his. I know the Pittsburgh Pirates and Evan Meek trust Dr. Andrews with his arm.


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