Sports are not something that everyone is able to play good. It takes a special kind of person to become good at playing any type of sport, whether it is a physical sports game or one that is more laid back. It takes dedication to the game and to the team. It takes athleticism and a little bit of talent thrown in for good measure. If you are lacking in any of these areas, you can still become good, but you may have to work a little harder than others who have the same desire.

For instance, the term, “for the love of the game”, definitely applies to anyone who wants to learn how to become good at sports. If you are not happy to be out on the field, on the court, or in the water, your chances of success are less than it would be if you were happy to get up and work to become better. You have to love the game. You have to love the activity that you are taking part of. If you are not content with the sport that you have chosen to play, you could be missing out on a sport that you could enjoy playing more. This is bad and you are short changing yourself.

Are you dedicated to your sport? If so, you have the makings of a great athlete. It takes dedication to practice and perform at your best. You have to be willing to play through a variety of things that most people would say, “I’ve had enough” over. This includes playing your chosen sport during bad weather, hot temperatures, and even sometimes personal injury. A person who is dedicated to it will not wake up and feel like they do not want to deal with it and take a day completely away from it. Even on the days that they want to avoid it, they will still work out or practice.

You also stand a better chance of reaching your goal if you are persistent. If you are not willing to sacrifice your dream of becoming good at a particular sport, you are going to get closer to having all of your dreams come true. Every professional athlete has struggled to get where they are. If you want to make it, you have to struggle and keep trying. Greatness comes only to those who are willing to reach for the stars.

Everyone knows that an athlete gets paid well if they are good enough to make it to a professional level. In 2015, the amount of money that athletes earned reached well over $3 billion and that is only the earned income of the most popular athletes. Most athletes make way more than even our best surgeons. This is perhaps the best way to encourage kids to become more active? All you have to do is tell them the truth when they ask, “How much do athletes earn?”

The truth is, there is no one sport that pays higher than another. It is based mostly on the popularity of a particular athlete. However, in the last year, boxing did manage to top out the list and show that there is something to be gained from wearing padded gloves. The top earner for 2015, Floyd Mayweather Jr. brought home an awe-inspiring $300 million. The only other athlete to come near that amount is Manny Pacquiao, also a boxer, who earned an impressive $160 million. Most of their money was earned because of their ability to win, but they also have endorsements that pay big money because of their popularity.

Soccer also features a variety of very popular athletes and they are well paid for their ability to play the game well. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi grossed over $70 million for their talent and for their popularity, they were also rewarded with over $20 million from endorsements.

There is even a place among those athletes who are paid very well to entertain the world for golfers. Even though the name Tiger Woods probably does not surprise people, it still may shock you to know that he made just over $50 million in the last year in endorsements alone. Only a little of his earnings came from his salary and winnings. Paul Mickelson, a fellow golfer, earned slightly more than Woods at $50.8 million, most of which came from endorsements.

All of these athletes earned more in the last year than the best football, basketball, or baseball star. Perhaps that is proof that times are changing and people are beginning to pay more attention to the other sports. Either way, when it comes to earnings, athletes are definitely better paid than most of us. All it takes is being good at something you enjoy doing and perhaps you could make more money than you ever dreamed possible.