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Old 12-11-2014, 03:31 PM #463
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Telling someone to dream without any sort of pragmatism to sublimate that dream is about as dangerous as telling someone to never dream at all. That's what you don't understand.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:36 PM #464
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:00 PM #465
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:10 PM #466
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What were you a full time professional in? Clearly your passion drove you to be a professional but you "quit" in order to work in paintball? You either couldn't hack it...because you're a *****...or you're full of ****. Leaning towards the latter.

Passion is a justification for a child-like behavior/obsession. You didn't want to grow up essentially. Which is why you're still running around playing with toy guns "for a living." If it was a true passion, you wouldn't be here trying to be taken seriously by other people on the internet. You may claim against it but its true, you're trying to spread a message of how you're all successes but in reality, you're mediocre pseudo-athletes.

Paintball is a very soft sport. Getting ran down isn't ****, I'm sorry I hate to break it to you but if that's pain you're a *****.
I had typed up a long detailed answer, but then I realized what kind of person you are
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:55 PM #467
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I had typed up a long detailed answer, but then I realized what kind of person you are
Dude you could be Jordan and he would talk ****...

"Yeah you couldn't hack it so you retired!!"

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Old 12-12-2014, 01:48 PM #468
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To true. These guys were my idols back in the day for the way they played, but everybody was like that back in the day if you were a young kid trying to make it, but it made me better. The old school guys never cut you any slack and would never let you know how good you were. You had to have thick skin and confidence. That's why we were winning all of the amatuer tournaments in the south back in the day. I love those old days and for me it will always be nostalgic and the time I loved best in my youth. Strong bonds are forged in fire and tribulation not by ***** footing around what people need to hear.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:32 PM #469
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:21 PM #470
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You're right. I couldn't make it in pro paintball and I didn't.

And thank god for that!! I make a lot more and have a more stable life with what I do. I still play, have fun, and encourage walk-ons and try my best to grow the sport.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:59 AM #471
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You're right. I couldn't make it in pro paintball and I didn't.

And thank god for that!! I make a lot more and have a more stable life with what I do. I still play, have fun, and encourage walk-ons and try my best to grow the sport.
Not a damn thing wrong with that my friend!
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:07 PM #472
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I know this thread is almost 3 years old but I just watched your guy's documentary BKIT and I wanted to add my 2 cents.

I agree with Grayson. I think the answer is that it's a generational thing. I am part of the "participation trophy" generation, a Gen Y, but I also was raised very differently by my parents than most of my peers. My parents always taught me that the world was tough and nothing is going to be handed to you. My journey in competitive sports started with basketball. I was a pretty good basketball player when I was very young and played with kids that would later go to D1 colleges for basketball, and I won a basketball championship as the starting point guard after playing for a few years competitively. My teammate later played with Klay Thompson at WSU and his dad was our head coach when we won. I knew how good it felt to win. I still remember when the announcers played "We are the champions" by Queen when we got our trophy. I broke my leg really bad in an ATV accident shortly afterwards, and essentially quit basketball. I got into paintball because one of my close childhood friends had a birthday party. I actually played a lot with my dad in the early days that reminds me a lot about Alex's role on X-factor.

Anyways why this is all relevant is that I knew what it took to be a champion, and there is definitely a lot of mental toughness that comes along with it. I came up through the young gun ranks in AZ and there are a lot of similarities between the AZ and TX scenes in the early 2000s. The older guys were tough on us, they thought we were spoiled brats (okay maybe we were) that didn't deserve to be there. We wanted to prove them wrong. There was no high fives or pats on the back, they wanted to rage on us and if we shot them they were pissed and wanted to destroy us even more. We had a local paintball forum pbaz where we would talk **** all week and then settle it on the field on Sundays. It helped us build our mental toughness to not be intimidated by anyone and to believe in ourselves. Once we started getting really popular we got a lot of haters nationally (especially on PbN), and a lot of the upper division teams would talk **** about us, which fueled us even more to keep at it. While I never played higher than D2 since I quit for college, I had several teammates eventually go pro. If it wasn't for the older guys pushing us physically there is no way we would have even played more than one or two out of state tournaments. We would have got crushed and quit right away. They prepared us for anyone. We were scrimmaging against Semi-pro and D1 teams every weekend, and we all overall got along, but on the field it was war. Everyone wanted to win, and if that meant throwing an extra couple of balls your way then so be it. There are a lot of stories that I won't go into now, but essentially paintball was a testosterone fueled activity where there was no love lost on the field between teams.

I learned a lot of life lessons in paintball that have helped me throughout college and my career. I think the biggest problem is my generation is too soft now, that we were raised poorly to expect life to be easy by our parents (not mine), teachers, and government ("No child left behind"). It's not. It's very competitive and we aren't just competing against each other, we are competing against the rest of the world since we are all connected with the internet. This is not specific to paintball, this is everywhere. I think the next generation of kids will actually be an improvement because they were raised by Gen Xers. Baby boomers had it really easy in comparison (post WWII economic boom, no global competition in the job market, cheap college, etc.) and that's all they knew, which is what they passed down to Gen Y. It's much easier to criticize those that are fighting in the arena than to actually be in the arena. It's lazy though and is not going to set anyone up for success. Again this is just my 2 cents and I haven't played paintball in over 5 years, but I just wanted to support the original message of this thread.

Also really good documentary. I always liked X-Factor.
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Old 02-18-2018, 12:58 PM #473
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I wonder what the OP thinks now since 2014's origional post?


Does he still play paintball?

Does he see it as a hobby and have another profession?

Things change over time.
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:17 PM #474
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I wonder what the OP thinks now since 2014's origional post?


Does he still play paintball?

Does he see it as a hobby and have another profession?

Things change over time.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:34 AM #475
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