So here's the thing about words of wisdom: They can be words printed on a page or they can really mean something to you.
When I was entering high school, my parents told me they wanted me to join a team. My father was then a coach himself and they knew the experience would be valuable. I ran on the cross country, winter track, and spring track teams. Frank LaBianca coached all three of these teams at my high school, for both boys and girls. He was one of my best teachers and I learned as much about life from running on tracks and fields as I did from sitting in classrooms.