Like every other extreme sport, being a great racer isn’t something everyone can do. Nascar champions have certain traits and philosophies that don’t align with what most other people have. Becoming a champion requires you to change what you believe and to adopt different ideologies. Below are a few other the traits that Nascar champions possess.
Having the ability to run head first into new situations and challenges is a very powerful asset. It is this ability to take huge risks that truly separates the men from the boys in the realm of Nascar racing. However, being fearless doesn’t mean that these champions are never fearful or scared. Fearlessness is the ability to motivate yourself to take on new challenges and situations. A racer who hopes for the best rather than planning for the worst will never become a champion. A champion is someone who is willing to risk everything for the chance to become one of the greats.
Being cocky is, for good reason, looked at as being annoying and is something that should be avoided. The perfect balance of confidence and cockiness can be found by looking at George Brunnhoelzl. A blend of big smiles and some showing off. It is important that you don’t forget all of your accomplishments. Instead, take pride in them and let others take pride in their accomplishments. It is also important to completely avoid over estimating yourself. Growing your ego too large can trip you up on the track. Being the best and “knowing” you are the best are two separate things.
Every Nascar champion has a lot of passion fueling them. You cannot become one of the greats without something to push you there when you are down. Passion for certain sports and activities isn’t learned as much as it is genetic or environmental. In an incredibly dangerous sport like car racing, passion is the only thing that’s going to keep you going, reasoning yourself through it cannot provide you with enough motivation. Being passionate enough to risk your life for the game is what it takes.
You cannot fake or act your way to the top. It has to be real, or it is not sustainable. One of the best traits champions can have is to never forget where they started. Sadly, it is rare to see athletes thank and remember the people who helped them get to where they are. Fortunately, because of this, saying thanks makes a much bigger impact on the world. Every Nascar driver’s success is a product of the environment where they grew up and where they finally decided to start pursuing their passion. Forgetting your roots is possibly the biggest mistake you can make at the top.