A common question I get asked is how you can stand out as a new guy on your team or at practice. I think the best way to do that is to just put your head down and work. I have been coaching for a little while and the one thing that remains common is that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. You spend too much time worrying about who is looking at you and who is noticing you. The thing that’s funny about that is you aren’t working when you spend that time worrying. You walk onto that field or in the weight room it should be all business. That’s just how your mindset should be if you are really committed to getting noticed. A lot of guys like to talk about wanting to get noticed but don’t do the things that it takes. It’s not a skill problem it’s a commitment problem. You aren’t committed to being the best so you only give effort when you feel like it. That’s not enough. Every single day is an opportunity to get better and to work your face off. So do it. It’s not that difficult. You just put in the time and you put in the effort. Period. End of story. There is no magic formula. Don’t be lazy and look for the easy way out. Put your head down and grind. Don’t look up until you get to where you want to be. That’s how you stand out. Believe me, nobody who has ever worked hard at something and I mean it was their every waking moment has said “it didn’t pay off”. What makes you any different?