Dean Spiridon explains what he has gained from the sport of trapshooting….
Q: What have you taken away from the sport of trapshooting?
A: Similarly to Dan, I think confidence is the most important thing I’ve carried with me in life, based on my trapshooting experience. When you win an event, big or small, and win a shoot-off, then take it to the next level and earn your first All-American award, undeniably it gives you the confidence that you can do anything you want.
Think of it this way: you start out breaking 10-15 each round. Then you push 20. Next it is 20-23, 23-25, and finally, 24-25. When you broke 11 on your first round, there is NO way you ever imagined being able to break 25, 50, or 100 straight. Invariably, once somebody breaks their first 100, the flood gates open and they go on a hot streak. It gets easier after the first one because of confidence. You’ve achieved something you never thought possible, but can now do it repeatedly.
I’m personally leaning on that experience at this very moment in my life. I’ve decided that instead of continuing my work as a CPA, I’m going to build a web-based baseball business that is completely different than any other on the market. Is there a precedent for this type of business? No, not really. But was there anything when Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook? Have there been doubters? Of course. But I have the confidence in my vision and skills that I am capable of building a sustainable, successful business that improves the lives of baseball coaches and players throughout the world.
I never, ever, would have had that confidence if it were not for my success in trapshooting.