20 Life Lessons That Don't Work in Sports

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20 Life Lessons That Don't Work in Sports
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Cliches may elicit groans or beg for a more contemporary replacement, but there's a reason why they persist despite being almost universally loathed. Cliches often hold true, regardless of how clumsy they seem in the 21st century.

And one area that is perpetually begging for a cliches to make an appearance is the life lesson. I'm talking about those antiquated little statements that always show up on little throw pillows or on generic motivational posters.

These lessons persist, because we all make the same dumb mistakes or develop the same bad habits from generation to generation. It's actually a little depressing when you think about how predictable people have become. 

However, there is one universe where these long-accepted life lessons transform into bad advice: sports. For athletes and teams, life lesson cliches that generally apply to our lives become a Bizarro guide for professional and/or personal failure.   

Here are 20 life lessons that, quite simply, don't translate to sports.

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