When first thinking about the meaning of a rumor, people tend to associate negativity and harmfulness. A rumor can spread rapidly and can be exaggerated from person to person. The true definition of a rumor is a piece of information or a story that has not been verified, meaning that the person telling it doesn’t know if it’s actually true or false. Most people tend to spread rumors and do not care if the story is true or not, and don’t bother to check it out. Obviously, if the rumor is of a personal and harmful nature, it is necessary to be addressed by an adult, parent, coach, teacher, or administrator.
Our student athletes are subjected to varieties of rumors throughout their high school careers. They can range from simple misinformation or embellishments to something hurtful or personal. We try to teach our young athletes to “ignore the noise.” You cannot control what people say about you, you can only control how you respond to it. The best way to respond is to ignore the rumor. By ignoring the rumor, or not acknowledging its existence, they tend to dissolve pretty quickly. Chances are, rumors and gossip are always floating around your school or community, and that’s perfectly normal.
I encourage you to control what you can in a positive manner. Do not worry about the situations that are out of your control. Rise above any controversy, or “noise” you might be hearing. It may just be a “rumor” and not be worth worrying about. Negative rumors can go hand in hand with a negative reputation. This famous quote by John Wooden speaks volumes to our young people; “Worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, and your reputation is who people think you are.”
KEEP ROLLING WAYNE TRAIN……..GO WAYNE!
To reach Jay Minton, call 937-604-4811 or by email: Jay.email@example.com.