I tell this story for a multitude of reasons. The first being that sometimes I feel that players these days lack the "I'll prove them wrong" mentality. I think players these days tend to move teams, move schools, quit sports, or have mom or dad write a scathing email to the athletic director trying to get the head coach fired. I think developing the "I'll prove them wrong" mentality is one of the best things that comes from sports.
The second reason I tell this story is truly why I'm obsessed with coaching. I was never really pushed to become a "practice player" and to work harder in training. My thing with soccer was always studying the game rather than working to become the best I could be on the field throughout hard work. I'd rather study a professional goalkeeper than go out and run 5 miles. I'd rather go into my backyard and hit the ball against a brick fireplace and work on reaction saves, then go to an hour and a half training session where all we would do is scrimmage. I don't want that to happen to the players I work with. I want to help get the most out of the players I work with. I want to help them realize that they have more potential than what they are currently getting out of themselves.
The third and final reason is that, when I first started coaching, I enjoyed games WAY MORE than training teams. All of my enjoyment game during the competitiveness of game day. I used to actually mock "trainers" that didn't get to coach the game. Funny how my philosophy changed. I now realize that the most important part of a players development is what they do during the week leading up to the game. I was a firm believer in "the game is the best teacher." While it still is, the best teachers are the ones that help players realize the importance of training and make them WANT TO train even more. The players that enjoy training have a HUGE advantage compared to the players that despise training.