Cullen Gillaspia loved football and was incredibly talented as a high school linebacker. He wanted to play football for a D1 program, but received no offers. Out of the blue, Texas A&M invited him to enroll as a preferred walk-on. It was a dream come true… until he started working out with a team full of future NFL prospects. They were bigger, faster, stronger, and in better condition. The heat was intense. The workouts were brutal. Gillaspia despaired.
Daily, Gillaspia called his mom, wanting to quit. Daily, she talked him off the edge and encouraged him to hang on for one more day. Day after day after day, until she told him to hang on long enough to run out of the tunnel for the first game, then quit if he wanted.
Gillaspia listened to mom (after all, she knows best). He hung on. He made the team. He ran out of the tunnel. His first year, he didn’t play and redshirted. His second year he played on special teams in three games. Each year, he played more. He won a scholarship. He was given the coveted #12 jersey as the team’s 12th Man walk-on. As a senior, he was named starting fullback. In the draft, the preferred walk-on was drafted by the Houston Texans.
Everything good that happened for Gillaspia occurred because he listened to his mom and took one day at a time, when he most felt like quitting. Take each day at a time. Shorten your time horizons. Get through today. Let tomorrow take care of itself.