Richard was an only child. He was used to getting what he wanted. His parents
had been indulging his every whim and fancy for the past twelve years. He had
known no other way. When his parents played any games with him, they would let
him win on purpose so that he would be happy. Otherwise, Richard would kick up a
In school, Richard took up football as his co-curricular activity.
He was a football fanatic. His idol was a famous English football star. Richard
was not an exceptional player. He was usually a reserve player in football
matches. However, as this was his graduating year, his coach decided to give him
a chance to playing a match. Richard was elated upon hearing this piece of news.
Over the next two weeks, Richard put in his all into all the trainings. Even
during the weekends, he would insist that his father take him to the park to
practice. At home, he would watch football matches on television, hoping to pick
up some tips.
Finally, the much-awaited day arrived. It was a game against another school
in the same neighborhood. Although it was just a friendly match, Richard took
it very seriously. He arrived at the stadium
early and started his warm-ups. His jersey was ironed to a crisp so that he
would look his best. Soon, the whistle blew and the match started. Richard tried
his best but it was not good enough. their opponents were simply more skilled.
Richard's team lost the match.
When the final whistle blew, Richard stormed off. It was customary to shake
the hands of the opponents at the end of a match but he did not care. Later back
in the changing room, the coach sought Richard out. He lectured Richard on the
importance of good sportsmanship. He was very upset with Richard's behavior out
in the field earlier. This was the first time anyone had ever reprimanded
Richard in public like that. He was shocked and did not know how to react. He
felt humiliated and humbled.
From then on, Richard's behavior improved a little, although there were still
times when he would throw a tantrum.