Over the course of my high school career I have learned a lot about myself and how to work with others. One of my coaches in particular encouraged me to realize that it doesn't matter what others think of me, but what matters most is what I think of myself and my ability. This has been very helpful in athletics, especially in terms of teamwork and success. I started out high school as the teammate that was worried about other people's feelings. I was concerned that I would say or do the wrong thing and hurt them, which was holding me back. Over time I began to understand, and eventually became a leader. I gained confidence in my own ability, and knew what I was capable of. Having this attitude didn't make me selfish or arrogant, but it made me strong and determined to succeed. One of the most valuable takeaways from this was gaining enough confidence to help others. This has allowed me to give direction when needed and do what is best for my team and I.