Some people are just lucky—lucky at getting into a good college, landing their dream job, and marrying their perfect someone.
But is it really luck? Sure, luck may have a little to do with it, but usually getting what you want out of life starts and ends with hard work. And nobody knows that better than Tyler Haws.
Tyler, who played for Lone Peak High School, was one of the best high school basketball players from Utah. He was named “Mr. Basketball” twice—only the second high school player to ever receive this honor. After high school, he took his talents to Brigham Young University, where his dad had played college basketball.
People would say to his mom, “Of course he’s good. Look at his dad. His dad was a great basketball player.” But Tyler’s mom knew it wasn’t just luck or genetics that made Tyler good. It was the countless hours of hard work and practice he put into the game—a tremendous work ethic Tyler’s dad, Marty, instilled in him.
“I never was the most talented kid,” Tyler said. “But the one thing my dad always taught me was that if we just work as hard as we can, good things are going to happen.”
And he did work hard. Growing up, Tyler and his dad went to their church gym every morning in the summer and worked on drills and shooting, especially free throws. And the hard work paid off. He was successful in high school and college. At BYU, he still holds career records in scoring, field goal attempts, free throws made, consecutive free throws made, free throw attempts (tied), free throw percentage, games started, minutes played, double-figured scoring games, and 20-point games.
For those who don’t know his full background, they may say Tyler’s gift is being naturally great at basketball. But his mom knows his true gift.
“The gift that Tyler has been given is he just works,” his mom said. “He’ll work and work and work.”
It’s not always a bad thing to not have a natural ability to be good at something or to not be the smartest kid in class. When things come easily, you don’t appreciate them as much. But when you have to struggle and really work hard to make something happen, finally seeing your hard work pay off is 100 times more meaningful than if that talent, job, or award was just handed to you on a silver platter.
Just ask Tyler.