Self-confidence is a great characteristic to have in any walk of life for any type of person. Skateboarding is an activity that not only requires a great deal of self-confidence to succeed, but over time it also instills even more self-confidence into the skateboarder that can translate into other aspects of everyday life.
As a skateboarder, you have to have a certain level of confidence in yourself in order to be able to execute a trick successfully. This rule goes with any sport though. If you don't believe you can do something, chances are you will never be able to achieve it.
How Does Self-Confidence Play a Role in Skateboarding?
Skateboarding is a frustrating sport because it takes an extreme amount of skill, balance, coordination and concentration. There are countless tricks to learn and each one is different so it takes a massive amount of practice to be able to get good at the sport. When first learning a new trick, it can take anywhere from days to weeks to months to perfect or even just be able to land cleanly one time. Because of this, many skateboarders find themselves getting very discouraged, and in turn bringing down their self-confidence. However, after enough practice, the skateboarder eventually learns that the more he believes in himself, the easier it is to perform the trick properly. Then when he finally does land the trick, it makes him feel accomplished and in turn boosts his self- confidence and encourages him to be confident in himself more often.
This mentality and general rule can apply to all types of skill levels in skateboarding, from beginners to advanced. As a beginner, it is not uncommon to be scared to do even the simplest of tricks, mainly because they are afraid to fall or get hurt somehow. They also don't know the proper technique yet so it affects their self-confidence when they can't land something but can't figure out what they're doing wrong.
As an intermediate skateboarder, you have probably gotten pretty accustomed to being confident in yourself when performing tricks. Although, by now you are moving on to more difficult and potentially dangerous tricks, which is inevitably going to put your self-confidence to a tougher test. But just like when you were a beginner, you learn through practice that having confidence definitely helps, so the cycle continues.
Advanced skateboarders normally have a great amount of self- confidence simply because they have been in the sport long enough for it to be ingrained into their personality. That being said, advanced skaters still have to put their self- confidence to a test when they have moved on to advanced tricks like are clearly dangerous. For example, a beginner would need a lot of self- confidence to be able to do a basic trick on flat ground, while an expert would need a great deal of confidence in himself to be able to do a trick down a set of 12 stairs.
How Does Self-Confidence in Skateboarding Translate to Self-Confidence in Other Situations?
Since there are so many tricks and stunts to learn in skateboarding, those who skateboard often keep at it for several years. It takes a long time to become an advanced skateboarder, and with an almost endless amount of tricks to learn, there are always new goals to be achieved.
Because skateboarders tend to stick with the sport for such a long time, and because the sport itself both requires and instills a good amount of self-confidence, it makes it very easy for the trait to carry over into other situations in life that are not even related to skateboarding.
As mentioned before, having confidence in yourself is a great characteristic to have for anything in life and for any kind of person. Due to the fact that most skateboarders start at a young age, it makes it even more capable of helping to shape their personality. Having self-confidence in school is a very desirable trait not only for social status, but also for other sports they may participate in and even taking tests or doing difficult projects.
As an adult, the self- confidence level is probably much higher simply because the skateboarder has been in the game for several years and is also out of that awkward teen phase where self- confidence is a natural problem. Adults who are self-confident are more likely to succeed in many important things, such as jobs, education, hobbies and trades, and even relationships.
The final aspect to mention that having self-confidence can help tremendously with is dealing with emergency situations. Being able to keep a clear mind and have faith in yourself that you can overcome whatever emergency is at hand can go a long way and possibly mean the difference between life and death.
Let's say a seasoned skateboarder gets into a terrible car accident. His car veers off the road, flips, and smacks into a tree, landing upside down. Luckily, the smart skateboarder was wearing his seat belt, but unfortunately still suffers a broken arm and needs to cut his seatbelt off to escape his totalled vehicle. In theory, with the skateboarder's years of practice in the sport, and countless times where he's had to overcome something insanely difficult and believe in himself to achieve his goal, he would have a better chance of getting himself to safety than someone without that level of self-confidence. The skateboarder would have those dozens of memories of staring down that huge half pipe, trying to work up the nerve to do a trick on it, or pacing back and forth before taking the plunge down a set of 9 stairs convincing themselves that they CAN do it.
Now I realize that there are many other sports that can also help instill self-confidence into the athlete, but I personally feel that skateboarding is one of the top choices. It is a sport that constantly introduces new challenges, and not just difficult challenges, but also dangerous challenges that the skateboarder knows all too well could result in a great deal of pain if they don't have the confidence in themselves to execute the trick properly.