July 2023

Is it Fair the Rich Kids in the Best Seats get the Best Prizes?

The phenomenon of "nepo babies" in the world of sports continues to raise eyebrows and stir debates.

These privileged children often find themselves in the best seats, showered with autographed jerseys and pictures with sports stars and celebrities. While some may argue that these experiences are acts of charity or kindness, a closer look reveals that they may often be favors exchanged between well-connected friends.

In a world where networking and connections play a significant role, it's not surprising that some parents extend special privileges to their friends' children. These acts of "charity" might actually be more about maintaining strong relationships than genuine philanthropy.

And while these opportunities may appear unfair to onlookers, it's essential to remember the age-old adage that jealousy is the thief of joy.

Counting someone else's blessings won't fill your own pockets, and life is indeed filled with examples of how success begets more success. The kids who can afford the best schools tend to secure the most coveted jobs, and the most accomplished individuals often win the affections of others.

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Similarly, the best seats at sports events provide the most immersive and thrilling experiences. It's a reality of life that success and privilege often open doors to more opportunities. This same success and privilege doesn't come at the same expense to all but it is also not a realistic expectation for the child in the best seat to not get excited about getting tossed a sweaty Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey.

Instead of harboring resentment towards nepo babies, let's acknowledge that life can indeed be a game, and networking plays a significant role in it. Just as we would want the best for our kids, others aim to provide the same for theirs. The focus should be on creating opportunities for our own children and teaching them the value of hard work, dedication, and passion for their interests.

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Rather than directing animosity at those who enjoy the perks of well-connected families, we should channel our energy into nurturing our children's passions, talents, and dreams. By instilling a strong work ethic and resilience, we can empower our kids to carve their paths and earn their achievements.

In the end, the world of sports, like any other arena, is not without its inequalities. However, focusing on the privileges of others won't level the playing field or award the seats to someone "more deserving" if that means being less fortunate. Instead, let's direct our energy towards putting our own kids in the best seats.

As parents, we have the responsibility to provide our children with the best opportunities we can, be it through networking, mentorship, or support. By staying focused on our own journeys and encouraging our children to pursue their dreams, we can ensure that they have the chance to experience the best that life has to offer.

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So, let's embrace the reality of life's dynamics and recognize that it's up to us to put our kids in the best seats, both metaphorically and literally. By fostering a strong foundation of hard work, perseverance, and passion, we can help our children rise to their fullest potential and create their paths to success.

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Issa Hall, Esq

Issa is also the founding partner of Hall & Dixon law firm, and brings over a decade of experience in tech and law to the table. Alongside legal expertise, Issa is a certified fitness trainer who combines a passion for science and research with a love for sports and wellness. With a multifaceted background, Issa's expertise spans the realms of law, fitness, sports, and lifestyle, making him a well-rounded professional committed to helping others succeed in various aspects of life.

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