Matt Maxon made his dreams come true at the age of 14 by committing to Stanford University. His path was and is doing things that no one else wants to do. He leverages his time, energy, and money by investing in and prioritizing his development over all else. He lets others make excuses while he does what needs to be done to get his work in everyday.
Searching For Direction
At a young age, Matt presented as a talented player. He was a great athlete and excelled at every sport he tried. He gravitated towards baseball and displayed a work ethic that led his family to believe he might be able to develop into a high level college player one day. He is from a small, coastal area that has competitive athletics, but lacks some of the structure and resources that the athletes in the Bay Area often enjoy.
At the beginning of his 8th grade year, Matt’s parents decided it was time to invest in Matt’s passion and dreams and they made the 1 hour + trek to KPI to get Matt an initial assessment. His assessment was fairly normal for a talented 8th grader… hypermobility, lack of force production, and the assessment revealed that he did not have much of a plan for his training. It was discussed that Matt had some big dreams, so we provided a road map on how he could achieve his lofty goals.
No Excuses – Prioritizing Resources
Matt had a similar problem as many of the talented athletes at KPI… he had a very busy schedule and got pulled in many different directions with all of his social, academic, and sports dynamics wanting a piece of his time. On top of all that, Matt has to drive over an hour to get to KPI. It’s extremely easy for families to get lost in the shuffle of their busyness and then get lost in the developmental process. The Maxon’s made sure that didn’t happen… during the assessment processed it was outlined how important Matt’s consistency of training would be for his development, and ultimately, him committing to his dream school of Stanford. During the 8th grade year, despite playing multiple sports and having many “team” practices, Matt made the trip to KPI religiously and followed his developmental plan closely on the days he did not come in. His developmental plan was always the most important aspect of his life. He did not follow someone else’s plan or acknowledge the “haters” that wanted his time and attention for their own agenda, Matt just executed his plan near flawlessly and stuck with it. He did this despite being extremely busy and living far away from KPI… he did not allow reasons to NOT do something be the reason he became a victim of the numbers.
At KPI we understand the resource challenges of every family. Time, money, and energy are finite commodities and it can be very difficult for each family to determine how to use those. Egos get involved and everyone wants to pull on a family’s resources, especially of talented players like Matt. Families need to follow consistency, structure, logic, and results when splitting up their resources. At KPI we can consolidate almost every part of the development process between skill, strength, training, teams, and medical. This allows family’s to leverage and utilize their resources the proper way with the best value. We are a true one stop shop that can serve every athlete’s needs.
Matt Chose a Side and Made Development His #1 Goal
Every day when Matt wakes up he makes development his priority. He resets his mindset and his goals and knows that development starts now. He has a structured plan to follow, whether he comes to KPI or not, that involves a personalized daily plan for him to develop under. Matt needs to choose daily which side he falls under… the one that has enabled him to commit to the best school in the world or the one others want him to follow that improves their own agenda. Matt has chosen the side of systems and structure that drive him to his peak levels of performance. The numbers state that only a small majority of high school baseball players move on to play Division I baseball, an even smaller amount get to play at a Power 5 Conference school, and an even dramatically smaller number get to even be considered by a school like Stanford. Matt beat all those numbers by using the right kind of numbers to drive his development.
Matt is still very young and hasn’t even played a season of high school baseball. He still has an extraordinary amount of work to do to fulfill his commitment to Stanford. But he has the ultimate head start with his commitment in hand and extreme devotion to the developmental process. His Dreams Became Reality with his family’s dedication to his structure and plan.