Hayne’s choice a les­son

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

I WAS never much of a Jar­ryd Hayne fan.

As an NRL fan, I found he came across as ar­ro­gant and up him­self dur­ing live broad­casts and in­ter­views when he played for Par­ra­matta and NSW.

The only thing he could’ve done worse was sign for the Dragons or Roost­ers.

But af­ter the now ex-NRL star’s de­ci­sion to chase a dream in the NFL, I think I re­spect him more.

Here is a guy who was at the top of his game, with enor­mous earn­ing po­ten­tial.

He was not only the face of the Eels club but clear ev­i­dence that with enough ded­i­ca­tion and hard work, kids from low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas can reach the pin­na­cle.

Now, at just 27, he’s thrown all of that aside to chase his dream. So many of us go through the mo­tions and put seem­ingly un­reach­able dreams off to the side be­cause we think we can’t make it.

We of­ten fall at the first hur­dle and let doubt cloud judg­ments, so we don’t end up chas­ing what we truly love and de­sire.

Re­gard­less of whether he makes it to the 49ers’ top ros­ter, Hayne’s de­ci­sion to chase his dream is a les­son to us all to do what makes us happy, rather than with what is com­fort­able.

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