Many people stateside may not know who Cecil Afrika is, but internationally– especially in the world of rugby, he is a superstar.
One thing that separates Afrika from the rest of his peers is his Eagle athlete mindset. An extremely hard worker, Afrika has had to battle back from severe injuries at multiple points during his historic career.
Read this to learn more about how Afrika’s mindset helped him get over the mental hurdles of his injuries and how he used his relentless work ethic to push himself and his team to even greater heights:
When you hear about someone who plays rugby, you likely imagine them being a large, bruting, and imposing physical force, and you’d probably be right.
What do you imagine the mentality of a rugby player being though?
That’s a little tougher, especially if you aren’t following rugby leagues throughout the world in your free time.
One of the biggest and brightest stars in rugby history, Cecil Afrika has a mental make-up almost as impressive as his name.
Cecil Afrika is an Eagle athlete. He’s a rugby player with great work habits, who is optimistic and cooperative with his teammates.
In fact, here’s Afrika’s coach for his South Africa national team, Neil Powell on his work ethic: “Cecil is just remarkable… he’s an exceptional guy on and off the field.”
In that video, Afrika puts forth all-out effort in closing the gap on a try-saving tackle, then follows that up with a burst and long run to the goal for his team, flipping the current of the game sheerly through his single-handed effort, something that a lot of people would call an excellent display of mental toughness and competitive desire.
He’s not just impressive on the field though, off of the field, Afrika has been the “Keep Rugby Clean” Ambassador since 2011, a responsibility he does not take lightly.
“I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this important initiative. I have learned that there is no shortcut to success – it takes a lot of hard work, hours of training, dedication, commitment and self belief to achieve your goals. I am looking forward to be involved in this project and to contribute in whatever way to keep rugby sevens clean.”
One thing remains for sure; I’m IN this game for all the highs and all the lows! I am ALWAYS grateful to play this exhilarating game of 7’s! ⚡🙏🏾🥈🇿🇦 Congratulations to @fiji7s and @_aussie7s___ on your wins in the last 2 finals. #HSBC7s #Blitzbokke #Leg4 #Believe #Family #Psalm91 #LoveRugby #ProudlySA
This is an attitude shared by many Eagles, who excel at preparation and hard work. Afrika’s words share shades of fellow Eagles like Peyton Manning or Cat Osterman, who know that in order to succeed, you have to first put in the work.
As Afrika so simply put it, “There is no shortcut to success.”
Afrika knows this possibly better than most athletes, he has battled countless injuries in his career, ranging from minor, nagging injuries, to career-threateners.
Despite all of his major injuries and setbacks, Afrika still took claim as the all-time scoring record for South African rugby scoring, a feat that surely required an optimistic and driven outlook– rooted in a hard work ethic, which are all keys to the Eagle’s mindset.
Eagle athletes are capable of getting large amounts of work done through their ability to know how to work effectively, and Afrika has no doubt had to do just that in order to achieve all that he has in his career.
Afrika, like many other Eagles, is someone who helps his teammates on the practice field as well, citing preparation as a major key heading into tournaments and other events; “We believe in our preparation, it went well, so we just have to go out there and execute what we prepared for and enjoy every moment once we are out there on that field,” he said before the 2016 Olympics in Rio kicked off.
The sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out = Success!!! Congratulations to my band of brothers on winning the Wellington 7s 2017! You played with pride & honour that keeps our country flag flying high! 🏆🇿🇦🙏🏾#Wellington7s #CupWinners #15Years #Blitzbokke #BlitzBoom #Blessed #BandOfBrothers #WeBelieve #MaakGeraas @chrisdry7 @philipsnyman @dylansage13 @kwaggasmith @wernerkok7 @shakeymilkshake @brancodupreez7 @speckmagic @justin_geduld @davidszain @seabelo_senatla @ruhannel @sticksjunior_14