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Kevin Hawk talks about his Elite experience

Category : HAWK TALK

hawkdhjI had high expectations for myself coming into my first season on the Bassmaster Elite Series, but was quickly humbled after failing to make a top 50 cut in each of the first five tournaments.  I did my best to rebound the second half salvaging a 28th place finish at the Mississippi River following a fast day one start, and a season high 9th place finish at the St. Lawrence River, but it wasn’t enough not to feel embarrassed and disappointed with my overall performance.

My Way

My dad gave me a piece of advice at a young age that I’ll never forget.  He said, “Don’t ever count on anything being handed to you. You have to work hard for everything you want in life.”  I can tell you it takes hard work to compete on the Elite Series, and there’s no guarantee hard work will win a tournament, earn a check, or translate into a prosperous career.  However, working hard is the only way I’ve ever succeeded at anything, so it’s how I go about my business.  I know if I don’t work hard I’ll have zero chance at reaching my potential. Sure, I’ve tasted success.  Winning the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup comes to mind, but I don’t consider myself as successful as I could be — not even close.  That’s why the Cup stays tucked away in my closet.  It’s not that I’m not proud of it, because I am, but keeping the Cup out of sight helps me stay hungry — hungry to achieve a level of success I haven’t yet tasted.

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