My son plays 5th grade football. This is his second year and while he likes to play he isn’t super into it. He likes playing with his friends and generally enjoys practices, but he’s not super passionate about football, especially football that he isn’t playing. Well, on his team this year there is a coach who took an interest in him. That coach spent one practice and worked pretty exclusively with my son. At the end of that practice my son improved more than he had over the entire course of the 2 years of football.
It wasn’t because he was learning new things. The instruction was the same as it had always been. My son got better because someone believed in him and told him that he could do it. That praise and attention made all the difference in the world.
Since that time I have been trying to do the same with my youth. It is so easy to get distracted and forget how much kids need me. So I have been trying to find ways to pull people into my orbit and invest time in them. It isn’t that I have great knowledge, but rather that the simple act of giving your time makes all the difference in the world.