As a child I was raised in a home that emphasized athleticism, in Houston, Texas. My brother was an excellent athlete, and still is
Due to this, I was highly encouraged to test my skills at several sports. When I was very young I tried soccer, and discovered it wasn't my game.
However, my father was determined to have "coachable" son. You see he was a baseball fanatic who lived vicariously through my little league team. If only I would have played...
Then we moved to Cincinnati where there were more than three sports. With more options, a I chose to start swimming. My first year I got the Most Improved award.
I wasn't particularly good, but I was improving enough for my parents to be willing to drive me to practice. The emphasis my parents and siblings put on success caused me to care how I perform more than most.