Being conscientious means being passionate about your sport, working extraordinarily hard on it, and taking control of your career. It means being responsible for yourself and wanting to do well and make good. Success depends on your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals and then to work toward them every day. For the conscientious athlete, working hard becomes a habit and serious fun. The conscientious athlete gets satisfaction from pushing themself to the limit knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for longer than most other people. As Muhammad Ali said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses–behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Or as Joe Frazier said, if you don’t put the work in, you will get found out under the bright lights.