Athletes in major sports seem to live the life. They have all of the bucks, bling and women. It seems like it is the life of kings the way it is portrayed in the media. And it is, to a degree. A majority of the time athletes do not have what it takes to handle the fame and money that gets thrown their way simply for being able to play a game. Certainly it is not as simple as that, but the fact remains that many athletes lose it all years down the road. A lack of education is a large part of the equation, but not all of it. Poor judgment and unscrupulous people flock to athletes also contribute to their own downfall.
Children see this in the media and think that it is the way to live. Parents see a talent for a particular sport and push their child to be the best they can. Unfortunately, much is lost along the way for both parent and child. Quality time to do other things get pushed aside in the pursuit of a dream. Dreams are great to have, but at what cost? Should the joy that comes with being young go by the wayside to be a successful adult? Should education be sacrificed with the costly end results? Certainly it is wonderful for a child to have their parent support them in such a manner, but there will be a point where resentment sets in and the relationship may suffer if not noticed.
What it comes down to is that there is nothing wrong with having a desire to be the next Michael Jordan. But the burn has to come from within. A player like Michael Jordan got there because of natural talent and a drive to succeed. He remains to this day one of the rarest of retired athletes. Successful, happy, and comfortable.