It’s extremely rewarding for parents to watch their children succeed, especially when success comes from years of disciplined effort. But disciplined effort is only part of the equation. At 6’8″ plus, my 15 year old has the gift of height. He’s also been blessed with great coaches and mentors over the last four years who have helped him develop both in basketball and in life. Now as a freshman, he feels privileged to be playing on his high school’s talented varsity team. But what’s most impressive to me is the attitude of the other young men on his team. They work hard every day to help each other improve. There are no prima donnas, just a bunch of kids putting everything they have on the court. What they haven’t mastered yet in execution, they easily make up for in heart. Watching them cheer for each other’s success is priceless. They’ve started the season 2-0 and I can hardly wait for the next game.
Success in life is a lot like basketball. It’s about hard work; but it’s also about the quality of your teammates. Who’s on your team? Do the people in your life contribute to your success or do they hold you back? Do you contribute to their success? How deep is your bench? Becoming a champion in life has a lot to do with your ability to recruit great talent. So take a look at your roster and if necessary add some players that can make a difference. Work on building an amazing personal franchise because you’re worth it.