True Hoops, the best basketball blog out there, had a recent post on “What Exactly Did Michael Jordan Teach Us?” It’s applicable to a lot more than basketball.
- From the second you wake up in the morning, until the the second you fall asleep at night, be obsessed with kicking ass all over the basketball court.
- What obstacles? Jumpshot a little spotty? Fix it. Footwork giving you trouble? Fix it. Teammates not pumped up? Fix it. Feeling a little winded? Fix it. A particular defender making things tough for you? Fix it. A whole team of Pistons making things tough for you? Fix it.
- Listen to people who know what they’re talking about. (For Jordan the list included Tim Grover, Phil Jackson, David Falk, and I’m sure many others.)
- Every second the game is in session, whether you are on offense or defense, whether you are on the bench or in the game, be possessed, electric, aware, and active in your quest to win.
Thought it seemed appropriate. Please note that I’m not saying we should be as singularly obsessed as Jordan was (don’t think it’s healthy, frankly, and not someone I want to be), but we could remember the lesson: if you want it, you can get it. You just have to do it.