"If you want to look good in front of thousands, you have to outwork thousands in front of nobody."
Good morning, friends! Did you enjoy the beautiful weekend? I sure hope so. They don’t get much better, that’s for sure. Alas, let’s get to it.
If any of you know the name “Damian Lillard” I’ll be pleasantly surprised. He’s a star basketball player for the Portland Trailblazers, and boy is he pretty special. He runs the offense like a maestro and rains threes from all over the half court. He isn’t, in my estimation, equal to Steph Curry, but who is? Lillard is special in his own way, very special. But to succeed, and even stand out, at the pro level takes an awful lot of effort. I don’t have the numbers, but I can estimate. Many millions of kids play basketball, only a select number make it to college, and a whopping 450 are in the NBA in any year. The best of the best, and then to stand out among that small crowd? That’s pretty special. And it isn’t easy.
Interviews with any of the modern greats (Lebron James, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant, to name a few) make one point very clear: at any level of life, to stand out and above you have to do things and work harder than the crowd. I wager that, if possible, you could track the workout times of all NBA players and it would correlate remarkably to success; those players who put in the most time to excel do in fact excel.
But again, it’s not about elite athletes. It’s about everyday people like you and me. In whatever realm you find yourself success and excellence are relative. And to rise above “average” success and excellence we have to do more, try harder, be smarter, be more efficient, and just plain sweat in practice a whole lot more.
One example: back in the days of workstations that preceded personal computers, a professor of mine told a class that excellence in a word processing program would require 100 hours of practice. Most of us (me included) scoffed, but a couple of students buckled down. Guess what? They excelled. That’s a very basic (no pun intended) example; whatever you do, or want to do, follows the same process. The persons who put in exceptional time, effort and sweat will tend to rise to the top. Will that be you?
Blessings to you, and have a wonderful week!