Some of you might know, I’m a huge basketball & golf fan. I love everything about both sports. Even the “boring parts” in golf are some of my favorite things about the game. I love the passion it takes to play these games, the drive, the discipline, the sense of team, even in golf you are apart of a team with your caddy and/or swing coach and sponsorships. I love the sweat and tears that are poured onto the playing surfaces every time they step out there. I love the politics of getting everything on the “winning level.” I love the chess match and the mental games that are being played at the same time the player is actively playing the game. I love the training process, and the constant will to be “the best.” I actually spend a lot of my free time searching out random facts and stats about as many teams and players as I can just because it’s something I enjoy so much. What I’m saying is, I love everything that goes into being a professional athlete for both sports. But how does this apply to you and why should you care? Hold on, I’m getting to it.
The Boston Celtics, have won 17 championships in their lengthy time as a professional team in the NBA, roughly 63 years. That’s the most in the NBA. They happen to also be the longest running franchise in NBA history. Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird and probably the best Celtic player ever, Mr. Bill Russell. Easily one of, if not THE best (no offense Michael Jordan) player of all time come to mind when thinking of just a few household names that have played for the Celtics, eventually leading their team to a championship or two… or three. But why does this apply to you? Almost there.
Why have the Celtics had so much success in the past 63 years? Good players, of course. Nice facility and coaching staff, yes absolutely. Good trainers and skilled book keepers, totally! But maybe the biggest reason why they’ve had such immense success is because they have ALWAYS had terrific management. Even the years when the Celtics haven’t been in the top ten teams in the NBA the management knew what they were doing and how to improve the team that year for the years to come. They are always keeping their ears to the ground to organize the best fit for their fans and their success to win. They are still doing it as we speak with players like Rajon Rondo.
After all, that’s what it’s all about right, winning!
So the guys that weren’t helping them win, they had to get rid of. No hard feelings, not meant to be personal, but you can’t be the best with “joe hacker” on your team. Which leads me to my point (finally)
Success is not easy to come by, in any field. Dentistry, law, hospital workers and doctors, store owners, painters, photographers, actors, salesmen, taxi drivers, and rock stars. To be successful, it takes a lot of work, drive, stamina, endurance, thick skin, and usually a really great team behind you, no matter what. You have to surround yourself with people that are routing for you to be successful, that are cheering you on and feeding you that pass when you’re wide open to make the game winning shot. If you aren’t able to do that you’re making it so much harder on yourself to win, to be successful, to be happy, to be fulfilled to be anything you want to be.
If you have people in your life that are bringing you down, causing you to be miserable, and making your life a living hell then it sounds like you need to send them to another team. Trade em. It’s not personal, it’s business. You don’t have to be rude or hurtful or disrespectful when letting go of these people you just need to make the point known to all involved that you are needing to do what’s best for you and at this time they aren’t the right fit. Send them to a team that maybe DOES want them, a team that will be fine paying them to sit on the bench, or a team that doesn’t mind paying out the rear end for a so-so player. You want superstars, you deserve superstars, you’re life depends on it.
That’s one of my major goals for the coming year. Surrounding myself with people that make me feel good about me and people that I enjoy making feel good about them. Not wasting time trying to be apart of a team (or a life) that doesn’t want to follow the playbook, that doesn’t want to be a team player. I cheer for you, no matter what and vice versa, that’s friendship, that’s loyalty, that’s love. There are too many people in our lives that drag us down and we let them because it’s easier to suck it up than to tell them to piss off. At least it seems that way. But then you take that around with you, you hold that inside and build it up and pile it in the infested corner of your mind and you don’t need people walking around your mind with their dirty feet. Friendship, success, love, life, is about being happy, being you. Surround yourself with people that actually do that.
So if right now you’re on a team that isn’t full of all stars… Tell those players that are dragging you down that you’ve gotta trade em. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
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