I feel like I can state the following, with great confidence:
I am the number one basketball teacher in the world.
Please allow me to explain.
It is not unimaginable to me that you read this and that your first reaction is a scoff or one of disbelief. Maybe the word ridiculous comes to mind. I’d like to argue; why not?
Why wouldn’t I be?
Because it’s statistically improbable? Because I’m not world famous? To me, it is a matter of mindset and how you live your life with that mindset. I know for a fact, that there are way better basketball coaches than me. There are a lot of basketball players that are much, much better than me.
But if I ask myself, “who’s a better basketball teacher?”, I have no answer.
That is because I’ve been asking myself that very question for over a decade. I have been playing basketball for almost 25 years, now. In the last 15 years, I’ve worked on becoming a teacher and a coach. I offer creative drills with a purpose that is defendable, explained in a personalized way to offer the most efficient, most fun and sincere basketball development from a genuine love for the game of basketball. I’m really, really good at it. But I’m not done…
In developing our basketball clinics, creating our methodology and developing myself as a basketball teacher, I always imagined what it would mean to be the very best. I asked myself what the BEST basketball teacher would do. Then, I’d apply that; every day, every session, and every second in the gym.
I figured, that:
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would never ‘phone in’ a session
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would never be done learning and developing new and better ways to teach
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would be able to clearly explain and demonstrate 100% of his/her curriculum
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would genuinely care about his/her students’ development
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would strive to be a role model both on and off the court
- The no. 1 basketball teacher would try, every day, to do his/her very best to apply all of the above
If you find me a better basketball teacher and show me what he/she does different, I’ll apply that too! So by working and improving on these things, every single day… in my mind, how could I NOT be?
So what does that mean for you? Do you strive to be number one at something? Keep in mind: The goal is not to be better than anyone else. It’s to be the best version of yourself in what you choose to pursue.
It’s a mindset. What do you want to be and what do you actually believe you are? How close are those two images?
You can be the number one basketball student, the number one teammate, the number one basketball parent, number one friend, number one you.
Whatever you pride yourself in, make it meaningful. Work at it. Make it last.
Leave a legacy, worthy of an example.
Work Hard, Play Smart, Have Fun!