I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.
It takes a number of critical factors to win an NBA championship, including the right mix of talent, creativity, intelligence, toughness, and of course, luck. But if a team doesn’t have the most essential ingredient - love - none of those other factors matter.
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
If you have a clear mind . . . you won't have to search for direction. Direction will come to you.
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
In basketball - as in life - true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way. Of course, it's no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you're going to win or lose and focus your full attention on what's happening right this moment.
Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game - and life - will take care of itself.
The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
Last Update: 6 February 2023
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