Harvard,Google,Apple, and the San Antonio Spurs all have a special “something in common”. Are you really ready for the answer? That special “something” that these establishments have in common are (drum roll please) culture and a winning culture at that. When you think of anyone of these entities you imagine greatness. They strive to be the best in all facets of their particular arena. People ask me what is the difference between a championship contender and those teams that are sub-par. The difference is in how the leaders of the organizations operate. It all trickles down from the top to the bottom.
All you have to do is look at the leaders and what they do. They take preparation seriously. Members of the organization hold each other accountable. Usually the communication skills are top notch as well. Every decision has a well thought out reason behind it. They all are patient. Now these attributes alone do not make a winning culture. There is an x-factor component to all of this and that is consistency. In order for you to be great you have to make being victorious a habit. All of the attributes prior will mean zilch if you do not make those said attributes habits through out your environment. For example, the Spurs team is a spitting image of the two leaders, Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan. They are in character all the time, thus the team is usually in character. Google and Apple are the same way.They treat their employees with respect(for the most part) and it shows in the their products.
Cultivating a winning culture takes time. My fellow spiritual hoopers, you cannot shoot the ball once a week and expect to be Ray Allen. There are no short cuts to being great. Do your prep before you even pick a ball up. If that means waking up at 4am to run or doing mental exercises for 45 minutes a day then that’s what needs to happen. If that means getting away from negative people who state that you will not be a great hooper then that’s what needs to happen. Greatness is paved on the road of tough decisions that may put you out of your comfort zone. My definition of sacrifice is holding back on something good in the present for something great down the road.
Make decisions that will put you in an environment that will get you where you need to be.Get to it. P.S. No one really wants to be this guy