Michael Jordan was undoubtedly an amazing basketball player. But you know what made him even better? His attitude about his team and his understanding that regardless of how great an individual he was, he was better with his team.
I’ve got two points today about being a good sport, inspired by the video below form MJ.
1) As awesome as HE was, MJ always focused – and still does here – on the TEAM. We could all use some of that mentality – how do I help the TEAM win? What’s my role in making the TEAM amazing? Who won? Who lost? The TEAM. If you’re focused on the ME in TEAM – at work, in sports, at school, at home, etc. – you don’t get it. (If you’re my sons reading this, I hope I raised you to totally get this video.)
2) Be respectful, always. As an individual, display respect for your coach, your teammates and the opposing team – even if you lose. Work hard and don’t cheat. Accept your losses as gracefully as you celebrate in your wins. Be an example as you go. Never forget where you came from.
As a society, we need to push harder to cultivate and demand respect and behavior from ANY athlete – from grade school to the pros. If we didn’t tolerate and cover up bad behavior just because someone’s a good athlete, perhaps we wouldn’t be facing sad news stories like the one coming out of Boston today. I’m sure Hernandez displayed some bad behavior or anger management issues along the way that should have been addressed before it resulted in what, allegedly, is now murder.
Our society has become so obsessed with winning that we’ve forgotten what true greatness means. Greatness is natural, not forced. Greatness is inspiring, not intimidating. And greatness is what you will achieve if you follow the right path.
Part of the Series What I’ve Learned, What I’m Learning – #365LifeLessons