Sports & Competition

The first month of 2018 flew by. I feel a bit hopeful for the future although there are still many unanswered questions, just like you may have in your own life.

There are many topics I can choose to talk about. Today, as I have an hour before I head to the gym for my weekly basketball session, I will write about how I find sports, particularly basketball, to be a highly motivating part of my life.

1. Sports is about action. You can talk as much trash as you want on the court, field, whatever, but if you do not have action to back it up, you are considered to be a joke. If you do not play hard, you can lose the respect of your teammates who are playing hard. Playing in a way which garners the respect of your teammates and elevates their own play is admirable. That is leadership in a nutshell.

2. Sports brings out the competitor in you. Sometimes, many have told me, I can get quite competitive. And honestly speaking, I would agree with that assessment. It is an essential part of who I am. What is important, however, is to realize that the competition you are in is not with other people. You are in a competition with yourself. Attempt to prove your own doubts or assumptions wrong. Push your own limits. I agree with Peter Thiel says, "Competition is for losers." When he says this, I think he refers to traditional competition. Not the competition you have with yourself.

At a younger age, I thought my competition was against others. And that was faulty logic. We all are on the same team, team human. We need competition to drive our society forward and for individuals to find their optimal niche. I would dislike living in a utopian society where everyone had the same thinking and motivations. That would be boring. As a species, I believe we need to always challenge the status quo way of doing things and innovate.

3. Sports is a grind. There are times in sports in which you hit adversity. The mental and physical challenges force you to think quickly about how you wish to proceed. It is this reason why I admire athletes. Not because I want to be them (although when I was a child I did), but because I respect their attention to detail and the challenges they face being in the spotlight. They deserve every penny they earn. I hope the NCAA also allows college athletes to earn money because right now, it is unfair for universities to gain all the benefits. I will choose to boycott watching college sports until the students are allowed to earn their fair share, but that is a different topic which I will not get into right now. Hope those interested in a career in sports consider the out of the box route LaVar Ball took with his two younger sons. Wishing those guys well.

For the purposes of allowing the individual find their inner motivation, I no longer will be sharing the details of what I am doing publicly. If you are interested, you can inquire. With the social media age I see this comparison culture and emulation culture developing, which is something I do not wish to subscribe to. If we share our successes, readers feel envy. If we share our failures, readers feel pity.

Envy and pity are not good emotions for any human being. 

Everyone should find their own calling, their own path, their own failures. When I read Richard Branson's book or watch a video about Jack Ma at WEF, I do not think, "wow, they have the lives I want and I want to be just like them." They did things their way. I will do things my way. You should do things your way. And what we celebrate is that we all are trying to do things our own way. Let your journey speak for itself.