Other than opening night and the playoffs there’s probably not a more exciting time for the NBA than Christmas time.
Of course, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were on television and his every move, both good and bad, was thoroughly analyzed.
In the October 2013 issue of ESPN Magazine LeBron talked briefly about Michael Jordan and whether or not he would have been just as successful in today’s social media world where every single flaw is seen and critiqued by everyone.
MJ wasn’t perfect. He had bad games. He had turnovers. He had games where he thought he should have been better. But the greatest thing about MJ was he that was never afraid to tell. And I think that’s why he succeeded so much – because he was never afraid of what anybody ever said about him.
Never afraid to miss the game winning shot, never afraid to turn the ball over. Never afraid. I think his drive and never being afraid to fail is what made him and he would be unbelievable still today because of that.
What about you?
Do you play because you love the game and love to compete or do you play for the recognition and the hope someone will mention you on Twitter or Instagram?
John Wooden once said that “Success is never final and failure is never fatal.”
It would help all of us to remember that!