1. You Always Have A Choice.
Many of the below athletes don’t look at their situation in terms of sacrifice. They simply see it as choices. As I reflect on my days of shooting hoops in the snow, I can’t help but think of all the things I could have been doing instead: sleeping in, visiting my television friends, even playing pranks on my sleeping sister (I was known as “The Tease” growing up).
“Opportunity costs” exist with every one of our decisions and we have the power to choose our destiny. Sometimes we think that fate dictates our plans, our vision, our future. Though this simply is not true.
You always have a choice.
2. Greatness DOES Require Sacrifice.
Some of the individuals below reflected on one key value that is central to every one of our lives: TIME.
We can never get time back. Each moment as it passes by rushes off into history, never to be experienced again. Time with family, friends and even personal time is one of the greatest sacrifices that individuals chose to make.
Since it takes approximately 10,000 hours to become proficient, we must weigh each hour carefully.
3. Be Careful What You Wish For… Because You May Just Get It.
In the above story, I stated that I used to repeat the mantra, “I am Michael Jordan. I am Michael Jordan.”
I wanted to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived. However, how would things have changed if I did?
Newton’s Third Law tells us:
“For Every Action There Is An Equal And Opposite Reaction.”
Dietmar (the archery champ below) taught me this. “Be Careful What You Wish For..” he said. He told me that with success there are many things that change. Your circle of friends change. People come out of the woodwork asking for things.
When I was growing my first business, my partner and I used to meet with a business mentor that sold his company for $300 million. We used to be starry eyed when we thought about how we might some day achieve this as well.
Though one day he told us, “Money changes everything.” You have to scrutinize people more closely and assess their motives. You have to be more careful because people are always watching you. When you become wealthy or achieve fame, things change.
Are you willing to deal with the “reaction” that comes with achieving greatness?
Be careful what you wish for…