Make It Happen

Make It Happen Michael Jordan Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

“Some people want to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

“Wants” and “wishes” will only get you so far, yet real results are when you put in the effort to make it happen.

What if Michael Jordan didn’t make his opportunity happen? The story of his sophomore year in high school when he was rejected a spot on the varsity roster because the coach deemed him too short. (Note: It’s funny how they’ve never mentioned the coach’s name, nor if I were the coach, would want to be named). What if Jordan simply stopped putting in the effort when he didn’t get what he wanted or wished for to make the varsity team?

Would there have been a Michael Jordan? Would there have been people wearing Air Jordan shoes? Would there be vigorous debates on whether or not Jordan or Kobe Bryant being the greatest player to ever play the game?

Instead, Jordan put in the work in the following summer and grew another 4 inches. He earned a spot on the varsity roster averaging 25 points a game in his final two seasons of high school basketball. In 1981, he played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and scored 30 points. He was recruited to numerous colleges including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia. He would go on to play for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

At Chapel Hill, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year, and in 1982, Jordan, in Jordan-style, made the game-winning jump shot in the NCAA Championship Game against Georgetown. (Guess who was on the other side of the court? Patrick Ewing a future rival of his in the NBA.)

Jordan would go on to setting multiple scoring records, 2, three-peats with a stint of minor league baseball in between. He retired twice only to come back to basketball, led a movement in the shoe industry and much more. When you think basketball, you think Michael Jordan.

Again, what if he just “wanted” and “wished” for greater things? What if he gave up on his dream of playing basketball the first time he was cut? I truly believe none of the other things that happened would have happened. Jordan made it happen. He put in the intentional work.

As a business owner, are you “wanting” and “wishing”, or have you made the decision to “make it happen”. I challenge you to the latter. It’s in your hands. Go make it happen today. It’s how legends are made.

Steph Curry | “The Drake Curse” | Being Self-Made | A Discussion with Coach Jeremy Williams

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

I hear a lot of people on social media and other forms of media tout that they are self-made. They wear it like a badge of honor, and no one can tell them any different. The story usually consists of living a life presented with no opportunities, no support, and through grit and grind clawed their way to success. I don’t believe this to be true. I do believe the hard work, taking action, and commitment to being the best one can be at their craft. What I mean by no one is self-made is that we all have a supporting cast whether visible or behind the scenes. I use the example of last night’s game, game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

Steph Curry shot the lights out with 47 points in Game 3, yet the Golden State Warriors still lost. See it does not matter how great Steph Curry is as an athlete, even with his heroic efforts, he could not take his team to victory. See I believe victory, even in the eyes of Steph, is not being crowned MVP. I believe he sees victory as his team holding the trophy. That victory is not self-made. The only way it happens is by his efforts combined with the efforts of his supporting cast. Unfortunately his main supporting cast has been out with injuries including Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney, and Klay Thompson. With those individuals out, despite Steph playing his best ball, they had no chance to beat the Raptors last night. 

See Steph is not self-made. He has refined his skills over years with time on task over time, yet despite all this effort, it still comes down to the supporting cast. Who is your supporting cast in your business? Is your supporting cast visible or behind the scenes? Are you engaging with the right supporting cast? Everyone has a supporting cast at some level, and stop claiming to be self-made. If you don’t have a supporting cast, find one, and then watch your business grow. Take a look at where you are in your journey. Who influenced your thoughts along the way (this may even be what you’ve read and studied in books)? Who gave you an opportunity? What doors opened that you stepped through, and who opened those doors? 

I trust this helps people realize at some level the importance of who they are surrounded by in business. Do these individuals build or tear down relationships? Do these individuals add or suck energy from you? Do these individuals add to the financials or break down your business? We must acknowledge we are not self-made, and the right people, at the right time come in and out of our lives.

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