Did you watch game 7 of the Heat-Spurs NBA championship? For much of what I’ve said in previous post about saving time by not watching any sports events, I did watch the last five minutes of game 6 and the last 11 minutes of game 7. I just got home in both cases so I decided might as well watch what everyone was talking about.
If you didn’t watch, I’ll tell you what happened. Lebron James of the Miami Heat shot several shots that went in at the right time for them to win game 6. He did the same in Game 7 in the last two minutes or so. For those of you that know about pro basketball, he is considered the best player in the world today. They won the Championship mainly because of his ability to make the shot go in at the critical moment. So you say this shooting accuracy was because of his talent – something that most of us don’t have. Would you be surprised if I tell you that it took him 6 years to have that accuracy? That’s what the article I read said about him. When he couldn’t win championship years ago, he dedicated himself to doing a lot of practice shooting. 10,000 hours? No, more than that. In my previous posts, I mentioned that it takes 10,000 hours of practice in doing a certain task before you can be an expert on it. So over the years, he had one guy assist him in the shooting practice. This practice is in additional to the regular team practice that they do several times a week. Game 6 and 7 came – and when it mattered, the shots he made are more out of habit than “luck” as people would label it. So after this championship, he said he plans to improve more by working hard at improving his skills. The best player still wants to improve. What an inspiration!
Now, let’s go to the extreme side of this equation. People buy lottery tickets hoping they will have their chance in becoming rich. Even though statistics indicate that you have a better chance of being hit by lightning than winning a lottery ticket, people still do. Their motivation? Greed maybe? More like getting money without hard work. Same with people who frequent casinos – they are there hoping they don’t have to work hard and still get a lot of dough! A lot of people get fooled by Ponzi schemes. The scheme is usually run this way: a smooth talking person approaches potential investors and ask them to invest their retirement money in exchange for doubling their investment within 2 years or offering 50% return year after year. Then Mr. Smooth Talker disappears when it’s time to make a withdrawal from the investment. They easily get duped because once again – greed overcomes reason. Additionally, investing with a promise of a very high return eliminates doing hard work.
That is also the reason why people can’t wait to be retired. Some people view retirement as laying idle all day in a beach or next to a pool while sipping cold drinks. The main attraction is because there’s no hard work involved. In fact, no work is involved at all. But would that be an unfulfilled life, isn’t it? Why? Because it’s all about hedonism and nobody else profits from your activities. From a practical standpoint, how long would you endure laying on a beach day after day doing nothing? For me, maybe one week – after that I would like something else – like maybe laying poolside for one week? Just kidding!
As you can see by the example of Lebron James, hard work really pays. I am using him as an example because a lot of people have heard of him – even those who don’t watch basketball. But I tell you – there are millions of people who work hard every day while earning a very tiny fraction of what Lebron James makes every game.
To have a fulfilling life, make hard work a part of your habit. Look at someone you know that works hard and use them as an inspiration at doing the best that you can in every endeavor you tackle. Hard work doesn’t mean very long hours at work. It means putting in your optimum effort at everything that you have committed to do.
And then once a year – reward yourself by laying by the beach doing nothing for a few days.