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Remix: Keys to Success (concept originally posted in June of 2010)
You need talent, luck, and persistence. Pick any two if you want to be successful.
Whether you are a basketball coach or player, you can reach your (realistic) goals and achieve a high level of success with just two of those three.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look…
Talent
To some degree, what most people refer to as talent, is nothing more than passion. If you love to do something… you will do it every chance you can. And the more you do it, the better you get. Now obviously there are several uncontrollable factors that determine someone’s ultimate talent and success on the basketball court (height, athleticism, etc.), but in many instances, talent comes from non-stop, obsessive practice. I have never met a lethal shooter who didn’t practice all of the time… who didn’t shoot thousands and thousands of shots every single week. Being a talented shooter is
100% controllable.
There is no debate that Kevin Durant was born with numerous physical gifts. But so are a lot of people. So how come KD is an NBA All-Star and 3-time NBA leading scorer and other 6’9” guys never get chance to play past college? Because KD has an unparalleled passion for basketball and he works on his craft every single day. The same can be said for Greivis Vasquez of the New
Orleans Hornets. I met Greivis the day he got to the United States (from Venezuela) in 2005. He spoke very little English and weighed 150 lbs. Now he plays in the NBA. How is that possible? He made himself talented by working on his game every single day.
Same goes for coaching. Who are some of the most talented coaches in college basketball? Coach
K? Tom Izzo? Do you have any idea how much time and effort those guys have put into their coaching skill sets? They love the game of basketball and work relentlessly at becoming the best they can be.
Talent is the ability to make the most of what you have with where you are.
Luck
Honestly,

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