We have all heard the term “flogging a dead horse”. If not, the meaning of the idiom is the reviving of a hopeless issue; or wasting time and effort into something that in the end is a pointless excursion. With that being said, there are some people who believe to an extent that in the end, the excursion is not pointless. Some believe that there are things that could be done to gain the attention of those whose attention needs to be procured. Thus, I introduce you to “Extreme Measures”. This phrase suits many particular competitors considering they have been through so much in their life or craft, they have no other choice but do what they do even more audaciously.
We have seen greats such as Jordan and Kobe Bryant lock in. We have read stories about successful entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban (Bartender) and Daymond John (sold merchandise door to door and on the street). Cannot forget about JK Rowling (Harry Potter) who started homeless. I say this because there is always a way. I am sure each of these individuals may not have seen light at the end of the tunnel but something kept them going. Their resilience and strive for greatness is what makes them great. Conversely there are many people who work hard but may not be as prominent as the ones I mentioned earlier. Examples could your local barbershop owner, your grocery store owner or even a young writer. My dad is up every morning as 5am for his barbershop and the deli owner is up every morning at work at six. Some writers travel and make sure they get their stories. Extreme Measures are sometimes recipes for success in any field.
In my field of work, my experience has been rough to say the least. Money never defined me but it has been subconscious motivation. Starting in college, I lived the college life to the max. The wildest part was the 85%-90% of my nights and evenings ended in the gym considering I never thought I would play. I somehow found my way back there. Pushing cars, running with sandbags, 500 to 1000 shots and makes including weights daily was common. What was sick was that in my head I knew for sure I was never going to play. What was sick was that I knew for sure I would never be an All American. What was sick was that I knew for sure I would never play in the NBA. Even recently my time spent in Turkey I for sure thought that would be my last swing at basketball. What I’ve learned though is that some experiences lead to new character appearances and traits. Some of these experiences are adventures that personally; am willing to take. Watching others fail and succeed or watching others just endure success will always light my competitive fire to do something others feel I would never have the ability to do. This is the main reason why I go through these extreme measures. It is more so about my self satisfaction of achieving a goal and looking back saying I gave it my all.
I feel some people are afraid to fail. They are afraid to make mistakes and be corrected for it. For me, now in my point in my career, I have decided to do things my way. Scoring the ball, defending and play-making; all with CONFIDENCE. Picking up where I left off in college. The crazy thing is after being around this game enough, no one really knows the right answer. Everyone thinks they know things but they really do not. There are also people with positions of power who will tell someone all the positive things in the world but won’t give you a shot. I learned people just like to hear themselves talk. For some people this can be frustrating. A person of power or authority constantly telling someone they belong in a business or organization but consistently dismiss the person because maybe “who knows”. Everyone has their own reason and that is why its important to do what makes you happy and let the chips fall where they may. Us not working hard because of what someone else said to us, have done to us or is currently doing to us is a disservice to our own skills and talent. What sucks is to see someone completely stop because of all the outside reasons previously listed. We should not give up because of what 1 person tells us. There are billions of people on the planet and I promise there will be at least one person who will believe in you. Giving up shows weakness. Though it may be warranted, that reason most of the time has nothing to do with your craft. If does, that only means you have to work harder and put in more time.
I have seen and been through a lot; so many of these experiences helped me make decisions as well as see certain scenarios for what they are. Currently, I am in a league averaging 60 points per game. Our team is successful and I am happy. That is what matters most. I know some players cannot even come close to what I am accomplishing and deep down I know that all my hard work is paying off. I understand people will try and always discredit someone who is having success in their field. Those same people are probably the ones who physically cannot do a quarter of what is being accomplished. Conversely there are those who praise accomplishments. Positive energy is good but those same people should also try and understand what that person has gone through before praising him/her. They should understand what that person has gone through so they too can experience their happiness success on a different level. Being happy for someone is not enough if you do not fully understand why. A perfect example is a relationship. One cannot fully appreciate the relationship from the outside if the couple has not gone through ups and downs. If from the beginning they struggled but now have managed to pull it together and they are happy as ever. Or if they were happy from the start and experience true love. I believe deep down this goes with a persons craft being appreciated. The ability to look in and judge from the outside takes more than just the naked eye. Empathizing with the persons current situation will give the viewer a better understanding of it all.
The measures that one takes for the benefit of their career cloaks their whole character makeup. It is the reason that person is the way they are. Conversely, the younger that person starts taking extreme measures, the better off the person will be in the near future. Building good habits and doing things the right way are key. My next mission now is to continue happiness and appreciate the benefits of my craft. If it wasn’t for my hard work, I would not have my good credit, my bills paid and my parents happy. At the end of the day, that is what life is about; doing the absolute most one can do and control, in order to take on life’s toughest adversaries. I appreciate all the love I have been receiving but like I said before, what matters most is that I am happy.