What Basketball Taught Me About Life

Many team sports can teach you valuable life lessons. Basketball, for instance, is one of the sports that have a huge potential of providing you important skills and values you can use in any area of your life, regardless your level of studies, your work or your IQ.

Cooperation In A Group And Teamwork
Top basketball teams have an excellent cohesiveness between players and coaches. They all have only one purpose, which is to cooperate for pushing their performance as high as possible. They give each other constructive feedback; they support each other, and they listen to each member of the team with the same attention and care. By acting as a whole, these teams can overcome difficult times and manage crises much better than teams whose members fail to cooperate in such a good way. Successful people define this ingredient that makes companies, societies and civilizations work as individual commitment to a group effort.

As we go through life, we are always members of at least one team, regardless our career path. Those of us who understand they can only be as strong as the teams they are part of are the winners of this game. They become the positive piece to any team they are part of, and they strive to improve the team by supporting the other members while delivering outstanding on the job performance. Common sense is that you need to learn how to pick their teammates up when they are down and how to appreciate and enjoy the success of any member of the team as if it was your success. By learning how to become the best possible teammate, you contribute to the cohesiveness of the team, thus making it almost invincible.

Good Effort Brings Reward
Someone defined success as being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. By working hard, a less talented individual can deliver a better performance than a talented one who doesn’t care about working hard. Natural athletic abilities are nice to have, but if you don’t train hard, a player with fewer abilities but harder working is going to beat you on the field. Players that work hard to improve their basketball craft are always better than their lazier teammates. This kind of work ethic is a winner in sports, as well as in any other area of life.

You can apply it to your personal life goals or your career goals equally. If you are willing to put in the effort, if you show up in time to your job and if you give your best effort in delivering high-quality work, you have very high chances to get your reward sooner rather than later. If you are consistent in these good habits, you are going to be noticed by the right people and promoted, as they are going to trust you more and more. You should always strive to deliver the best work you can and make the effort always to improve, even if it’s only in small steps.

Confidence Makes Great Players
We are yet to see a good basketball player lacking self-confidence. They know they are good, and they behave according to the abilities they know they’ve acquired through hard work and many hours of exhausting drills. As they put in a lot of preparation before each game, they have the confidence they are going to be able to seize opportunities as they are going to be presented to them on the basketball court. They have nothing to worry about because they know they master their skills. The more they prepare, the bigger their confidence and the better their game.

The surefire way of accomplishing great things in life is the right mix of hope and confidence. If you have a positive mindset, you can get where you want. Everything starts with an optimistic attitude. For instance, getting invited to an interview for your dream job is something that would give most people lots of butterflies in the stomach. However, if you prepare your interview very well, you won’t feel these emotions with the same intensity, so you are going to be able to find your confidence and your right tone, thus increasing your chances to get an offer.

There’s plenty of research showing how playing team sports such as basketball can boost one’s confidence and self-esteem along with the ability to build better relationships and maintaining them for longer. People tend to respond positively to confident individuals, as they inspire trust above all. If you want people to believe in you, you should start by believing in yourself. The entire world is going to follow you, but you need to show them first that you are capable of leading them towards lands where the grass is greener, and there are lots of opportunities.

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