Blog Post #268:  Basketball Thoughts

March Madness Basketball Tournament is coming, so I thought I’d look at basketball quotations today:

From Larry Bird: “A winner is someone who recognizes his God- given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

From Michael Jordan: “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” and another Michael Jordan quote: “”Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Three John Wooden quotes:  “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” -“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

Success thrives on talent, but taking that talent and (as Larry Bird says) works hard to develop the talent and to achieve his/her goals.  

John Wooden says that mistakes are normal – if you are NOT making mistakes you are NOT doing anything.  Take your mistakes and climb over them to success.

There are thousands of universities in the United States.  Some are NCAA division I (which will be the focus of most of the March Madness); some are division II and division III; some are NAIA schools and there are some that do not field athletic teams.  There are many thousand of players in a multitude of sports. Why aren’t all teams successful? Why aren’t all athletes successful?

You need goals (and … not just basketball goals); you need to have a vision; you need to work hard towards your goals and vision.

Maybe you are reaching your goals – like I was as a player on a basketball team – but I didn’t aspire to much more than being on the team – I didn’t work towards being anything but a substitute, a bench-warmer.  If I knew then what I know now, I could have worked harder and achieved more.

Do you have goals?  Are you REALLY serious about them?  Are you REALLY working on them? Maybe your skills are in music or business or journalism or something else – but you need to find your talents and build them to be the best.  

You can do it – but it isn’t easy.  If it was easy, I’d be in the Basketball Hall of Fame!!!

What do you think?

Let me know at:

Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

Leave a Reply