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Who we become as a result of the chase is the most important thing.


“Basketball is what I do. It’s not who I am.”

~Kyrie Irving


Who > What

The importance of knowing your value and identity comes from who you are and not what you do.

Person > Player

Big difference between these two statements:

  • “I’m a basketball player.”

  • “I play basketball.”

Kyrie Irving

To become the best player you can become, you have to go through a significant amount of adversity. For example, Kyrie Irving had one or more of the following performances happen to him from 2011-14:

  • Shoot less than 50%

  • 5 or more turnovers

  • Lost the game

One or more of these happened in the following amount of games:

  • 2011-12 = 86% of the time

  • 2012-13 = 81% of the time

  • 2013-14 = 85% of the time

Think about that for a second. Kyrie is dealing with adversity over 80% of the time.


People who view themselves as ‘Players First’:

  • Defined by their results.

  • Self-worth is attached to their performance.


People who view themselves as ‘Person First’:

  • Defined by how they handle results (which is in their control).

  • Handle success and failure in a more stable way.

  • The ability to handle adversity and grow from it.

  • The ability to continue to focus on the team.

  • The ability to stay in line with who you are.

  • The ability to handle success in a more humble way

Dear Basketball:

  • Write a letter to Basketball as if it's a person. Describe the impact that it's had on your life; good or bad.

For more WDW Exercises CLICK HERE!!!

Adapted from Bret Ledbetter's What Drives Winning

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