Live Like a King
Just like any other sport, basketball is a game of strategy and decision-making. Because of his basketball skills, LeBron “King” James was the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft. After joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron excelled, making history by becoming the first Cavalier to be named “Rookie of the Year” and then become an all-star. Although LeBron was content with how his team was progressing and how they were improving, another opportunity arose in 2010.
LeBron had to take the time to decide where he wanted to be in the next five years. Once this was decided, he had to plan and define a strategy that would land him where he wanted to be. Ultimately, LeBron determined that the Miami Heat gave him more of what he needed to be great.
It is at the beginning of one’s career, as you gain experience, hard work and knowledge, that a person demonstrates their discipline and shows signs of becoming that superstar and it is during those early years that you excel. However, it is through “reflection” and “introspection” that you determine who you want to become and what you want your career to be. It is through that reflection process that you determine which stepping stones and opportunities you might pursue and which will lead you in the right direction. If you are like LeBron you may be happy no matter what team you play on because you are doing what you enjoy. However, you will never know about a more perfect opportunity unless you have the courage to investigate the possibilities.
In 2010, LeBron saw an opportunity to be courted by several major teams: the Bulls, the Clippers, the Knicks, the Nets, the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. At the time of LeBron’s move, the Cavaliers had made grand strides towards improvement: coming from having one of the longest losing streaks in NBA history. It was clear that LeBron had been of great benefit to the team. However, in your career, it is important that you be like LeBron and think of what your “team” can do to benefit you. After LeBron’s move to Miami, Cleveland fans were visibly upset and they protested LeBron’s decision. He was considered a traitor to his team and to Cleveland, but after LeBron made the decision, he had the courage to stick with that decision and do what was right for him.
It is always interesting to explore the possibilities of “what if?” What if LeBron had not entertained a move to another team? Would he have the championship rings he’s earned through his hard-work, dedication and decision-making skills? What if LeBron had stayed with the Cavaliers? Would the team’s much improved stats be enough to satisfy LeBron’s appetite for victory? If you never consider other opportunities, you could be passing up the chance to do something greater or the opportunity to have more success than your current team can offer you.
Throughout the basketball world, LeBron is known by a name that leaves no one doubting his basketball prowess: King James. Certainly, his move to the Miami Heat has done wonders for his popularity and his career, but King James has also never been more successful. Have you considered the possibilities that could lead you to live like a king?