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Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

Tom Hogue  March 2017

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -Michael Jordan


I'm not much of a basketball fan unless we're talking about the final four in college, or perhaps the NBA championships.  I also enjoyed watching my sons who played basketball when they were much younger. Those are the only times I really get interested in the sport. 


However, I do recognize that basketball is like other sports where those who excel and stand out are special for a few specific reasons. First of all, they work harder, practice more, and are more committed than other players. Sure, sometimes, they have a natural talent, and that makes them good, but it's never enough to take them to greatness.


Even Michael Jordan, who attended Emsley Laney High School in NC was rejected for the varsity basketball team and told that he was not tall enough or good enough. At that point, he was faced with a decision. Quit basketball, perhaps pick another sport, or wallow in self-pity and do nothing. Perhaps play video games. Or get wrapped up in the wrong crowd and pick up some bad habits. He had many choices. 


But those are none of the courses he chose of course. Instead, even as a young man, he went outside and practiced over and over again in his driveway. He didn't give up on himself. He didn't just wish he was chosen for the basketball team. Young Michael certainly wanted to make the team. Instead he had a different kind of commitment, and he was fiercely determined to improve and succeed.


His career was quite a journey from that young man that was cut from the team to the 5 MVP awards, 14 NBA All-Star game appearances, 10 scoring titles, 6 NBA Finals MVP awards, 5 time NBA champion and 8 time all star. None of this would have been possible if he wasn't courageous enough to set his mind to accomplishing greatness.


A strong mindset is the most powerful force in your life. If you believe fiercely enough that something will happen, and you're determined to do your part, you will make it happen. From overcoming physical limitations or achieving athletic goals, to mending and improving personal relationships, to succeeding in career or business. It's not enough to want it or wish it - you must will it. It will take a lot of work, but it can be done.


So remember: Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. Which person are you? 

March 2017
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