Though I am a very faithful and committed Warriors fan and fully expect the Warriors to beat the San Antonio Spurs tonight to lock in a third NBA Finals appearance in the last 3 years, today, I read an article about the culture of the San Antonio Spurs in which Popovich shared what I believe to be some very wise thoughts. Popovich stated that the primary question in player evaluation for the San Antonio Spurs was...
He would go onto say...
"He should take pride in the work, but shouldn't be prideful. I have a problem with proud."
Whether you are a leader of a team or a member of a team, I think these are wise thoughts to consider. Here are several questions you can ask yourself to see if you have "gotten over yourself."
- Have you placed the mission of the team ahead of the furthering of your career?
- Do you desire for the team to win more than you desire to personally succeed?
- Can you be genuinely happy for a teammate's success even if it overshadows your contribution?
- If the team is advancing, but you aren't receiving the amount of recognition or notoriety that you would like, can you still enjoy being on the team?
- Is your primary concern your prominence or the team's effectiveness?
- What would you rather be remembered as, a great player or a great teammate?
I think that these are very important questions that we should all be willing to ask ourselves. There are too many examples of "players" who never reached their potential because of an unwillingness to "get over themselves."
Let's not let that be our story.