"Practice? We're Talking About Practice?..."
The great philosopher, Allen Iverson, in a 2002 press conference gave us one of the greatest life lessons we could ever learn. After missing practices and undermining his coaches authority he proceeded to give one of the most memorable basketball speeches of all time. In a very sarcastic tone to a room full of reporters he continually repeated his amazement at their focus on a few missed practices saying and I quote “I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about practice.”
Now of course Iverson didn’t lose his job for his outburst, however, the one thing he always coveted in his spectacular career escaped him, an NBA Championship. Why? Practice maybe? See, often we are so focused on playing the big game that we forget that when it’s all said and done, it’s going to be the fundamentals which will win you that big deal, or get you through a life situation. Practice is the foundation that the house is built on but unfortunately there is nothing glamorous about building a foundation. You might have to do a few smaller deals. You might have to wear various hats. You might have to be the boss, the lawyer, the manager, and the worker, however, it is that very practice that is developing your skills as a franchise player.
As the franchise player in your business or in your family it is important for you to set the tone. Be the hardest worker on the court and the rest of the team will follow suit. So while others might never appreciate the amount of practice it took to get to the top it will all be worth it when you hold up that championship trophy.