Lessons in Life Learned from the Dallas Mavericks

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by David Mollen on 21-06-2011

The recent upset of the Miami Heat by the Dallas Mavericks
has caused me to ponder and reflect on a few things about life that can be
learned from their victory.

  1. You are not entitled to anything just because you say that you are or others say that you are.  I know that most of the national media had made Miami the NBA champions before the season started, but that didn’t automatically give them the championship.  A lot of Americans think they are entitled to certain things just because of their race or socio-economic status.  If that’s the
    case, see number 2 below.
  2. Hard work and dedication often pays off.  Several of the Miami Heat players have admitted that they need to work harder in order to win the championship next year.  Talent is God-given (sorry if the “G” word offends some of you.), skill is developed over time, but neither of them guarantees you success.  They only give you the “ability” to achieve success.  The work ethic and dedication of Dirk Nowitzky and the other Dallas Mavericks proved to be superior to the talent and skills of the Miami Heat.  Do you want real success?  Try hard work and dedication.
  3. Don’t listen to the naysayers.  If you listen to the majority, you will never reach the greatest goals.  The Mavericks weren’t the most talented team in the NBA.  They were supposedly slower, older and less athletic than the Heat, if you listened to the “experts.”  But the Mavs didn’t listen to all of that and just stayed focused on the prize.  They achieved it.  Want to be successful?  Don’t listen to those who tell you that you can’t do it.
  4. Win with class and lose with grace.  Gloating and whining just makes you look bad.  It’s okay to celebrate victories and mourn defeats, just keep life in perspective.  Remember:  There will always be competition.
  5. Unselfishness as a team proved to be a huge reason why the Mavs won the NBA finals.  There were
    no Prima Donnas on this team.  There were only 12 guys who didn’t care who got the most minutes or the most shots or the most points as long as the “team” won.  And they all pitched in when one of them had a bad game.  That’s a good outlook on life.  Selfish people never seem to accomplish the
    highest goals.  If you are only concerned about yourself and your personal goals, you will never achieve the loftiest goals; you will always be like the Miami Heat.  They are watching another team raise the championship trophy, wishing it was them, and wondering why it wasn’t.

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