I was viewing the top 25 athletes on ESPN, about John Stockton, a former Utah Jazz superstar. It was interesting how he became a great basketball player. Of course, practicing the game was a major factor; but he also said that his goal was not to be the best shooter, passer, or even the best player on the team; but his goal was to find a way that would make him valuable to the team. The goal of the team was the most important.
It is interesting article from a parent’s perspective on how to have your children excel in sports. Many of us have experienced the sometimes-disappointing saga of our children’s attempt at sports. We have spent endless hours and money on coaching, training, and taking our children to games. But the primary attention was focused on our children excelling. This resulted in tension and confrontations with coaches, parents and our children.
Not everyone becomes a Michael Jordan or LeBron James. These are special athletes. But even special athletes cannot win championships by themselves. They need other players that would make their abilities come through. It is the team that is the most important. We must teach our children talents and skills that would help the team. The individual that can help other players, becomes important to the team.
It is the same in other areas of life. It is not ourselves that we should highlight: but it is others that we must accentuate. When we help others, our lives will also improve. True joy for us can only occur if others have joy also.