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Surround Yourself With Greatness

If you want to be a great athlete, you must surround yourself with great athletes. Their mindset and habits help shape you and inspire you.

Attend camps where great athletes and coaches are present. Listen to their words and see their habits. Learn to ask questions that help you become your better self.

Be intentional about learning from them. One habit when I attend camps or clinics is to purpose that I will learn two things that will make me better.

I attend games to watch but also to learn. Here are two examples. I sit near the coach's side of the court or field.

I was watching Monache play Porterville High, and it was a rival game full of energy. Coach Rudy from Monache said to his players on the bench, "I will play the players I trust and the players I trust are the ones that listen." I have never forgotten that gem of wisdom.

I attended the George Glover Memorial girls basketball at Strathmore High School. Strathmore was losing by about 20 points with about 40 seconds left in the game. Strathmore coach Richard Miranda calls time out. I was bothered because what was the use of calling timeout with no chance to win? He tells the team to run an in-bound play under the basket. He says to the team, "this play won't make a difference in this game but it will when we make the playoffs." They made the play without success.

Several weeks later, I am watching this same Strathmore team run this same play with success, and they win the close game by four points. I learned from Coach Richard to look for teaching moments that will make your team better.

If you want to be great, find a way to put yourself around greatness. Aim for the top and put yourself around them.

We are NU Breed, the rumor of something good.

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