How much would you pay to dunk like Kevin Durant? Even if just one time?
$5…$100…….$1,000??? Or maybe even……
I am hopeful that I will throw down like KD some day. Dream big, kids. Dream. Big.
I was watching Game 2 of the NBA Final last Thursday night trying to think of a blog post idea that connected to the NBA finals. I sat on the floor determined to find some nugget of manly wisdom I could extract from the power house matchup of the young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder taking on the Big 3 of the Miami Heat. As I was watching the game I was thinking through several ideas. I am a firm believer that in order to arrive at one good idea you first have to sort through numerous bad ideas.
Here are my bad ideas:
- I thought about how we work hard at things in life (practice) in hope to arrive at the biggest stage (NBA Finals)
- Then I thought I could write about how us men work together in life just like a basketball team works together on the court. (Lame sauce)
Then it happened.
The most glorious of ideas hit me like a tidal wave: “#ManlyMonday | Kevin Durant.”
It’s manly. It’s relevant. It’s perfect.
Here is the profound statement of the day:
As men we need to be more like Kevin Durant.
I’ll explain. During the game on Thursday Kevin Durant had a monster second half and ended up with 32 points. However, what everyone will remember is that he missed a midrange jumper that would have kept his team in the game. With 10 seconds remaining Durant was heavily contested (let’s be honest he was fouled) by Lebron James as he missed the shot. I’m not saying the ref should have called the foul, but there was a lot of contact on a play that decided the outcome of the game.
In the post-game interview Durant did not rant about being fouled. Actually, he completely denied the contact and admitted he should have hit the “open” shot. He easily could have blamed the refs, his teammates who scored fewer points, or a number of other excuses.
But, he didn’t.
Part of becoming successful, learning, growing, and maturing is being vulnerable and taking risks. We have to put ourselves in situations where we might make a mistake, fall short, or flat out fail. Then we admit it, own it, and learn from it.
Mike Solak captured this idea perfectly with a tweet last week:
“@Mike_Solak Men, let’s get in the habit of owning up to our failures, shortcomings, and mistakes. #ManlyMonday”
Let’s learn to be more like Kevin Durant. #ThunderUp
Share some manly wisdom:
- Why is it important to stop blaming others and start owning our mistakes?
- Do you have a story or example of when you have seen someone own a mistake? Or maybe pass the blame?
- Give your best argument supporting who you think will win the NBA finals.