Six games. 156 missed shots. 50 turnovers.
79 personal fouls. 17 shots blocked.
28 balls stolen. 30 free throws missed.
And they went undefeated. 6-0.
Those are the stats of last year’s men’s college basketball champions (Duke University) throughout the NCAA tournament. Similar results happen every year.
What inspires me most about college basketball is…
The focus of the players.
With thousands of people watching them … talking, yelling, waving things in the air … pep bands playing and cheerleaders cheering (for and against them) … knowing their work is being watched, recorded, and judged at all moments by fans, scouts, reporters, and coaches … with all of it … they’re able to do their work.
I want that focus every day. (Don’t you?)
The resilience of the players.
There aren’t two minutes that go by without at least one mistake by someone. And everyone sees it … a missed shot, a foul, a turnover. But there’s no time for excuses, drama, or complaints because the game goes on … many times instantly.
And the person who makes the mistake knows that if he hesitates to get back in the game for even a split second, it’ll cost everyone. So he gets back to work … immediately.
The mutual support between players.
I love when the players huddle up on the court at key moments (like this picture I caught during a regular-season VCU game here in Richmond).
I especially like it when they do it after a missed free throw before the second attempt.
I assume they say supportive things to the shooter rather than telling him he’d better get it right this time. (What could be our version of the support huddle? Yours and mine … in our environments.)
I’m also inspired by those enthusiastic players who encourage their teammates from the sideline (sometimes for all 4 of their college years)… and those caring coaches you see and read about.
I want to be a part of those huddles every day. (Don’t you?)
And one more inspiring thing…
All of this is from people who’ve been alive for less than 25 years. Pretty impressive.
Imagine if each of us could do the same in our daily work. (And know that you can.)
Thousands of opportunities to be inspired during the Goodness of March. Share and enjoy!