Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Leaving a Legacy

Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, NBA rivalry, NBA legacy
Fast forward a few months.  Your season (career, semester, etc.) is over.  It is important to know where you ultimately want to be before you head out on your way!  To help you identify your personal and team goals, think about the legacy you would most like to leave behind.

In thinking about your legacy, consider athletes who put personal goals ahead of the goals' of the team.  Allen Iverson won a handful of scoring titles in the late-90's and early-2000's.  But people remember him most for his clearly selfish comments about missing team practice:  "We're talkin' about practice?"

More likely, when reflecting about NBA basketball legacies, people talk of the selfless team game of Tim Duncan and his San Antonio Spurs.  Duncan and his teammates brushed aside ego, scoring titles and individual accolades, and even accepted lesser salaries and lower-paying contracts, all in honor of their team.

In setting your personal and team goals, consider the following:

  • How do you envision your season to have gone when it's all over?
  • What culture will you have left behind?
  • What will you look back on and remember most?
  • When you have gone, how will you be remembered?  
  • How will your team be remembered?  
  • And for what?

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