In 1999, while playing basketball, for the Langara Falcons Men’s College team in Vancouver, our team was able to have a record of 40 wins and 2 loses. That year we went on to win the CCAA National Championships for the second year in a row.
Now, 10yrs later I still shape my life around the principals that made us such a successful team that year. I strive for them with my family, in my relationships and at my job. It is that constant reminder that to be truly motivated and victorious, each moment of each day, we have to continuously struggle to be “better”. We have to be better for those around us that support us and challenge us. We have to be better for those who sacrifice their time so guide us. We have to be better for those who truly love and care about us. Lastly, we have to want to be better for ourselves.
In practices our team fought / puked / ran / fell down / got hurt / got yelled at / missed shots / etc…at the end of practice, in the locker room, you were happy you had the opportunity to go through those experiences with your “brothers” and it made us stronger as a team.
At the same time, outside of the gym, you are lending each other money for rent or groceries without the thought of getting the money back. We helped each other move with whatever means we had to offer. We were there to talk or hangout whenever a teammate needed you, and the list goes on.
I know for a fact, I would not have a National Championship Tattoo on my back (along with all the other guys on that team) if it had not been for our attitude toward each other regarding OUR team.
I did what it took to be apart of that winning team and the results, in the end, are still paying off…10yrs down the road!