Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tell 'em Bill Murray

“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”
- Dean Smith

          The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can make people strive for excellence, and sometimes at the expense of a few rules every now and then. However, sometimes winning vs. losing can bring people to a level they normally would never get to if they did not have a goal.
          I saw a young man recently graduated from college at a gym, and he told me about where he works, and what he studied. I talked to him for a minute, and said keep working and you will reach your goals. Then, after I said that, he looked down as if he were a little depressed. Here is how coach of the  +North Carolina Tar Heels, Dean Smith, and his quote fits in to this observation. Some people, if not most, need a yearly/monthly/daily goal to keep them focused and on track. If Dean Smith didn’t have a goal to win every game, and subsequent steps to get there, would he have become the most storied coach in the game of college basketball? Of course not, but you get my point when I say that in my life there have been some aimless intermissions that led to apathetic times where my goals were forgotten; and those apathetic times were the most unhappy times for myself, and those around me.
          Yes, I know, winning isn’t everything as stated by Bill Murray in this VIDEO LINK, but a goal doesn’t necessarily have to be related to winning.


        Maybe it can be just a benchmark, and if you even try to get there and don’t succeed, you might be in a place you may never have gotten to if you didn’t set that goal. 

"The art of winning can lead to goals, but the agony of losing should keep you on track to win."
- Chris Powers

          Oh, and I will end with another win for +Marquette University coach Al McGuire over Dean Smith:

“Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.”

- Al McGuire