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We Beats Me

As the Texas Tech men’s basketball team takes to the court tonight against Virginia in the NCAA men’s championship, all eyes will be a perceived ragtag bunch of players who have united for the school’s historic run.

In fact, of the five starting players for Tech, none were a coveted 5-star recruit coming out of high school nor even an all-star level 4-star recruit.

Two 3-Star, two 2-star, and 1 unranked high school player have somehow grown into a team 40 minutes from winning a national title in a season dominated by talk of all-star freshmen and blue-blood programs.

We > me.

The beauty in what Chris Beard and his Tech team have done is they’ve played (suffocating) team defense and received contributions from everyone on the roster. It’s almost the opposite of how tournament favorite Duke played this season, as players passively waited on the best player in college this year, Zion Williamson, to save them every game.

Team ball trumps individual ball, always.

Why This Matters to You.

Teamwork makes every dream work. None of us succeed by ourselves.

Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell told CBS Sunday Morning News that he didn’t want anyone to believe he’d achieved the success he had by himself.

“I’ve gone to therapy. I have an acting coach, I have a dialect coach, I have a vocal coach. I don’t do it alone. There’s a lot that goes into it, you don’t just show up (and be good).”

Sam Rockwell

Sam understood that to excel in his profession, he needed to surround himself with coaches who could teach him and people who would help him grow. In order to be successful, you need people ahead of you to help show you the way and people beside you to ensure you continue to meet the standard you’ve set for your life.

You need a strong team.

Worry less about their headlines and more about their play.

Who you play alongside will determine how well you play.

“You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with.”

Jim Rohn

Are the five friends/family/coworkers you spend the most time with helping you live up to the standards and goals you’ve set for your life or are they holding you back?

The beauty in the example of Tech’s current roster is that none of these players were highly regarded coming out of high school. They didn’t garner national headlines, and even now, only one is considered a top NBA prospect. Individually, they don’t grab your attention.

But together? They play championship basketball.

It’s not about having celebrities in your corner or someone popular on social media. It’s about having great people beside you. Teammates with character, a strong drive, and a positive attitude. Teammates who care if you win or lose – and want to celebrate your wins with you.

They aren’t jealous if you reach a goal, because that’s a “W” for them too.

What does your team look like?

Do they surround you like the Tech team, each helping contribute to your success by lending great encouragement, guidance, and help when you need it?

Or are they simply sitting back and watching you play, hoping you’ll figure it out on your own and they can be along for the victory celebration too?

There’s no other way.

Your teammates are helping you win, or they’re helping you lose.

So who in your life are you trusting to be your fellow starters?

We can do more together than we ever can alone.

Michael & Amy Port

As you watch tonight’s national championship game, be reminded about the importance of your life’s teammates. And if it’s time to upgrade the starting roster, don’t be upset. View it as an opportunity to shift some relationships from the court to the stands, so you can reach your professional and personal goals.

You can’t win a championship unless every team member is committed to the goal, the daily work, and each other. You won’t win in life unless you surround yourself with teammates like that either.

If you’re struggling on how to upgrade your teammates, listen to this podcast interview with Geoff Woods, Vice President of The One Thing, as he shares how he was able to change those key relationships, and how he kept his friendship but put them in a new light.

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