I was reading a magazine recently and there was a great article full of celebrities, sports figures and world leaders talking about the best advice they ever got.
It caused me to think about the best advice I’ve ever gotten as well.
My high school basketball coach, Bruce Davenport, gave our team advice that I’m still using today after all of these years.
Yep. That’s it.
It says so much with so few words but can be applied in so many different areas of life.
Life, work, relationships… and games are all full of various rulebooks, play books and sets of standards to get us through almost any situation.
When you look at it from a game perspective, what our coach was trying to say to us was this.
We know these plays will help us score points and win a game, but there are going to be times when the play isn’t working at all. Don’t pass up the opportunity to take a shot when the moment is right or pass it to someone else who is open. It’s ok to divert from the play if it means you still have a shot in the game.
The game… winning the game is more important that following the play every time. You have to adjust when necessary.
Sometimes, sticking to the play will cost you the game.
Life is like this isn’t it? Work is like this isn’t it? Sometimes you have to do something out of the norm to get the job done. Sometimes you have to take a chance to achieve the end result. Sometimes the normal lines of communication and authority aren’t going to work.
And sometimes it’s up to you to figure out when to divert from the play and go for what you know is right and do it.
What is the best advice you ever got?