Today, I read a very interesting quote by Milwaukee Buck’s star Giannis Antetokounmpo –
“When you focus on the past, that’s your ego: ‘I did this. We were able to beat this team 4-0. I did this in the past. I won that in the past.’
When I focus on the future, it’s my pride: ‘Yeah, next game, Game 5, I do this and this and this. I’m going to dominate.’ That’s your pride talking. It doesn’t happen. You’re right here.
I kind of try to focus on the moment, in the present. That’s humility. That’s being humble. That’s not setting no expectation. That’s going out there, enjoying the game, competing at a high level. I think I’ve had people throughout my life that helped me with that. But that is a skill that I’ve tried to, like, kind of — how do you say it, perfect it, master it. And it’s been working so far. So I’m not going to stop.”
Simple, yet profound and relatable.
It is interesting how we only stop to listen to people when they win. This wisdom always existed with Giannis.
There is so much to learn from those around you, even when they are not winning.
I am thankful for pearls of wisdom offered without a price.