make your life “more than”

Posted on Tuesday.11.3.2009



Recently, I caught the new documentary More than a Game showcasing LeBron James and his high school teammates journey through school and life. Though the movie is advertised as spotlighting LeBron, it’s actually much more about his teammates and his coach.

LeBron is one of the best players in the NBA and one of the top grossing athletes of our time. But his success wasn’t garnered on his own. His success grew in two ways: 1) he was supported and sharpened from great friends and 2) he was led by a disciplined and caring coach.

For LeBron and his teammates, basketball was much more than just a game. Through their well told story, it was apparent that basketball had taught each of the players how to work hard and how to become the best version of themselves.

It made me think that the goal is really about making our lives and our work more than… fill in the blank. Here are the tangible ways you can make your life and your work “more than” :

It’s all about collaboration…

  • Do it together: LeBron very well may have been able to win games by himself. But when his teams were beating team, 115-45, I don’t think he scored 115 points. There’s a great African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together.” LeBron wouldn’t have reached his levels of his success without those guys on his team. Who are the people that you want to do the hard work with? Who are the people you need to ask to do work with you?
  • Peer Coaching and Leadership: I believe this is one of the most difficult things to do in collaboration. Being able to help grow and challenge your peers is a difficult thing, that’s why I believe it’s an art. Although LeBron’s teammates didn’t necessarily coach him on the court, they definitely taught him how to be a brother, to share life and possessions and to sacrifice. LeBron would have never learned these lessons on his own. Are you able to challenge your peers, are they willing to listen? Even more importantly, are you willing to listen to your peers when they have a challenge for you? You can be an 8 out of 10 by yourself, but a 10 out of 10 with others.
  • Mentorship: Find someone older, wiser, and more experienced to help you on your journey. No matter how smart or talented you are, there are always things that you can’t know without the experience. Having a mentor is invaluable. For LeBron, that was his coach.

Doing work in collaboration is definitely harder than doing it alone, but there’s much more value and success at the end. Lebron’s coach has a great quote at the beginning of the movie:

Don’t let basketball use you, use basketball for what you want to become.

Use your life and your work for you want to become and that you’ll be more than just a …

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