Some advice for players heading out to tournaments this weekend for the Spring Evaluation Period — PLAY HARD!
Give it up for the Hardest Working Woman in Memphis Girls Basketball (Positive Affirmation)…. I actually started calling myself that right before kicking off the Fall Exposure League in August…I also started using the hashtag #MVPMode (Positive Affirmation) to motivate and inspire myself when I started back working out….Because I am hyper and tend to get too amped up at times, I was overdoing it in my workouts so I had to slow down (Roadblock, ups and downs).. Success does not come easily but you have to keep going (Persistence). I always had a vision to turn Memphis into a Mecca for girls basketball.. People looked at me crazy. (Every one won’t catch your vision) Sometimes I think I am crazy for still being involved with girls basketball. (Self Doubt) However, I’m just doing what I have always done since I was around in the 4th grade, had a basketball in my hand everyday (Passion). Now I just carry them in the trunk of my car. I have been out here in some capacity helping the young ladies in Memphis for quite some time. I’m wiser, more confident, and realize that I have to continue to be a student of the game (10,000 hours). All the years I’ve been around has not been to waste (Trust the process). It’s been a long 15 years out here going to games, making highlight videos, creating websites, blogging, educating, coaching and training. Just recently, I’ve been experiencing everything coming together….Funny how things happen when you create a vision board (Know where you want to go).
Madi is a well known basketball player. Let me change that up a little, Madi is well known by college coaches, national scouts/recruiters/media and individuals in the basketball community for the hard work she has put into becoming a basketball player AND she is only a 5th grader. Madi is well known because of the effort she, along with her parents, put into documenting her progress through social media specifically Facebook. I’ve talked about her before.
I don’t know how Madi figured it out.. I don’t know if her parents told her or her coach told her or she read it in a book or online. But Madi figured out one of the main secrets to success. The secret is to…………
KNOW WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
It’s Stephen R. Covey’s second habit of his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Begin with the End in Mind. “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination.”
Right now at this very moment YOU ARE HERE. You know those maps you use at the mall. Right were you are standing is a big red dot with those words. YOU ARE HERE. You know where you are. You see where you are. You know your current situation. You should have your stats from last season. You should be aware of how you played or trained during the spring, summer or fall. So where do you want to go from here. Where would you like to move the big red dot to?
Where you are moving the big red dot to is your destination, your end point, or simply your goal? If you were hungry, the big red dot might be a Mcdonalds or Burger King. If you need a phone, the big red dot might be an IPhone or a Samsung? If you needed a new pair of basketball shoes, the big red dot would be a pair of Nikes, Adidas or Under Armour.
In basketball, what do you want the big red dot to be for you this season? Is it an increase in points, rebounds, steals or assists? Is it to be a starter? Is it to be the best defender? Maybe you want to start getting recruited. Do you want to receive your first letter or 2 from a womens basketball program? Would you like to have a college coach attend one of your games?
Take some time and do as Madi did. Write out your basketball goals for this season. Document where you would like the big red dot to be once the season has ended.
Let’s get started:
POPOTV: Taylor Clemons has one of the most positive, fun, and energetic personalities I have ever seen. During this Fall Exposure League interview, you get a glimpse of the type of person she is by who she shares as influencers in her life.
I have always struggled with sharing information about myself beyond basketball.. However after listening to the founder of Black Girls Code speak today, I’ve decided to share more of the other side of me.. The information Kimberly Bryant exposed me to today was shocking.. Yet it shouldn’t have because I’ve been living it for almost 20 years. First I want to say that the founder of the international organization, Black Girls Code, is from Memphis. She graduated from Central High School and she got an Engineering degree from Vanderbilt…Second I want to share the other side of me…. Basketball is my passion.. Everybody knows that…LOL… However, my career for over 17 years has been in Information Technology more specifically in web development…. My business degree from the University of Memphis is in Management Information Systems.
— Dan Laird (@DanLaird) October 17, 2016
After learning the numbers today on the decrease of women getting degrees in computer science (and getting involved in Technology), I decided that I have to use my voice. I have to let the young ladies in my city, from my neighborhood and that look up to me because of basketball, know that although I excelled in basketball, I talk about basketball, I preach do this and do that in basketball…ACADEMICS was always my Number 1 priority.. In high school, If I didn’t score a certain amount of points my coach was upset with me.. But if I didn’t have AT LEAST a 3.6 GPA each 6 weeks, I was upset with myself. I grew up in Bethel Grove; lived in The Airways Apartments, The Skylane, Kimble Cabana, The Windsor; hung out in the Pendleton Place and Lamar Terrace; attended Bethel Grove Elementary, Sherwood Jr High, Hamilton High School and was bused to Newberry Elementary AND I HAVE AN OVER 17 YEAR CAREER in Information Technology.. If you only knew MY STORY. I mentioned before—I have a Testimony!!! As I reflect, I’m amazed at myself… When I first heard that the founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant, was from Memphis. I got so excited. Then I learned that she would be speaking at a conference that I was attending.. So you know I had to meet her.. BUT— I never expected the impact her speech would have on me….. Never!!!