by Sam Prince @PhiSammaJamma
Sports Fans Start Here:
(If you don’t like sports scroll down until you see “Everybody Else Start Here.”)
Take a look at this resume:
Trade Jrue Holiday after his first All-Star appearance
Trade for Tony Wroten, a reach at best
Get Rid of Evan Turner
Draft Michael Carter-Williams
Trade Michael Carter-Williams after he wins Rookie of the Year
Draft Norlens Noel with a top pick in 2013 (Sat out first year with injury)
Draft Joel Embiid with a top pick in 2014 (Hasn’t played a NBA game)
Draft Jahlil Okafor with a top pick in 2015
…all three play essentially the same position
19 wins, 63 losses in 2013
18 wins, 64 losses in 2014
4 wins, 34 losses so far in 2015…that’s behind pace
Philadelphia 76er General Manager, Sam Hinkie has been under intense scrutiny from NBA officials and colleagues (Not a surprise with the aforementioned resume). With seemingly nothing to show for his efforts, Hinkie for all intents and purposes is on administrative leave. Enter respected NBA legend Jerry Colangelo, and it appears as though Hinkie’s is going to need a hankie; there is a new sheriff in town.
While Hinkie’s loophole exploitation makes him appear to be basketball’s Bernie Madoff, I think he can have a solid future as a life coach. DVDs, speeches, a book deal or two. I can see the headlines now: 76ers Ex-General Manager who was ahead of the curve launches Hinkie People Management LLC in Scranton, PA.
Hinkie’s Basketball Philosophy (that’s probably going to cost him his job): Embrace mediocrity, thereby increasing the probability that you will draft a transcendent player, swinging your team from pretenders to contenders.
Everybody Else Start Here:
Imagine a pendulum. If you take the ball and pull it backward, the only option is for it to travel in the opposite direction, forward.
We’ll call this the “Pendulum Effect.” Apply this principle to your life and you will reap its fruits.
Whether it is the government, sports, business, education, or other sectors that are interconnected within the web of our lives, all of them believe that more is better. More government regulation. More regular season games. More profit margin. More standardized test.
More. More. More.
Have you ever gone back for seconds or thirds on an already full stomach, knowing you didn’t need any more food but forcing it down anyways? You’re STUFFED! It’s hard to breathe, and the button on your pants feels like it is going to rip away from the material. You’ve got the itis with an entire day still in front of you, and you say to yourself, “Maybe I shouldn’t have had that extra portion?”
More does not necessarily equate to better. This is further emphasized in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s quote, “Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”
As Americans we are often just trying to do too much. It’s true that we often bury ourselves in “more”, but through cutting back and eliminating (like 76er GM Sam Hinkie) we can put ourselves position to achieve more with our already limited time and resources.
Giving up things can be hard. We are married to status, especially in America (and other westernized nations). To the outside world, when you eliminate status driven material things from your life, the world will often perceive you as cheap.
Don’t worry about looking cheap…or broke. Just stick to the following steps.
Step 1: Identify
Identify everything in your life that is not existential to survival. It’s time to face the man (or woman) in the mirror and ask the tough questions. Do I need a television? Do I need a vehicle to get around, or can I supplement my travels with the transit system? Should I be romantically involved at the moment? It’s time to identify and prioritize, separating your “wants” from your “needs.”
Step 2: Eliminate
So you realized that you no longer need a television, meaning Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Love and Hip Hop _________ (Insert City Here) are not necessities. You don’t “need” NFL Sunday Ticket. You can catch up on the highlights online, or listen to the game on the radio.
Step 2 is where we take those things we identified as “wants” and CUT them out. Don’t wait. As soon as you identify, move immediately into eliminating “cold turkey.”
Step 3: Redirect
Guess what? Now that you have eliminated non-essentials that suck up your time and money, it’s time to redirect your newly freed up resources.
Pick one goal, and only one to focus on. (Multitasking does not work) Over a three month time period divert your newly freed up resources to it. It is important that you make a plan, and get with people that will help you keep it.
At one point in time my health was spiraling out of control. I was in my early twenties and my blood pressure was higher than my grandfather’s. I knew it was time for a change. It was time to get off my butt and save my life. IDENTIFY
The first thing I did was sell my television. Then I canceled my Netflix membership. Finally I stopped eating meat. ELIMINATE
I started to look for some quality health advice, besides from my doctor who prescribed me some blood pressure pills. (NOTE: I did not want to take the pills any longer, as I did not like the way my body reacted to them. That being said, you Should be listening to your doctor.)
Then one of my clients told me about FAT, SICK, and NEARLY DEAD. It is a documentary that shows the benefits of juicing. I won’t spoil it. If you haven’t seen it you can rent it, or find it on Netflix.
As a result of watching that documentary (Over my parent’s house because I no longer had Netflix), I bought a juicer, followed a two month juicing program, lost over 70 pounds, and stabilized my blood pressure. REDIRECT
Now you try! And don’t forget to thank Sam Hinkie for this idea. I mean, I did kind of borrow it from him.