What We Can Learn from the NBA

Have you enjoyed this NBA season as much as we have?  We’re psyched about the finals and can’t wait to see who’s going to come out on top!

We love watching and being involved with sports, and many of us have participated in sports growing up.  Our very own CEO was in the NFL prior to running Blue Chip Endeavors.  With that said, we can’t help but notice that many of the practices and philosophies of the NBA, and other professional sports, parallel ours. There is such a strong correlation between sports and business and there is a lot we can learn from watching the way that athletes perform and interact with one another. Here are some of the lessons that stand out to us most.


  1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.”-Michael Jordan. Obviously, talent is a must when it comes to professional basketball. However, it is the teamwork that propels these teams through to the finals. Teamwork is equally important in other aspects of life such as family, friendships, and work.


  1. No matter how good you are, you can always improve. Even the best players can continue to learn, improve and evolve. The same is true all of us; we should all strive for self-improvement each and every day.


  1. A great coach is really important. You can have the skill, the tools and the know-how, but a great coach is the catalyst to success. In life, it is a parent, a mentor, a teacher or a boss who takes on this roll and guides, encourages and teaches. Having a student mentality, no matter how talented you are, will bring you the most success in life.


  1. You have to take chances. If you want to win, there will be times when you’re going to have to take some risky shots. This is true in both sports and in life. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to take some risks. You won’t be able to reach your goals from the safety of your comfort zone.


  1. You win some, you lose some. Everyone plays to win, but no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sports players are no strangers to losing. It’s never easy to lose, but in sports, you have to be able to chalk it up for experience and bounce back hungry for more. Similarly, you’re going to lose out in life, too. It’s important to develop resiliency to failure in order to keep yourself from falling apart at the seams when life doesn’t go as planned. Adopt an athlete’s mentality and use setbacks as ammunition to get back in the game with more ambition than ever!


  1. It’s not over ’til it’s over. How many times have the odds been completely against a given team only for them to make a comeback, overcoming a seemingly insurmountable deficit during the very last few seconds of the game? Even when things are looking grim, you’ve got to keep your head up and keep giving it your all, because you can always turn things around!  “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

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