This quote from Chris Paul speaks volumes about the amount of faith he has in his handle.
“I, when I step onto the court, I don’t think anybody should be able to take the ball away from me.
Right? And you know why? You wanna know why?
‘cus you know where confidence comes from?
Check out this video where he does a bit of his own dribbling drills:
To succeed at a high level professional league like the NBA, it’s obvious that talent is needed; more importantly, the will to work at your craft and to develop the confidence necessary to survive is of paramount importance.
This applies to everything else in life, be it work, study or otherwise. With the advent of the Internet, information is readily available. Applying the information though, requires discipline and study. Knowing how to read instructions is one thing, having the knowledge in your head and knowing things inside-out?
Now that, is another ball game altogether.
Never whine when you get a chance to do more work, because doing more makes you learn more, and the one who reaps the harvest, is you and you alone. The more you do, the more you know. And the more you know, makes you a better person.
Think of yourself as a piece of iron at a forge. The iron requires smelting and shaping by the blacksmith before a useful tool is produced – the same way you, have to be “forged” by experience to be a competent individual.
Moral of the story? Practice, reaps confidence. Never say no to a chance at practice.
I end this post with a memorable quote from Ernest Hemingway, in the movie “Midnight in Paris“. Unrelated, but beautiful nonetheless.
“I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave… It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds… until it returns, as it does, to all men… and then you must make really good love again.”