Separate Yourself

I’m not going to say the name, but you will only be That Guy, you will only eat or breath, you will only drive around with people screaming your name for four years if you don’t get your stuff together. You’re the man now, but you won’t be the man forever. And the worst thing in life is not to be broke; the worst thing in life is to taste some success and then you got to go back to being nobody – that’s hard.

I’m going to say it again because I want to make sure you catch it. It’s one thing to be broke because you cool – like we grew up, we were broke, I didn’t know. We just doing honey sandwiches; I didn’t know something was wrong with that. Right? Just mayonnaise sandwiches; I didn’t know anything was wrong with that. But now that I’m successful I see, Oh, we didn’t have options. Right?

Listen to me very closely; the sweetest commercial that MJ did, you know the commercial where Mike was just talking about he made the game look – – he apologizes for making the game look so easy!

Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy, when it wasn’t. Made I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot was a game winner; that my game was built on flash, and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength; that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a god given gift, and not something I worked for every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game. Or maybe… you’re just making excuses.

Michael Jordan

You aint the only one doing what you doing. You aint the only one doing what you doing. And there’s some kid who didn’t get to come here and he’s pissed that he didn’t get to come here. He thought he should be here too, and guess what he’s doing? While you’re in here listening to me, while you’re getting your shoes, while you’re getting your Michael Jordan gear, while you’re feeling like, Yup, I made it! I’m one of the top twenty baby! There’s some kid who didn’t get to make it and right now he’s trying to take your spot. Right now he’s saying Yup. He beat me to The Classic, but I’ll get him in the NCA. I’ll get him next year. And if I don’t get him then I’ll get him after that and I’ll see him in the pros and I’ll get him then. Are you hearing what I’m saying? You’ve got an opportunity but you’ve got to separate yourselves.

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~Eric Thomas~