Friday, January 12, 2024


 A short post recognizing the wisdom one of the superstars of NBA, 28 year old Giannis Antetokounmpo shared in the recent press conference. Here's goes the conversation-

- Journalist: Do you view this season as a failure?

- Giannis: You asked me the same question last year. Do you get the promotion every year in your job? So every year, you work in your job as a failure? Yes or no. No!

- Giannis: Every year you work, you work towards something, towards a goal. Which is (probably) to get a promotion, to be able to take care of your family. Provide a house for them or take care of your parents. You work towards your goal. It's not a failure. It is steps towards success.

- Giannis: There are always steps to it. Michael Jordan played 15 years, won 6 championships. Other 9 years, he was a failure? That's what you are saying. It's a wrong question.

- Giannis: There's no failure in sports. There's good days, bad days, some days you are able to be successful, some days you are not, some days it is your turn, some days it's not. That's what sports is about. You don't always win.

(sharing the link as this ~2 min conversation is better heard than read-

A lot has been said about failure, so Giannis's comments on the topic aren't entirely new. However, his self-awareness was one of the most refreshing aspects of the conversation. He embodies a growth mindset that emphasizes the importance of work ethic and planning in achieving success, recognizing that failure is a possibility and that a growth mindset does not guarantee success on its own. Rather, it's about recognizing that failure is a natural part of the journey and using it as an opportunity to learn and improve. (something I tried to convey visually via this sketchnote)

Here's my earlier post based on Giannis' thoughts on humility-

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