In order to be at the top of your game, you have to believe you are the best. So, when I hear an athlete has been asked who the best player is, I don’t have a problem if they say, “I am.”
In a recent ESPN interview, that’s exactly what Rockets two-guard James Harden said:
Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this team and a lot of players aren’t, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now?
Scoop: That’s what I was about to say, “including you.” You made that sound like it was an easy answer.
Harden: It is. Myself.
Scoop: Then here’s the question: Are you where you want to be basketball-wise, even if you are the best?
Harden: Nowhere near close. I’ve got a long way to go, a lot of learning to do, improvements to make. Um, you know, as long as I’m listening and focused on the right things, I can reach my potential.
Here’s the advice I always follow from the Queen, Beyonce. “I’m not a betting woman, but I always bet on myself.”
Nothing wrong with that approach to life.
photo via @JHarden13