Credit. Everyone wants it. From an atta boy to a raise, we all want to be tagged by, and receive the benefit of, personal successes. Rightfully so, but at what expense?
Last night’s win by the Golden State Warriors of the NBA title is a prime example of selflessness and understanding that sacrifice can and will pay off if you put ego aside. Andre Igoudala, the Warriors’ small forward, started 758 consecutive games during his career. That is, until this season, where he acted in a reserve role, until game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Did he sulk around, sullenly walking the floor, lackadaisically going for rebounds off the boards? Not in the least. He jumped right in and helped his team win their first title in 40 years, earning series MVP in the process.
We can all learn a lesson of for the greater good, leave your ego on the shelf. Whether in sports, in the office, or volunteering with community projects, it isn’t always about receiving the immediate gratification, but instead, being part of the result.
That is where the real satisfaction lies.