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was a real tough obstacle to overcome. No, it wasn’t the fact
that he grew up in poverty or that his father was arrested for robbery
when he was twelve.There was something else Tyrone had to overcome if
he ever wanted to fulfill his dream of becoming a basketball player.
Something that seemed to bother everyone else much more than it did
Tyrone never listened to what other people had to say anyway. He still
went out for his high school basketball team and not only started all
four years, but guided Dunbar High School to a state championship and
through two straight undefeated seasons.
right,” people said at this point. “High school is fine.
But with your handicap, ain’t no way you’re playing college
ball.” Wrong again. They underestimated the DESIRE this kid had
to play the game. Tyrone wanted it and wanted it BAD. Nothing, not even
his handicap, was going to stop him.
he graduated from high school, Tryone attended Wake Forest college.
He played basketball all 4 years averaging 11.3 points, 8.4 assists
and 3.1 steals a game. Not bad for a kid with a handicap such as he
Tryone stated talking about going into the NBA. “Paaa leeese,”
people would say jokingly. “Ain’t no way.” People
laughed and thought nothing of it. As far as they were concerned, the
kid should be happy that he did as well as he did in college. But the
NBA? FORGET ABOUT IT!
once again Tryone believed in what HE could do and not what other people
thought he could do. He wanted to play ball and wanted it bad. If only
he could get an opportunity to show what he could do. If only the NBA
would look past his handicap and give him a chance.
the amazement to others, Tyrone got the opportunity he hoped for. The
Washington Bullets took a chance on him and drafted him in the 13th
round. He finally got his “moment in the sun.” But could
he prove himself? Was his handicap too much to overcome? Would DESIRE
win out over LOGIC or would LOGIC prevail?
make a long story short, DESIRE did win over LOGIC. Not only did he
play in the NBA, but he was the teams (the Hornets) leader in time played,
assists, steals, turnovers and has a career average of 11.2 points a
game. What’s more amazing is that this man played in the NBA for
11 years in spite of the fact that he was born with the handicap of
being only 5’ 3” tall, standing just below
the chest of most NBA players. The shortest man to ever play in the
NBA with the likes of Jordan and all the other greats.
“Muggsy” Bogues is a great example of how the desire to
want to succeed will win out over the logic to quit if a person is willing
to work hard enough to achieve his or her goals. If there was only one
poster hanging on the wall in my room to motivate me in WHATEVER goal
I wanted to succeed in, it would be that of “Muggsy” Bogues,
the little kid who could.
was Muggsy Bogues so successful at what he set out to do? Why did he
succeed when others his size failed?
of the reasons has to do with the fact that Muggsy had what is called
stands for the first letter of each of the 4 things needed to accomplish
your goals in life. For example, the first letter in DIFS, D, stands
for DESIRE or, how bad you REALLY want something? Without a strong DESIRE
to succeed at what you set out to do, your goals are nothing more than
mere dreams. Keep in mind that there are two kinds of DESIRE: those
who talk about achieving their goal (desire of the MOUTH), and those
who actually go out and do it (desire of the HEART.). Before you set
out to achieve your goals, you need to sit down and determine which
type best describes you.
next letter, “I,” stands for INNER STRENGTH. In the process
of trying to reach your goal, you’re going to get knocked down
again and again. That’s just the way it is and you need to be
prepared for it. How many times you’re willing to get up after
being knocked down will determine weather you are successful at reaching
your goals or not. Ask yourself this question before trying to achieve
your goals: “how many hits am I willing to take before I decide
to stay down?” If you think the person you admire most in the
field you’re trying to be successful in hasn’t been knocked
down repeatedly, you’re sadly mistaken. Do a little homework on
their background and see for yourself.
next letter F is for FOCUS. In other words, concentration. Nothing should
distract you from reaching your goals. To help you remember this, keep
in mind the following Chinese proverb: “a man who tries to catch
2 rabbits AT THE SAME TIME will catch neither.” If you want to
catch 2 rabbits, you need to focus on one first and not get distracted
by the other. Once you have accomplished this, then you can go after
last letter, S, stands for SELF CONTROL. Self control means that the
MIND is able to control the BODY. Let’s face it, there are going
to be times when you’re not going feel like doing what you need
to do to help you reach your goals. If your mind is not strong enough
to take charge over your flesh, your flesh will have its way. If this
be the case, it would be a clear indication as to what type of desire
(mouth or heart) you have chosen.
you become successful or famous at what you set out to do and reporters
ask you “what do you attribute your success to,” just tell
them, “it’s all about the DIFS people. It’s all about
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