What does LeBron Say about Mental Resilience?
July 21, 2016
Likely soon after LeBron finished the glamorous parade throughout Cleveland, he started to think about the trials and tribulations that took him there. Many people attacked him for his cries upon winning the NBA championship – Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in …a very, very long time!
People said his cries paled in comparison to MJ’s. They said they were not genuine. They said it was all a show. Nobody can explain what LeBron has gone through to take him to this point better than he can, however looking at some of his ups and downs paints a clear picture that over the years he has developed an incredible mental resilience.
Starting with his birth to his 16-year-old mother, James had an uphill battle his entire way being raised with only one parent. Introduced to basketball at 9, he quickly found his talent being named the greatest high school basketball player ever. After losing in Ohio’s state championship game after his junior year, James dealt with high levels of stress and tried to seek his own remedy.
The Akron, Ohio hometown boy grew up with aspirations of playing for his hometown team. As luck would have it, he was drafted by his team. With enormous potential, James took the team to the Finals for the first time in 2007. They were swiftly swept by the Spurs.
Facing an inordinate amount of pressure, James took the ridicule of countless people in the much publicized The Decision where he left Cleveland to make an unstoppable trio in Miami. Arriving to Miami to join Bosh and Wade, many attacked James for how he handled the situation. James continued to hear boos every time he was near Cleveland, all while leading the Heat to multiple championships.
After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the championship game, James was determined to work harder and improve. He enlisted the training of one of the NBA’s all-time greats, Hakeem Olajuwon, to work on his post-game.
How would it feel to always be compared to the greatest, MJ? Always in the back of his head, James is hearing that MJ’s jump shot was better. He is hearing that MJ had a better fade away. Or that MJ was a better leader. The list goes on and on. This comparison to our peers has extreme detrimental impact to our psyche. There are other examples, of course, of having great role models, mentors, or guides to take you to greatness whether in business, sports, or life in general.
His struggles have proven worthwhile in other facets of his life. James owns SpringHill Entertainment, which has a signed contract with Warner Bros, and is producing several shows for TV. James has more endorsement deals than one could ever imagine: Coca-Cola, Beats by Dre, and Blaze Pizza. Of course we cannot forget about his lifetime deal with Nike.
In 2016 he was the 11th richest celebrity with $77 million in income, according to Forbes. This monetary wealth is completely overwhelmed by his sheer happiness of bringing his hometown team a championship. Happiness is the new wealthy.
What do you think about playing games, joining a community, and building mental resilience?