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Yesterday was Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch it live because I had to go to DLSU for some pre-graduation stuff.

But when I got home, I was able to watch the “mini-movie” that the NBA put together, and there was one moment that struck me. It was a conversation between Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker.

Here’s the video. The conversation can be heard around the 4:24 mark:

 

If you’re feeling lazy to watch it, I’ll tell you what they said. Gregg Popovich told Parker something like, “Great leadership. You didn’t get 30, but you’ve got great leadership.”

Parker replied, “I have to trust my teammates.”

Here are a couple of thoughts that I had when I heard their conversation:

 

  1. Leadership does not mean you have to be the hero

Like what Popovich said, Tony Parker didn’t score huge numbers but instead he made the right plays, and set an example to his teammates.

Sometimes, when we are given the responsibility to lead, we think that we have to do everything, that we have to be the best at everything.

But just like in this example, great leadership can be just setting an example to the people under you. Show them the right way to do things. If you don’t get the attention, it’s okay. You don’t have to be the hero.

 

  1. Trust your “teammates”

I like how Tony Parker responded. He chose to trust his teammates. As leaders, we also have to trust the people around us (but of course trust wisely). Trust in their abilities, and potential. Build up their confidence.

 

  1. Pass the ball

It wasn’t in their conversation, but this is what Tony Parker and the Spurs do. What I mean by passing the ball is to give your teammate roles. Don’t do everything! By designating roles and tasks, not only will efficiency increase, but also your “team” will gain more confidence and experience, and will have the chance to learn.

Those are my quick thoughts about the conversation, and leadership. Are there any thoughts that you would like to share? Any points that you would like to discuss? Please comment below. I would like to hear your thoughts as well!

P.S. Let’s go San Antonio Spurs!

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A few months ago, a certain foreign celebrity tweeted, “Be young! Be foolish!” The tweet got more than 2000 retweets and favorites.

The fact that people seem to agree with the tweet bothered me.

“We are young, therefore we should spend our youth by doing foolish and stupid things.” Is this the message or the mindset that we want to give to the youth? I suggest that our answer should be a big NO.

Instead, I would like to encourage my fellow youth to pursue wisdom. Let’s not waste our years being foolish, and doing things that we will regret later on in life.

In Proverbs 1: 20-21 it says,

 

Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;”

 

Imagine this: wisdom is shouting at us, telling us to listen to it—to follow it.

But why follow it? Why pursue it? Proverbs 24:13-14 tells us:

 

“My son, eat honey, for it is good,
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.”

 

However, it’s hard to be wise. Trust me, I know. Where do we get the wisdom? How do we get it? Like all things, we need God’s grace. We cannot depend on our own ability. That’s why the Bible says in James 1:5,

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

And in Proverbs 2 it says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; …”

Depend on the Lord. Ask for it! Put your faith in Him, and He will give it to you.

But let me encourage you with one more verse,

 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

 

Don’t waste your youth. Don’t spend it by being foolish. Instead, make the most of it by making wise choices and working on your relationship with God.

Waiting – something that seems simple enough, but can be hard to do. I’m not just talking about waiting for that “someone” (though it can be applicable). I’m also talking about anything that is worth waiting for – an opportunity, a promise, a miracle, or anything in between.

Waiting can be hard, especially (but not limited to) to the youth. I’m not an expert on waiting myself, but here are two things that I think makes waiting harder for most people.

1. Impatience

This one is obvious. We’re living in a world that is used to getting things quickly and instantly.  I always hear from older (or to be safe, more advanced) people how they used to go to libraries and find the book they need to do their assignments and research. But for our generation, all of that information is just a click away. The funny thing is, we even get irritated when we have to wait a little longer when our Internet connection is slow.

We want everything now.  If we want coffee, there’s instant coffee. If we want noodles, there’s instant noodles.

Same goes with that opportunity or that relationship. We’re so used to getting things in an instant, that we’re not used to waiting. We want to feel satisfied in an instant.

Yes, impatience is an obvious reason why waiting can be hard. But the next, at least in my mind, is not that obvious.

2. Fear

What does fear have to do with it? Well, we want to feel that we’re in control. We want everything to be in our hand. We want to call the shots. Uncertainty or the unknown can make us afraid.

For example (here’s a popular one): for the men, when we know that we need to wait for that woman. Thoughts enter our minds like: “What if someone else comes into the picture and I miss my chance?” or “What if I wait and nothing happens?”

Waiting can be a risk.

So what do we do? How can waiting become easier? The answer is trust.

But trust who?

It says in Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

And in Romans 8:28:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

So who do we trust? We can trust in God for he is faithful.

We can be patient, because we know that if it’s from God, it will be worth the wait. We don’t need to fear because God is in control.

Here’s one of my first poems. I was inspired by the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow. This was written back in 2006 when I was in first year high school. It was for our English class. I hope you guys enjoy reading it.

Midnight Rider

You can hear them running and screaming

While he is cutting and slashing

The whole town shakes with fright

As he rides all through the night

 

They say he rides a horse that’s black

And a heart is one thing he lacks

They say he wears a red cape

And when he sees you there is no escape

 

People first saw him 200 years ago

Where it all started is one thing I don’t know

Every night he starts his quest to find her

Thus the never ending quest of the midnight rider

—–

Haven’t written anything in a while, and I know I have a lot to improve on. What should I write about next?

Don’t worry. This won’t be a sports blog. I won’t be analyzing every candidate, and give my pros and cons about them. However, I believe there is something that we can pick up from how the Lakers are handling the situation. That being said, I hope that you’ll continue to read on.

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I’ve been a Lakers fan since the 2001 Finals when the team won the NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers. And I don’t just consider myself as a fan, but as a diehard fan. So you can imagine my disappointment with them this season, and my reason for continually looking for news about their search for a head coach since their former coach stepped down.

If you read articles about the topic, you will always encounter the fact that the Lakers are taking their time. They don’t want to step in too quickly. But why is that? Why do they have to carefully look at all potential candidates, interview them, and weigh their pros and cons?

Here’s why:

I’m no coach or athlete, but when I hear the word coach I know that he’s the one who will dictate the system and the culture of the team. He is the one who makes the game plans. He is a person who should have a vision for the future of the team.

The right coach will lead a team to success.

So what’s my point? What can we all pick up from this?

Well, we can apply this to leadership (the coach is also a leader after all). If you are looking for someone to follow, someone who you want to be your mentor, you have to make sure that he has the right vision. He should be able to guide and lead you to the path that you should take.

If you are a leader, ponder on these things. Set a goal, have vision. Put your “team” in a position where they will be successful. Develop the skills and the potential of the people that you are leading.

And in case you’re wondering, I like Lionel Hollins to coach the Lakers next (Sorry, couldn’t help it)