For those of you who follow the NBA Kevin Durant was named the league’s Most Valuable Player yesterday. If you’re not familiar with basketball, this simply means that out of all the players in the NBA, Durant made the biggest impact for his team. It’s an award that celebrates the individual accomplishment of an exceptional player. With that being said, what did Durant talk about during his acceptance speech? Did he talk about how great of a player he is? Did he give credit to his mental toughness and fitness regimen? Nope. He spent all his time giving credit to him team both on and off the court including a loving tribute to his mother, who was in the audience.
What can we all learn from Kevin’s speech? It sounds cliché but it pays to never lose sight of the team the helped you get you where you are today. You’d be hard pressed to find a business that has one person who works completely in their own world without reliance on other people. The majority of the time organizations work with a team to accomplish their goals. Everyone on your team has a role and sometimes one person may be the star of the show. If you’re the star, be humble and realize that everyone’s efforts help you stay in that position. If you’re more of a role player, embrace your role and know that you’re helping your entire team move forward.
I’m not going to lie to you and say that I didn’t get a little misty eyed watching Kevin’s speech yesterday because my puffy eyes would tell a different story. However, It’s my opinion that being humble and thanking your team along the way will always be the right move. What good is it to celebrate success if you don’t have the people you love and respect around you to share the moment?