May 182011

Henry Ford once said “If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, you are right”.

This is a great quote and is easy to say, but few really live the phrase to its utmost. Too many critics jump up and tell people what they can and can’t accomplish in life. No where is this more obvious than in sports such as the NFL and the NBA.  There are many supremely talented players in the world, but undersized athletes are told that they can’t possibly compete in the professional leagues given their size.

Yet, once in a while, belief and optimism proves everyone wrong.

I watched the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night in the Western Conference Finals of the NBA.  It was an extraordinary game, fast, furious, and a clash of titans — Dirk Nowitski put up 48 points for Dallas while Kevin Durant dropped 40 for the Thunder. But the smallest optimist on the floor stole the show.  JJ Berea was the difference that pushed Dallas to victory, a 5′ 8″ blur of competitive spirit and belief.

I am so very glad that JJ’s parents always told him that he can achieve his goals and dreams. His level of “I think I can” is higher than anyone else I have seen in professional sports in many years. Every parent can learn a lesson. Tell your kids that they can!

I.M. Optimism Man

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