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The Draft Dream - Jun 28, 2012


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As the 2012 NBA approaches, hundreds of collegiate athlete-students near the dream of hearing their name called.

What's alarming, is that this dream is totally misguided. Why wouldn't their big dream be to play as many years as possible, making millions in the game they love?

The reason ... today's insecure athlete-students love being told how great they are, even if they are not. Hearing one's name called on draft night is the ultimate ego-stroke.

Why do so many drafted players ultimately fail? Are the NBA execs that far off? Actually, unless drafted players reset their dreams, they are doomed to fail, as their lifelong dream has already been achieved.

The most successful NBA players are driven by will to win, passion for playing, and lust for longevity.

For a little less than 60 student-athletes (factoring out the Europeans), a life-long dream will be realized. Then they will face the realization that everything in the past will be forgotten and that they will be judged on production.

For the thousands who go un-drafted, most will feel ripped-off, thinking they were more deserving than the politically connected. Their families will console them. Some will fire agents. Out of this unhappy group, very few will ever succeed, not because of being left out of draft day festivities, but because this unrealistic group doesn't put value improving through hard work.

Those who will extended NBA careers, will never be satisfied, as if they never fulfilled a dream. Only upon reflection, do the successful recognize their achievements.

So, best of luck tonight!

Enjoy your dreams while they last.
  



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