We all worry to one extent or another about our futures. Are we getting closer to, or farther away from what we need to have a great life? Sometimes it is hard to tell. And it is especially hard when things suddenly change. That has happened to me more than once. For example, when I left law practice in Philadelphia to come to Estonia for a year (that was back in 1994 and apparently the year isn’t over yet). And when I walked away from the professional legal training center that I had helped create.
Those situations can be rather disorienting. It is less so if you have a core skill that you know you can use no matter what. That might be anything — but it has to be something that you do really well and that others need. This is really important and because it is so important, I find it a bit odd that among all of the self-help and productivity enhancement writing on the web, I don’t find much chit chat about it.
What do I mean? Well, I bumped into an interesting article yesterday about Amare Stoudemire. Amare plays for the New York Knicks and is a star. But the Knicks traded for another star - Carmelo Anthony, and the trade forced Stoudemire out of his game. He could no longer thrive on pick and rolls. And his play last year suffered. He no longer had a core skill set to offer his team. So this summer Stoudemire is learning a new core skill - scoring from the low post. Great idea.
But actually, the story is less about Stoudemire than his teacher - one of the great centers of all time,. Hakeem knows low post moves like the back of his hand. It is his core skill and he teaches it to a select few great players.
Since retiring in 2002, Olajuwon has become the N.B.A.’s go-to source for players hoping to develop their post skills. LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant have visited the Olajuwon ranch. So have Marcin Gortat and the Lopez twins, Brook and Robin. This month, it’s Stoudemire and Denver’s Javale McGee.
Very cool. Olajuwon may be retired but he still a “go to” kind of guy. So what is your core skill?
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