My Utah Jazz lost tonight It pains me greatly to write this blog entry. Its like getting my finger nails ripped off one by one, or maybe hosting with Godaddy – whichever is worse.
In the second round of the NBA playoffs 16 of the last 18 games were won by the home team. Teams fight all year long to get home court advantage. It is an undeniable fact that home court makes a huge difference. The Utah Jazz went 37-4 at home (The best in the NBA), and 17-24 away.
What I don’t understand is why? I really don’t. My personality completely rejects the notion that I need to have someone cheering for me to do better. I go to most of the Jazz games and I certainly can tell that when the crowd gets into a game that the Jazz play WAY better. When I play a sport or am in some kind of competitive situation I CRAVE opposition. I do well when someone is cheering or wants me to play well, but I do better when someone says I can’t do something.
In business or in sports the FIRST thing I want is to be underrated, to have someone believe that I can’t achieve some goal, and to root against me. I LOVE IT! I feed off of the negative energy. There is nothing better than to crush someone’s expectations that you will do poorly. When I am left alone I tend to be mediocre at sports or business interests, but tell me you’ll be beat at something and I will try 10x harder. Make me mad enough and I WILL win!
My desire to win comes from within. It isn’t given me by a “crowd”. All great players are motivated, but the outstanding players are those that thrive in a hostile environment. They learn to use both positive and negative energy to win no matter the circumstances standing in their way. They will find a way to win!
Do you need the home court advantage? I don’t and never will…
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