🧭The Power of Sacrifice & Steph Curry's Jumpshot

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Here’s where we’re headed today:

  • Napoleon Hill on sacrifice

  • The power of sacrifice for motivation

  • Steph Curry’s sacrifice for his jump shot

  • Inspiring video from Tom Bilyeu with quotes from Kobe Bryant and others

Napoleon Hill’s Thought on Sacrifice

"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."

- Napoleon Hill

The Power of Sacrifice Towards Motivation

In a world where instant gratification and quick fixes are highly sought after, the concept of sacrifice often takes a back seat. However, true success and fulfillment in life come not without a price. Sacrifice is the key that unlocks the door to achieving our goals and realizing our dreams.

Unfortunately, many individuals fail to ask themselves a crucial question: What am I willing to pay for this?

  1. Prioritizing Goals: Sacrifice requires you to evaluate your aspirations and determine what truly matters to you. By identifying your core objectives, you can make informed decisions about where to allocate your time, energy, and resources.

  2. Building Resilience: Sacrifice is not easy, it demands discipline, commitment, and perseverance. The challenges and hardships you encounter along the way serve as valuable lessons, strengthening your character and resilience.

  3. Achieving Personal Growth: Sacrifice is not merely about giving up something; it is about investing in yourself. The process of sacrificing teaches you about self-discipline, patience, and determination. As you push beyond your comfort zones and make sacrifices to achieve your goals, you develop a stronger sense of self and grow as individuals.

Sacrifice is a fundamental aspect for achieving your dreams and aspirations. By being self-aware and asking the question, "What am I willing to pay for this?" you gain clarity and make conscious choices. Sacrifice prioritizes your goals, builds resilience, and fosters personal growth.

Steph Curry’s Sacrifice for his Jump Shot

Stephen Curry will be remembered as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. But that might not have happened if he hadn’t made a drastic change at age 16.

When he was growing up, his shot wasn’t the pure-looking beauty it is today, and at 16, his father made him redo his shot. During Curry’s sophomore year, he shot the ball from his hip, which made it too easy to block and wouldn’t be sustainable as he played against bigger, stronger players. So after his sophomore year, his father Dell Curry forced his son to make the risky change of changing his jump shot. Steph would now shoot his jumper by bringing the ball over his head.

Steph Curry called it, “The most frustrating summer for me.” He said, “I really couldn’t shoot outside the paint for the first three weeks.” He would show up to camps and games during the summer and his most valuable skill had been taken away from him.

His brother Seth Curry said that he would see Steph crying because it was so difficult. His father Dell Curry said, “He took hundreds of shots every day on the court outside. He missed so often that he began to hate shooting. It was a brutal summer that made him miserable. He almost quit basketball altogether.”

It took him about 90 days, but he finally started to get the hang of his new shot. His muscles started to form in his arms, and he finally pushed through. Now he is one of the best shooters of all-time, shooting a 42.8 3-pt percentage in his career and a 47.5 FG percentage!

Takeaway 1: To get where you want to go, you have to be self-aware and understand what it takes to get there.

As one of the best shooters of his age, Curry could have refused to change his shot and played the way he was playing. Instead, Curry adapted and adopted a new shot that he had to get used to.

Takeaway 2: You don’t see the work that someone goes through to get where they are, you just see the end result.

We see Stephen Curry making shots today, but we didn’t see the pain that he had to go through in the driveway. We didn’t see his pain of not being able to shoot outside 3 feet. Success is often created out of doing the work when no one is watching.

Inspiring Video from Tom Bilyeu

Quick, inspiring 3 minute video from Tom Bilyeu with quotes from Randy Pausch, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kobe Bryant.


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