“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses” – Abraham Lincoln
When I got to Michigan State I had no clue how I fit into the overall program. I didn’t know whether I would be a full time practice player or have any other sort of role. For a long time I tried to play like and do the same things that a lot of my more talent teammates did. What I failed to realize was that by me trying to play like everyone else I was actually hurting the team and not adding any value.
Fortunately, I had one of Coach Izzo’s old coach’s Steve Kirk come to practice and after he watched a few minutes he pulled me aside. He told me that I could start to help the time by changing the way I was trying to play and focusing more on doing the things that no one else was doing. That would give me an opportunity to add value and earn some playing time.
Seeking out an outside perspective to look at what you’re doing and help you find the gaps of opportunity is one of the best ways to help your team and puts you in a position to make an impact in ways you may have never thought of.