By Geoff De Weaver, CEO + Founder, Touchpoint Entertainment Inc.
As you know if you have been reading my articles, met me in person, heard me speak or been in meetings with me – I am always looking for new ways to get a competitive edge, focus harder, work more intensely, have a greater presence, be more passionate, and bring my boldest self to the party every day. Gaining that elusive competitive advantage is the ‘holy grail’ of leadership, success, achievement and winning.
Over this past year I have observed, one person who has constantly stepped up, constantly improved and, as a result, has incrementally achieved an extraordinary rate of success.
Stephen consistently achieves his goals with his mastery, physiology, psychology, passion and desire. He is probably the most dynamic and ‘complete’ professional athlete in the world today.
That athlete is Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors.
He is ‘Mr Consistency’ and devoted to hard work and preparation, constant improvement, his fantastic attitude and by taking massive action coupled with a huge dash of ‘luck’. Importantly, this ongoing consistency is the key to his stunning abilities and in maintaining his and his team’s, momentum.
Here’s why Stephen Curry is EXTRAORDINARY:
- Stephen Curry has an outstanding ability to believe in himself and his potential. He has a ‘no surrender’ and ‘take no prisoners’ attitude. He is the personification of hard works, dedication, life learning, preparation and positivity. In fact, Stephen has absolute ‘certainty’ and is constantly looking to learn, grow and improve. In fact, his true power and belief is, ‘If he can imagine it, he can make it.’ (That applies to his shooting, his defense, his life, his relationships and health PLUS… future success)
- Like many elite business people and athletes, Stephen Curry has developed simple, constant and hugely powerful habits and rituals that consistently build, enhance and strengthen his craft and mind. Importantly, he focuses on key fundamentals every day to master the most important skills and weapons he has at his disposal. Every game day he has consistently honed his own ‘ritual’ to fully utilize his immense skills. He’s how:
- At least five minutes of ball handling, just get warm, getting his hands used to the ball on game day.
- Then, he jumps into his shot repertoire by shooting some ‘flip shots’ and runners, just to work on his touch. During practices, it is not uncommon for him to spend hours just shooting in his daily sessions. The essence of Curry’s offensive game is perhaps best exemplified by his precision three-point shots. They are not only outstanding but they are totally consistent.
- Then he works around the arc in five spots as well as catch-and-shoot, off-the-dribble and then shooting threes. (Stephen is constantly improving and dedicated.)
- Stephen Curry does the ‘exact’ same routine before every game, for approximately 15 minutes he aims to make approximately 30 to 31 3-pointers and about 80 to 90 2-pointers of various types, at different spots, using either hand for the close-in shots. (Stephen is like clockwork!)
- His hand-eye coordination is incredible and the intensive ongoing routine over the past decade shifts his own standards consistently by the smallest of margins BUT, that shift has made him the best in the NBA.
- Stephen even religiously trains in the off-season and every summer. He especially concentrates on his lower body and core strength to handle the beating of an 82-game schedule – that’s the discipline and passion that makes him an unstoppable force in the NBA today.
- His ‘neurocognitive efficiency’ or his ability to able to survey what’s going on the court, and have the muscle memory and ability to make certain moves, has been a primary focus with the assistance of his trainer, Brandon Payne. Stephen anticipates, makes reads, makes decisions without having to think about where the ball is and being able to make those decisions quickly. That’s MASTERY.
Routines are important in achieving success. I learned this via legendary Adman, David Ogilvy when I worked at O&M, he stated:
‘Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.’
I’ll bet Stephen Curry’s coach said the same thing, as Stephen has become The Golden State Warriors scoring leader because of his strict regime, addiction to training, consistent improvement and dedication. His ‘give all’ attitude also motivates his teammates to excellence. Consequently he has stepped up in 2016 from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Outstanding’.
- Stephen sets the standards at the Warriors. His commitment to excellence has probably inspired his team mates to have higher expectation and forced them to strive for higher standards too. I also think he’s inspired other NBA teams to raise their standards, thinking, skills and develop a ‘MUST DO’ attitude if they are to compete against the formidable Warriors! But, with Stephen leading from the front, he transformed the Warriors to a perfectly balanced and perfect chemistry team that lifts all role players, coaching and management too. .
Legendary football star, Walter Payton (Sweetness) also had this to say about the importance of ‘ROUTINES’:
ROUTINES, HABITS and SUCCESS are mutually connected and people with higher expectations, higher standards, desire to grow, have absolute certainty, pride and peak performance daily. It’s the hard yards, sweat, work and consistency that will lift your standards and give you that competitive advantage.
- Curry consistently lifts his team’s standards and transforms the team and club by setting the highest standards each and every game today. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala and other Warriors have all accelerated from ‘good’ players in the NBA to a team of ‘excellent’ players who are more determined, passionate, courageous and have higher standards than any point in their careers prior. They have faith and play as a team.
Importantly, Stephen Curry’s ‘peer’ group/ teammates have been motivated by his total commitment, relentless hustle and passion and his psychology to ‘give all’ and show up every game. He has forged an amazing courageous and nothing is impossible attitude.
In fact, as I am writing this article, The Golden State continues to ‘own’ their home court, with 50 straight home game wins. Stephen Curry has been the catalyst for the Warriors yet again! Curry needed just 28 minutes to record his 34 points. It was the 6th time this season he’s scored 30 points in 30 minutes or less, which is the most in a single-season since such games were first tracked in 1951-52 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That’s not only FOCUSED it’s EPIC.
- Stephen has brought his ‘flock’ together (his teammates) and as research shows consistently, you become the combined average of the five people you are hanging out with daily and in your immediate peer set. So, as Stephen is the most outstanding player in the NBA today, his teammates have all stepped up and been taken to the next level.
- Stephen sets and extraordinary standard for both his MIND and his EMOTIONS. Curry started to learn about the power and control of his mind early in his career. From his high school days he had to deal with the immense pressure of being Dell Curry’s son, an NBA elite player. He grew up in Charlotte, NC, the heartland of ACC country. e.g. Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, etc. So, despite being small with an almost frail frame, having average athleticism, he played at point guard. BUT, even then, he never stopped improving, stepping up, raising his standards, having faith and an unstoppable will to do his best.
It should also be noted, Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a critical part of Stephen Curry’s dominance and influence as well as he has effortlessly created the perfect environment for Stephen. His teammates and ‘peers’ have unilaterally raised their standards, thinking, skills under Stephen’s transformative leadership. The expectations Stephen has set himself have also set the standard for the whole environment at Oracle Center in Oakland, California.(Greater San Francisco too!)
- He isn’t a ball-hog like Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, each often taking as many as 30 plus shots a game. Stephen gets basketball and winning teams are a team sport and he is also a playmaker, unlike Michael Jordan. Stephen is outstanding like: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were in their eras too. (Note: I have NOT added: LeBron James to this list intentionally because the jury is still out if he call win in Cleveland)
In conclusion, one of the great lessons from watching Stephen is how to manage your state of mind each and every day while surrounding yourself with: achievers, visionaries, experts and outstanding people.
Be smart, make great choices, be consistent and always SHOW UP. So my message today is stay passionate, step up and lift your standards each and every day just like Stephen Curry!
Don’t let your peer group pull you down or bring you down. Set yourself higher expectations and improve the trajectory of your life. And, if you have any limiting beliefs whispering in your head – get rid of them and replace with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY.
Win the day and consistently lift your standards daily and I hope you are better tomorrow than you were today!
Stay passionate and raise your standards! Remember, it all begins with passion!
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Hailing originally from New York; Geoff De Weaver is the globally experienced entrepreneur and marketer, technology disruptor, trend hunter, transformation expert, author, keynote speaker and CEO of Touchpoint Entertainment Inc.
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