How Strong is Your Want To?
In my opinion, the #1 factor that determines whether a player or coach or any other human being will be successful is their grit.
Another way to describe grit is “want to.”
I have met and worked with plenty of players that have the potential to be phenomenal players.
But they don’t “want to.”
It has nothing to do with ability or talent.
It has to do with their desire and commitment to excellence.
During the off-season…
There are times they don’t “want to” hit the weight room.
There are times they don’t “want to” make 500 game shots from game spots at game speed.
There are times they don’t “want to” watch film.
When they play…
There are times they don’t “want to” box out.
There are times they don’t “want to” make the extra pass.
There are times they don’t “want to” play defense.
They only do those things when they feel like it. When it’s convenient.
Need a formula?
Talent X “Want To” = Potential for Success
Your talent is defined as your natural gifts… primarily your height and overall athleticism. While you can certainly make improvement through proper training, these characteristics are for the most part uncontrollable. Not everyone can move like Russell Westbrook.
Your “want to” is your desire… primarily your grit, effort, enthusiasm, heart, competitiveness, and ability to be coached. These characteristics are 100% controllable.
To predict someone’s potential for success, in this case, on the basketball court, simply rate their talent and rate their “want to” on a scale of 1 to 10. Then multiply the two numbers for a maximum score of 100.
The best players in the world… guys like Curry, LeBron and KD have a high talent rating and a high “want to” rating. These guys’ scores are right around 100.
Players who are looked at as underachievers (“wastes of talent”) are players that have a high talent rating and a low “want to” rating. The only thing holding them back is themselves.
Players who are looked at as overachievers may not have been born with tremendous talent… but have a “want to” that is palpable. These players are already maximizing and making the most of their talent.
Thanks for reading, time to get back in the gym.