What’s the biggest lesson you learned from basketball?
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
This is the lesson I learned from my current favorite player, Kevin Durant. Some just have the natural talent to be good at basketball – or any sport, hobby, and just about anything quantifiable. In the NBA, everybody has talent but some have greater talent than others. I saw younger players grow and eventually surpass a superstar. I learned through basketball that the difference between being good and great is whether or not you develop those talents through hard work. Just like in life, we have an innate skill to be good in what we do. However, we sometimes lack the dedication and effort to enhance our skills, leading to our downfall. I try to avoid that. I don’t get intimidated by what others have already accomplished, because I know that if you just give me time, I can catch up or even be better.
What’s your favorite basketball team? What’s the impact of that team in your life?
I have two. I’m a huge Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) fan for many reasons and a huge Green Archers (UAAP) fan for one – because I studied in DLSU.
As a huge hoops fan, I’m emotionally invested in these teams. This means I passionately watch every game, keep track of news, and cheer them on social media.
Although I know my life won’t change if these teams win the championship or not, I still consider my support for them very impactful in my life. For one, I get to bond with people who are also fans of these teams,and share my experiences with them the whole year round. I get excited with every crucial game and fantastic highlight, relieving my stress for the whole day. And oh, having my teams win it all is the best high I’ve ever felt.
Who’s your favorite player? What’s the biggest lesson you learned from following him?
Michael Jordan, G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)
As a kid, who wouldn’t be amazed by his high flying acrobatics and jaw-dropping talent on the floor? Plus, he even teamed up with the Looney Toons.
Not meeting expectations, falling too short, being considered average – I’ve experienced them all. Whenever I hear success stories, Michael Jordan’s is one of my favourites. It’s hard to believe that the greatest of all time has gone through a lot of failures. He once said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life… and that is why I succeed.” When I was younger, it was difficult for me to accept failure. Now, I consider it as part of the process to achieve success.
Dan Mendiola has been a basketball fan for eighteen years and counting.