“You don’t get out of life, what you want. You get out of life who you are.” – Eric Thomas
Finally, a globally successful athlete publicly stands on his core values in the face of adversity. The CEO of Steph Curry’s main sponsor, Under Armour publicly supported someone that didn’t align with his personal set of standards. Curry announced his fearlessness to leave that sponsor if they couldn’t bridge the gap.
As of this post, Steph Curry hasn’t made a decision on his next move, but many people think he’ll never leave millions of dollars Under Armour pays him.
I believe this is what separates Curry from the rest.
I believe he would ditch the short term cash for the long term character test.
Most can’t fathom departing from a contract that would pay them more money than they could possibly spend. The reason for this disbelief, unfortunately, is the lack of true character living – making difficult decisions that’ll take away from their immediate success.
The “get yours at all cost” mentality runs rampant in our society.
Character takes a back seat to greed. Non negotiable standards pause in the face of monetary success.
I applaud Steph for not hiding behind his politically correct counterparts who are too afraid to stand up for what they believe.
The most important lesson we can all learn:
- Steph Curry didn’t reach the pinnacle of his craft because he spent countless hours in the gym honing his skills.
- He didn’t defy his naysayers with his sacrifice.
- He wasn’t handed the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award because he never quit.
Number 30 made it to the top, not because of what he did, but instead, because of who he IS. His consistent, disciplined, non negotiable actions were a result of the level of character he measured himself by.
When I heard about Curry’s stance on ESPN radio, I immediately pulled my car to the side and made THIS VIDEO.
I challenge you to stop focusing on all of your to-do’s and shift your mindset to who you want to become.
What will it take to transform into that person?
What foundational changes will you need to make within your list of priorities?
Do you have the courage to stand strong on your belief system, while adversity attempts to strike you down?
On the other side of your character test, is your greatness.
Until next time, live with purpose!