Sports and Business have so many parallels as, is illustrated by many quotes in an article written up about Game 4 of the NBA Finals, between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’s a storied rivalry that drives the players in it to Perform – there is Pressure in both cities to WIN it all, especially against the other city’s team. Lakers Vs. Celtics = NBA :: this is what it’s all about really – as these two teams have the most Championships, and the most Appearances in the Finals – meanwhile, the Celtics have a 9-2 Record all time against the Lakers … which in a way, almost makes it a pretty One Sided Rivalry – adding even More Pressure to the Situation.

One of the star players for the Lakers, Lamar Odom, has created a reputation – over time – from habits formed that he’s now very use to; of Not stepping up when really, Really needed. As this article discusses, he’d rather Defer to other’s on the team, than Be All he’s capable of Being.

It’s one of the most frustrating things about Lamar : who is talented enough to basically BE Lebron James – yet…. he’s just Lamar Odom.

In Business, so many Talented people on a Team don’t step up and be MORE of what they could be, because … there are other talented people on the team too, and they’d rather just allow them to do all of the work, all the heavy lifting.

What makes Great companies great, is when they have the rare fortune of assembling a group of Talented people who All strive to be the VERY BEST They can be, in all situations, as often as they can :: When you get a ‘culture’ of people who Push and Strive for it – who Make things happen – who never give up — people who possess the spirit of Winners.

This is what many Laker fans of come to LOVE about Kobe Bryant; Clearly talented and yet, continues to push harder – to be even better – never satisfied – always improving; This motivates so many others with less talent to work Harder, and the results are, they contribute to the Winning their Teams do – in spite of not being, Kobe Bryant — one of the recent names that come to mind a fine example of this – Derrick Fisher : Who already had work ethic which got him drafted; but who’s commitment to continue striving towards excellent has put him in a position to knock down BIG – timely shots for the Lakers, helping in a big way in at least 4 Championships to this day.

“This is Lamar Odom in full. The personality that happily allows him to defer to others and at times makes him the ultimate third or fourth option is the same one that prevents him from assuming the pressure of stepping into an expanded set of responsibilities.

He’s always had the talent to be one of the elite players in the game. He just never had the desire to take the job.” – Dan Wetzel

I recently was shown an AWESOME video on Teamwork that illustrates all of the qualities that need to be in place for a Team to be successful :: If you admire the Airforce, and the men and women who Serve our Country, you will greatly Enjoy this Video.

It takes All of it.

Not Some of it….

Which is what many people Do in Business. I know first hand – I work with them all the time; and ya know, at some point I was like that as well :: we all are generally when we are NEW to this – and we don’t want to Step up and DO presentations for people. I didn’t have that problem though; I was willing to Present; Willing to Train ::: but I wasn’t always willing to go out and DO!

That’s big right?

If you want to make leader money, you gotta do more than teach it; you gotta do more than talk it – You’ve got to Walk it.

Lamar has Talent? Yea right … Show us.

That’s what the Laker fan has to say …….. That’s what your neighbor has to say when you share your Business :: and they don’t believe YOU will make any money in it; Why? They know you ………..

They know you quit everything you’ve ever started.

They know you’ve Never read a book about making MONEY in your life; and you don’t know if those ‘people’ with CEO’s Unlimited know what they are talking about … or Not.

And You’re not coming to Training, you’re not “practicing” – Or you show up but rarely take notes; don’t really pay attention, learn, or Change anything about your approach :: and you’re still saying WAY too much to people who now judge YOU instead of your OPPORTUNITY.

You’ve got to be Part of the Team.

In Business, in Network Marketing, you do not Represent You.

You Represent your Team….

You represent your Company – So you gotta do it Right; you gotta do it the way the Team has decided it needs to be Done; it’s not your Show – your time to be an Individual; Talent always rises to the Top.

You’ve got Talent? Yea right …. Show us.

Be ALL that you can be, while being PART of the Team – It’s not one or the other; It’s ALL of it :: it’s BOTH up to Lamar to Put it on his Shoulders, AND Up to the Team to put it on theirs too.

EVERYBODY has to do ALL of IT!

If you are to Win in Sports… Just like if you are to Win in Business – YOU need to WIN – as a TEAM.