For those that don’t know, Kevin Durant (KD) was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday, May 6.
Kevin Durant is a well-liked figure both on and off the basketball court, and his acceptance speech of his MVP Award definitely shows why. His words and authenticity are perfect examples of what it is to maintain the “Mind.Set.Go. Mentality”.
The video is 26 minutes long, so I decided to simply highlight some of the things KD says that really stood out…..
1. “First off, I would like to thank God for changing my life, and letting me really realize what life is all about. Basketball is just a platform in order for me to inspire people, and I realize that.” (45 Seconds in)
-The power and practice of prayer and having the faith that God will give us all a platform to inspire others is something we should all look to realize. We all have different platforms and ways to inspire others. Whether its 1 person or 50,000 people, we should look to realize the platform that God has given us.
2. “It’s just a surreal feeling, and I had so much help. So many people who believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. So many people doubted me, and motivated me every single day to be who I am. I fell so many times and got back up. I’ve been through the toughest times with my family, but I’m still standing.” (1:45)
-This is one of my favorite statements made by KD. Here he is, accepting an individual award, yet he is thanking each person for their help. It just goes to show that whatever you choose to do in life, it can not be done alone. Stay away from putting yourself on an island, and be sure to thank everyone who has been there for you. Look around, be grateful, and remain humble. Even when we stumble and fall, remember to get back up and stand tall with each person who helped along the way.
3. Durant speaking of Derek Fisher, a 39 year old veteran with 5 NBA Titles under his belt:
“He always wants to learn, even though he has done so much in this league and has played with so many great players, he always wants to learn. That motivated me to know that it’s never a point that you can stop getting better, and he’s a guy that made me realize that.” (4:00)
-Life is all about learning and growing. It becomes difficult to grow, when we make it difficult to learn. Always be a student, no matter who you are or what you may have accomplished in life. There is always room to improve. Always remember this, and always be a student.
4. Durant when speaking of one of his teammates that left an encouraging note in his locker, “When you got people behind you, you can do whatever.” (7:45)
-This simple statement touches on the true meaning of a team. You only limit yourself when you try to do something alone. When people are behind you, just as Durant says, you can literally do whatever. The mind of a Team is much more powerful than the mind of one individual….Remember that.
5. “This city, (Oklahoma City) all they want us to be is ourselves. You love us how we are. We are all a work in progress as men, and you still love us, and I thank you so much for embracing us.” (20:10)
-Here, Durant thanks the fans of OKC. Without the fans, without those supporting the team, the MVP award would take on much less meaning. The fans are the ones who Durant and his teammates get to inspire. The fans are the ones who motivate them day in and day out, and the fans are just as much a part of the picture as any other member of the team. Remember to thank your fans in life, whoever they may be.
6. “When speaking of his brother Tony….”You taught me to feel confidence in myself, to believe in myself, that I can do it when I didn’t think I could do it.” (21:25)
-Durant speaks of how he has learned from both his teammates and his family. Reflect back and think what you have learned from those closest to you. Remember, there is always more to be learned. Who have you learned from? What did you learn?
7. Durant speaking of his Mother. “When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here, and you wake me up in the summertime and make me run up the hill, make me do push-ups, screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at 8 or 9 years old. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe, you kept us off the street, put clothes on our back, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You are the real MVP.” (24:00)
-With Mother’s Day this weekend, I want to piggy back of Durant and say Thank You to not only my mom, but every other mother out there who has sacrificed for their children. We may be a pain in the ass at times, but Moms are awesome. You ladies truly are the MVP. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and thank you again for all that you do.
To sum it all up…..
1. Thank God.
2. Thank those around you. Be Grateful. Remain Humble.
3. Always be a Student.
4. Be part of a Team.
5. Remember your Fans, whoever they may be.
6. Remember those you have learned from.
7. Have a Safe and Happy Mother’s Day.
Thank you all for taking the time to give this a read. Have a great weekend, and be careful on the road.
Think Positive. Be a MVP.
Think positive. Live Positive.