Start Living Leading – Life Is About the Right Now

Where can leaders find opportunity for real influence, and see real change take place?

Many leaders spend their lives longing for the 'next thing' ... the achievement, success, recognition, or fulfillment that lies just around the corner. If we're not careful, we can lose sight of life in the here-and-now.

Kyle Korver, guard for the Atlanta Hawks, talks about this shift from longing to living.
I've seen what the world has offered, right? That's what you get when you play in the NBA, and you have any kind of success. Like you see what's out there, you see what's available, and at the end of the day, you see how hollow it is. And you know, a new car, it keeps you happy for a little while. It's a pretty empty life if all you get is basketball at the end. And I only get to be a basketball for a few more years regardless, there's a lot more life to live. And I want it to matter, and I've always felt like my life is really going to start when basketball is done. I was playing a game right now, and I try to play it well.

I've ridden a roller coaster before, you know the highs and the lows, and the thing with basketball is you have a game every other day, and you lose, and you win, and you play well, and you don't, and you miss, and you make it. You know it's a... if you ride that roller coaster, you ride the praise, and the criticism of every game, and every shot. It just wears you out, man you get tired. And I've been tired, and I've been tired many times.

So you focus on the things that give you life, and what kind of springs you forward I guess, and that's relationships, and that's authentic genuine people. And after a while it's like I don't want to waste my time like putting on the face, and going through the motions. It's not fulfilling, and so you just gravitate towards things that are real.

We all have influence over somebody, whether it's brother, sister, friend or neighbor. We all do, it goes back to like simple done well, we all want to grow our business, and grow our churches, and then we'll have a real influence. But real influence happens on a day-to-day basis, and you're rubbing shoulders and sweating it out, crying it out, and talking it out. That's influence. The ripples of that small relationship, that shoulder rubbing that happens everyday, that's when real change happens. You know like there are big visions, and there are big messages, but it's in the day-to-day action that real change happens.

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyle started his professional career when he was originally selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (51st pick) of the 2003 NB...

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