Observing certain breakthroughs of sports teams can teach you a lot about life. This past weekend, The Cleveland Cavaliers took down the mighty Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It’s a classic plot line of the underdog rising to success against all odds. When you’re down 3-1 in a series against a record breaking defending champion, how can you not feel doubt facing them
AND their fans?
Cleveland fans suffered through half a century without a world championship for any of their top sports franchises. Their football team left them, came back, and now struggle. They had Lebron James, lost him, got him back, and failed to get the job done last year.
They’ve been smacked in the mouth with defeat countless times.
Their fans have been abused. Their sports teams become a punch-line for jokes. This comes with the process. Now their city is home to the Champions of the NBA.
I’m not an avid basketball follower. I follow football mostly (SD Chargers diehard fan…still waiting for the magical day San Diego wins a major sports championship), and I can only imagine what the Cleveland fans feel like in the aftermath of the NBA Finals. Their fans have waited for a championship for half a century and now they got it. It’s one championship trophy they can hold high. What makes the accomplishment even sweeter is the fact that the team did it against all odds.
Now I’ll tell you what will happen…you’ll start to get a bunch of bandwagon fans that will “suddenly” become fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There’ll be fans who have stuck with the team through thick and thin, and there’ll be fans who only join during the good times.
If the Cavaliers enter a time period when they become horrible again, these bandwagon fans will disappear. They’re not loyal.
Those fans weren’t part of the process. They didn’t stay with the team when they ranked at the bottom of the league.
Loyalty is everything.
You’ll get people who have always thought the Cavaliers were good. People only see the finished product instead of all of the rough drafts, failed attempts, melt-downs, and missed opportunities.
It sounds silly using this as a sports analogy, but you simply can’t let failure stop you from your progress. Everything good in the world wasn’t always like that.
- Abraham Lincoln suffered a mental breakdown and failed past elections before serving as the 16th President of the United States
- Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team on the first try
- Muhammad Alli was bullied and beaten up as a kid
- Walt Disney was fired from several publishing companies because they believed he “lacked imagination”
- The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records because they believed their music was unoriginal.
People will look at the championship titles and “over-night” success stories with awe. Most of them won’t understand how many failures they had to go through to get themselves to that point. They won’t understand the process.
-The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered four years of holding the worst record in basketball before rising to recent success.
-When an artist works on a painting, they don’t create a masterpiece on their first try. They go through plenty of sketches, rough drafts, and drawings before they apply the finishing touch.
-People don’t suddenly graduate college with a job on a silver platter for them. They have to work hard in High School first, face rejections from their dream schools, go through College, adjust to the workload, and then bolster up their resume over the years before that happens.
Failures are part of the process. I didn’t magically get accepted to NYU, I had to struggle in some classes, and get rejected by other colleges on my list before anything like that happened.
Hats off to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m jealous of what their fans are feeling like. All of my favorite teams (Padres, Lakers, Chargers) aren’t doing well right now. Now San Diego moves up on the (top?) of the list of cities without a championship.