I’m from Chicago, but one thing I like about Golden State is watching their players win championships AND become great investors. The ownership group and environment in San Francisco promotes it from behind the scenes. At game, the family and friends lounge is filled with VCs! I see some professional sports franchises with terrible ownership, management and coaches, and despite great talent, they can’t seem to win. Likewise, I see smart, ambitious, high net worth folks- athletes and entertainers with mediocre to below average business/financial teams around them and they are struggling to win on the investment side. A lot of them don’t even know. Sometimes you outgrow your team and have to upgrade. If you aren’t working for/with an organization that promotes winning on AND off the court you have to build a strong team outside of them. ⠀⠀
Proverbs 27:17 “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If your team isn’t making you smarter or building you, then perhaps that’s the reason you aren’t progressing. I see this all the time with athletes. These guys are the modern athletes – not the old school ones. They want to become business owners, investors, learn and dominate off the court. A lot of them still have teams that keep them in a box. Make sure you align your team with your vision wherever you are. Take inventory of your production AND the people around you. That’s some of the best advice-I got it in church but apply it in business and relationships all the time.
If you are growing professionally, transitioning and evolving, make sure the people around you are also doing that. Or, make sure they’re smarter than you personally and professionally. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still be friends or associates, but if you’re playing to win, learn from the successful people that came before you, and look at their teams vs your team. Look at the best organization you worked for compared to the worst.
For example right now all of you should be: 1) prepared for this 2) knowledgeable about what’s going on 3) talking 1-2 times per week 4) getting intros to GOATs in other industries to learn. I see some folks doing this daily.