How Tall is a Basketball Goal?

One of my all-time favorite basketball movies is Hoosiers. If you have not seen the movie, it is about a small Indiana high school basketball team that makes it to the state championship, a feat no other small school had done before.


The best scene is when the team arrives at the site of the championship game. The boys are looking overwhelmed at the sheer enormity of the arena. To get the boys attention, the coach pulls out a tape measure and has the team measure the height of the basketball rim.


They measure ten feet.


Then he has them measure the foul line, fifteen feet.


The team seems perplexed by this exercise, until the coach says, “I think you will find these are the same measurements back at our gym.”


The coach wanted the team to realize that no matter the size of the place or the distractions they face, the game of basketball is still played on the same sized court. No matter where they are, it’s still basketball.


This got me thinking about business.


Often, we get distracted by the environment around us or the different people we are dealing with. In the end, good, sound leadership principles will always apply.


Next time you are struggling with what to do in a new environment or a new project, remember that a basketball goal is ten feet high no matter where you are.


Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.


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