Stephen Curry… On Purpose


Stephen Curry… On Purpose

Even if you do not follow the NBA or sports in general, you have probably heard of the 2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry. If not, I suggest finding some highlights to see him in action. He is, in my opinion as well as countless other basketball junkies, the greatest shooter we have ever seen. Stephen Curry makes it look so easy and effortless that his shooting prowess appears to be a gift from the heavens. It is a gift from God! However, there are other attributes of Stephen Curry and the talent he possesses that need to be examined. Then we can understand how he has perfected his craft on purpose. By doing so, we can understand that we have the ability to do the same.

Stephen Curry works tirelessly on his game…

He practiced his shooting, since he was a child, for countless hours. This turned the young, skinny child into the sharpshooter he is today. There were no shortcuts taken. There were no breaks given. He put in work, and continued to work. In fact, he continues to work every day to improve his skills on the basketball court. His pregame dribbling workout has led to flawless execution when handling the basketball. His shooting prowess comes from countless hours in the gym taking shot after shot. He is the epitome of the cliché: practice makes perfect.

Stephen Curry has unwavering faith which drives his performance…

He was lightly regarded coming out of high school. I am sure a lot of this had to do with his slender frame that would not hold up against “superior” competition. His faith in God and the work he put in was not shaken. He played college basketball at Davidson College. Despite his growing reputation as a player, critics doubted his ability, especially when his team played larger schools. He outplayed his competition. His faith never wavered. Even before the NBA draft, critics outlined flaws that would limit his effectiveness as a pro. Once again, his faith never wavered.

Stephen Curry was pushed to improve his growing talent…

He was mentored by his father Dell Curry, who was a world-class shooter as well. Dell Curry knew what it would take to make his son great. He pushed Stephen from an early age to work on his shooting and dribbling skills in order to be the best player he could be. Stephen used this built-in support system to grow and develop as a player. He could also point to his father’s successful NBA career as a roadmap for his future. By seeing his father play, Stephen could see the possibility that his hard work could lead to a career as a professional basketball player.

So what can we learn from Stephen Curry and his journey from a young prodigy to an NBA superstar? We can learn that it takes work to achieve results. We can learn that it takes faith to achieve results. We can learn that it takes support to achieve results. It is no secret and should come as no surprise Stephen Curry used each one of these attributes to become great. By the way, you can too…

…on purpose.

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