Where you set your bar matters a lot
You are the sum of you 5 closest friends
When I played basketball with my friends, I'd always win. It's because they played only friendly games. When I played with college players, I got better so much faster
It's not about the friends. It's about the bar.
It actually didn't really matter who I was friends with. It's about where my standards were set.
The bar was at the college level
I was pushed and I improved so much faster. It was the frame of mind. I couldn't be lazy about my shots. I had to move just a bit faster.
And then I met a few pros
The bar shifted again. Again, my friends stayed the same. But this once again elevated how I had to play and think.
Every step of the way, the biggest switch was mental
There were many skills to be developed, but the playing field and the way I thought about things significantly shifted.
The way I thought about it made all the difference
You are only as good as where you set your bar
My adjustment to the statement: "You are as good as the average of your 5 closest friends"