Thursday, June 28, 2007

NBA Draft

As I sit and watch the NBA draft I think about these young kids getting drafted.

And lets face it, that's exactly what they are; YOUNG KIDS.

I keep hearing that they are 18, 19, maybe 20 years old. Then I think about the fact that I am 27. At the age of 27 I am in my 2nd post-college job, make decent money, but am by no means rich, and still long for the day that I can truly control my own destiny. By that I mean wake up every single day excited about what I am doing, and not ever think, "I can't wait until Friday".
This is not saying I don't like my job or am not happy with what I'm doing. It just says that I realize I have a ways to go before I'm in a position where my expertise is valued more than my hard work, potential, and time spent getting the job done at the office.

Back to the draft and these lucky kids.

I don't want to take anything away from them. They are hard working, motivated, and talented people. They have done the right things so far in their lives. High School Phenoms. College stand-outs. But lets be serious, these kids are also winners of the genetic lottery. No matter how good of a jump-shot I developed, no matter how well I memorized every play in the handbook, I am not six-foot-ten, I'm still not lightening quick, and I still can't jump over the empire state building. Even though John Stockton might disagree, I just wasn't born to play in the NBA.

These kids are lucky. The don't have to worry about finding their place in this world. They know who they are. They are NBA basketball players who will live charmed lives, make more than enough money, and never have to think about posting their resume on Monster or Careerbuilder.com. They will get attention wherever they go. They will get stuff for free even though they could have afforded 100 of them.

And what do they have to do? Play basketball!

Yeah, there will be pressures to perform to their potential. They will be in the public eye and have to deal with the media pressures. However, I don't feel sorry for them. They are being given the opportunity to play basketball for an insanely good living. In the business world they would have to be a CEO of fortune 500 company to make the same income, and they can potentially make more in endorsements.

And when they retire, they will be eligible for Dancing With the Stars. Now that I'm am NOT jealous of.

1 comment:

louisgray said...

You better not be posting your resume anywhere either! We don't need you to be 6' 4" even.