Play for the Ring

When I was the Executive Director of my families Foundation, we hosted mentoring camps for boys and girls all across the country. Our largest camp and pinnacle project of the year was always the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, hosted the week leading to Father’s Day. With upwards of 200 boys and their mothers attending, you can imagine the level of planning it took to see the camp come to life.

Each morning before camp would commence, I would lead a staff and volunteer meeting that would set the tone for the day. One thing I use to say as we concluded those meetings was, “We play for the ring.” In my mind, we were a championship team, and I wanted us to play the best game of our lives.

Having never played sports in my youth, the only teams I was a part of were leadership teams, but the principles of winning championships are this same. Not only must you build a group of talented players, but you must also make the team spirit, define leadership and create a buy-in from everyone involved.

One of the most winning coaches in the history of basketball is Phil Jackson. Jackson has won a record number of eleven championship rings while coaching the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. In his book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Jackson states that the championship ring symbolizes the quest to find harmony, connection, and wholeness.

During one of his winning seasons with the Lakers, the team’s motto became “The Ring.” Jackson noted after their championship win; the ring wasn’t just a band of gold, it was a bond between players. It symbolized their great love for one another.

This week, I want you to examine the teammates in your life. Do you share the same common purpose and values to win? Do they put forth their best efforts and operate with excellence in their lives? Do they motivate you to become a better version of yourself? As Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” If your talent is not propelled forward by your team, you will continue to have small wins, but no championships.

Building your team is part of the championship formula. If you want success in any area of your life, be it your family or career you better make sure your team is solid. No more settling for less and no more complacency, you have the power to turn your team into a dynasty. It’s is your time and your winning season. Get your ring.

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