“I expect more from myself than anyone else could possibly imagine”
Julius Erving, the great and wondrous “Dr. J,” was the dominant basketball player of his era, an innovator who changed the way the game was played. He was a wizard with the ball, performing feats never before seen: midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks. Erving was one of the first players to make individual expression an integral part of the game, setting the style of play that would prevail in the decades to follow.
A gracious, dignified, and disciplined man, Erving was an ideal ambassador for the game. He was the epitome of class, and no player was more respected. In fact he was the first player to truly take the torch and become the spokesman for the NBA. He understood what his role was and how important it was for him to conduct himself as a representative of the league.
In his five ABA seasons, Erving won three scoring titles, three Most Valuable Player Awards and two league championships. During his 11-year NBA career Erving was an All-Star each season, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1981 and a five-time member of the All-NBA First Team. He scored 30,026 points in his combined ABA and NBA career; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan have scored more points in the history of professional basketball.
Since his retirement, Erving has forged a successful business and basketball executive career. His investments include: ownership of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia, as well as cable television stations in New York and New Jersey. And after working as an in-studio analyst for NBC during it’s coverage of the NBA since 1993, Erving joined the Orlando Magic’s front office staff as Vice President of RDV Sports and Executive Vice President of the Magic on June 4, 1997.
When asked in an interview how has he managed to stay on top for all theses years he replied, “It’s simple, I expect more from myself than anyone else could possibly imagine.”
Wow, what an amazing personal philosophy!
This theme places a strong emphasis on doing your personal best regardless of what others are doing. The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human sprit to maximise your human potential and stretch yourself to that limit.
We have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.