Day 13 of the ’30 Ways To Play With Your Imposter Syndrome’ Challenge.
Now, you might have noticed a lack of sports stories in these emails.
It’s mainly because I don’t follow sports.
Today’s story is about basketball superstar LeBron James.
I don’t know much about basketball.
And now I feel if I accidentally say something dumb, it’ll instantly expose me as a sports idiot.
(Is there a special term for ‘sports idiot’? Like how non-magical people are ‘muggles’?)
Here we go!
Don’t be afraid to lose your title. It’s about what you do to earn it. Not whether you have it.
“James scored 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Lakers’ last-gasp 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
But the 33-year-old is well aware of his short comings with missed free throws the biggest issue in his game.
The Hawks led 106-105 with 20 seconds remaining when James was fouled.
With the game in his hands, James missed both free throws.
Luckily, he made up for it with a decisive dunk.”
“Despite the win, it was the missed free throws James was stuck on.
“I suck from the free throw line right now.
“I’ll get my rhythm back but I’ll thank (Kuzma) for giving me another opportunity — giving us another opportunity.””
I love this way of thinking.
LeBron James acknowledged his free throw was terrible ‘right now’, and instead of wallowing, immediately looked towards fixing that.
He seems focused on what to work on next.
I have no idea whether LeBron James has imposter syndrome or not.
For some reason the front page quotes – or implies – LeBron as saying “I’m garbage”.
But the article doesn’t have that quote at all.
In any case, even if the clickbait is true…
And even if LeBron thinks less of himself…
His attitude of self-improvement applies either way.
Wikipedia mentions some people claim LeBron is the “greatest player of all time”.
But whether or not LeBron’s free throw failures made him doubt himself as one of the greatest basketball players in the world…
… and even if it somehow made him feel like a fraud for the title…
… that doesn’t stop his focus and journey of self-improvement along the way.
Speaking of titles: Even after I got a degree in piano… I didn’t really like to call myself a ‘pianist’.
I didn’t feel important or skilled enough for the title.
The identity felt too heavy. Too presumptuous.
I would usually call myself ‘someone who plays the piano’.
It’s almost like splitting hairs.
But I could be neurotic like that.
To me, it was like the difference between a ‘Japanese speaker’…
… and being some schmuck who just TRIES to speak Japanese.
(I have been that schmuck.)
Over the years, I feel more and more comfortable with the title of ‘pianist’.
And when I make musical mistakes these days…
… I don’t think of whether I’m fraudulently calling myself a ‘pianist’, or even a ‘musician’.
I don’t waste my time wondering whether I’m fit for the title.
Instead I acknowledge my failure, and then figure out how to improve.
I focus on the activities the title represents. Not the title itself.
The next time you don’t feel good enough to call yourself something…
… whether an ‘expert’, or whatever job title of whatever industry you’re in…
… perhaps try to forget about the title for a moment.
And whether you deserve it.
Instead, focus on the *activities* your title represents.
And work from there.
I believe in ya.
Lucus “did I get away with talking about sport today?” Allerton
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Taken 2018-11-12 at 11.55.15 pm