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Being a professional, is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them


Andrew

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Larry

Let's go with some hoops today. Mr. Keller, being a professional, Julius Erving once said, is doing the things you love to do. On the days you don't feel like doing them. Little wisdom from Dr. James self. I know that you love this quote, I know it.


Andrew

I actually don't I find, I think what he's, I mean, I get I love the sentiment that he's having. But it's doing the things you love. On the days you don't feel like doing I'm like, eating a piece of cake. I don't feel like eating a piece of cake when you're doing anyway. I mean, I think he's talking about work or hard like working out or, but I think a lot of what work is and the things that you love. Like is the icing on the cake. Being a professional basketball player is shooting 503 pointers after practice. I don't think anyone loves doing that. I don't think so. I mean, Kobe Bryant was famous for getting in the gym before everyone and staying after everyone. And I don't think that's what he loved. I think he loved playing in front of the fans. And so I don't necessarily agree with what he's saying.


Larry

I'll just do a little minor pushback there. I would think Steph Curry loves shooting three pointers after if you watch him do his workouts, I kind of see this joy in him. And I kind of think he actually loves doing it. But I mean, I think the idea isn't a bigger than what you're in matters what you're doing when nobody's watching you. Is that the kind of the bigger picture of this?


Andrew

Yeah, I mean, I guess it's it's doing the right thing and doing all of the stick with the cake analogy to create all of the cake and not worry about icing. Like, let's say a more digestible example would be a doctor, I don't think a doctor got into medical practice by filling out charts. And being a professional is filling out the charts. And that's just part of the job. And the cool part of it, or the part is, for some people may be interacting with patients, it's maybe making people feel better. But I mean, even this show, I I'd never like doing the back end. I'm sure you don't like doing the back end. But the fun is when the mics Come on. And that's I don't know what point I'm making. I'm just trying to disagree with Dr. J.


Larry

No, I you know, you're so true. I mean, does anybody have a job where they love every single aspect of it, like for instance, your I always use as engineer, you're good engineer, right? And you are really good at your job and move up the ranks being an engineer. Eventually, if you're good enough, they make you a manager, and then you're managing people, you're not an engineer anymore. And so are you supposed to love that part of being a boss and not an engineer,


Andrew

that exact example is my brother, he loves doing the math, and he's been good at it. He's a, he's an aerospace engineer. And he's moved up. And he's managing now. And I don't think he likes managing the people, but he loves the math. So maybe a being a professional is doing the things daily to allow you to continue to do what you love. It's not doing the things you love on the days you don't want to do. And he's probably talking about taking the extra free throws after practice or going to the weight room. Like a professional weightlifter probably loves lifting weights, and they love competing. But being a basketball player, you don't want to necessarily be in the weight room.


Larry

And you and you know we kind of coming back to this basketball thing. You see a lot of times like basketball players don't like doing interviews. But I mean, part of the thing about being a basketball star is you got to put yourself out and market yourself and do that all the time.


Andrew

Yeah, I mean, the first thing that came to mind was Bill Belichick. We're on Cincinnati, like he doesn't like being in it. Yeah. So I guess just do the things that that are required to allow you to be able to bask in what you love is,


Larry

I mean, is he trying to say though, do the things you hate to do? On the days you don't feel like doing them?


Andrew

I think I mean, I think that makes more sense to me. And I would get more behind that. Because on the days that you're feeling good, it's easy to be like, Hey, I'm going to go do a workout. I'm going to go finish my paperwork filing, I'm going to go have a difficult conversation. For the days you don't want to you procrastinate it so I think he's saying don't procrastinate. The things that you hate doing.


Larry

I'd like to read it this way. Being a human being means doing the things you don't like to do on the days you don't feel like doing them. And I say that because we talk about this all the time. Who likes to work out? Right? What is that part of being, as a human being doing things you don't like to do? That kind of pushes you and gives you perseverance to do things for the longer term that might benefit you.


Andrew

It's kind of like the, I don't know, it's gamification, but, but like changing your mindset, like I saying, I like to work out because I know it's gonna make me feel better. I don't think anyone likes the process of the first couple minutes of a run, your body hurts, and you're like, stop. But if you can kind of say, Hey, this is for a greater good, you realize the bigger picture of it, it helps you do it a lot more. So like cleaning up your house, you can focus on other aspects of your life. Just get it getting it out of the way.


Larry

Yeah, and I like that idea. Once again, it's about the long game, not the short game, doing things on a repetitive basis, like you had to do every day. But in the long term, you'll see the benefit, maybe not necessarily in the short term.


Andrew

Yeah. And that's why I am so opposed to cyber loafing, because you're not doing the things you should be doing because that's just putting it's putting off the inevitable so don't put off the inevitable be a professional.


Larry

Let me just say every time you say cyber loaf, it's like there's a warm loaf of bread baking in my heart.


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