Pretty fly, for a white guy


No, I’m not talking about me…I’m Woody in “White men can’t jump”.  I played basketball today with the white guy from the song from Offspring called “pretty fly (for a white guy) .  I also played with Sandy Lyle, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character in “Along Came Polly” .  It don’t matter when I’m shooting lights out though…oh, and I had some guy from Compton on my team, so that kinda helped.  :)

I have a point to all this and I’ll get to it in a minute…but just read one more thing: I was just reminded by my friend who was a Division I college gymnast that he can still dunk.  He’s about 2 inches shorter than me, and about 30 pounds lighter than me, and about 10 years older than me (I don’t know if he’s that much older, but I give him crap anyway).  He was talking smack that he could take me in basketball.  Well, I told him that I played college basketball and tried out for a pro team in Russia, and still got lights out shooting from deep and that I’d probably kill him since he doesn’t have any skill other than jumping.  End of that conversation, he doesn’t want to play me.  You know why?  Because he knows his strengths and weaknesses, and I know my strengths and weaknesses.  I know that I can’t jump.  I know that I’m not super athletic.  I know that I’m not fast, quick, or that great with ball handling.  What I do know, is that I’m an awesome shooter and can be deceptively quick, using my intelligence to get a shot off against anyone.

The moral of the story is that you need to know yourself.  If you think you are 20 when you are 40 and start trying to lift a hundred pounds more than you should, or try to bend a certain way when you know you don’t, then you are going to probably hurt yourself, and at the very least embarrass yourself by looking like “the white guy”.  In business, the biggest reason people are successful is because they know themselves! They know their limitations. What they’re good at, and what they are not.  The same philosophy holds water in losing weight and any other goal you set for yourself.  If you don’t know who you are, you are blindly going at it.  You might get lucky, and lose some pounds in the short term, but in the long term, you might be setting yourself up for failure.

Don’t be the white guy, be more like Woody!