Albert Einstein, it has been said, once described his rules of work as follows…
- Out of clutter, find simplicity.
- From discord, find harmony.
- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Three simple rules. Simple yet quite profound in their application.
As an athlete, the struggle is often learning to simplify amidst that orderly-chaos that takes place in a game. For instance, point guards often struggle to advance the basketball versus pressure 1v1 often using multiple combinations of dribble moves. Instead, the most successful approach is to make ‘one move and go.’ Great ball handlers don’t find themselves caught up using a plethora of dribble moves. They learn to simplify.
Team sport, or better said, the pursuit of excellence in any endeavour is fraught with difficulty and discord. To borrow the cliché: If it was easy, anyone would do it. It’s true.
As Einstein declares in his rules of work, can you find harmony amidst the turbulent moments? Or, far greater, can you create harmony within an environment? Similarly, can you identify the opportunity within difficulty?