I have been a NY Knicks fan for almost 40 years.
1 week from today I turn 44. I began watching the Knicks in 1980, 39 years ago.
This franchise has suffered through mostly losing seasons save a stretch in the 90’s when the Knicks were an elite team in the NBA, just missing out on an NBA championship.
The Knicks traded away their franchise player recently, shipping Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas along with a handful of other players.
We learned a few valuable blogging lessons from the trade.
Most People React Emotionally and Few Think Calmly and Clearly
Most Knicks fans and NBA followers reacted wildly to the trade, allowing fear to cloud their judgment, few calmly thinking through the shrewdness of the deal.
People reacted without thinking, slamming the Knicks for trading a franchise type player for a solid young guard. But the franchise player suffered a huge injury and he is only 23 years old, plus, KP is injury prone. Plus the trade freed up $73 million to pursue 2 elite free agents this year, those being superstars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Plus the Knicks picked up one of the best centers in the world, in Deandre Jordan.
Most bloggers blog from a wild emotion of fear, desperately chasing money, reacting with greed and terror at their metrics, missing both the big picture and the truth. Slow down. Calm down. See clearly. Stand out from the herd.
Growth Involves Seizing Opportunities that Fear-Filled People Deem Risky
Most NBA fans feel the Knicks took a huge risk in trading a great young player for a shot at 2 superstars. But most fans, and humans, live a fear-filled, sheltered life. Every elite NBA team like the Warriors, Raptors and Celtics took huge risks to become elite teams. Golden State drafted 2 dark horse, not too athletic, non superstar type players in the lottery, named Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, a while back. Both became perhaps the 2 best shooters in the history of the NBA, and led the Warriors to multiple titles. Big risk at the time but the franchise seized opportunities, took a chance and became elite.
Bloggers; most people will say you are taking a big risk by blogging, by investing time and money in your venture, but the only risk you genuinely take is NOT seizing the opportunity. Humans tend to live in their comfort zone to minimize risk. Bloggers who live their dreams leave their comfort zone, seizing opportunities for growth.
Release Losing Ventures
KP complained about not wanting to play for the Knicks for a while. He met with team brass and explicitly shared how he did not want to be on the team during a 5 minute meeting. Knicks management saw the relationship dissolve and released on the losing venture, trading the star who lacked the desire, vision and commitment to be part of the team.
I created Blogging From Paradise after trashing 3400 blog posts, a blog and an entire brand. I had to release a losing venture to make room for a winning venture. This idea applies to:
- income streams
or any person, or thing, you have outgrown. Let go the worn out to make room for the next stage of your growth.
On the tails of the last lesson, the team always comes first. Porzingis ceased being a team player so he had to go. No exceptions to this rule because anybody holding a negative energy in a certain setting begins to sabotage the franchise, as we have seen in pro sports, in many cases.
Blogging team mates come first, too, in the form of friendships you build. Let go anybody with negative energy, who rocks the boat, to make room for heart-centered bloggers like Chris Deewaard, Contemporary VA and Passport Symphony. Keep the team aka your friend network free of negative influences to see greater success.