Some of us are working so hard for our dreams. Every single day is a hustle. You think of that day as if it will happen the next day. You prepare. You sometimes rehearse what you will say. The image in your head speaks of joy and celebration.
Then, the dream of your life comes alive. You cannot explain the movements of the butterflies in your stomach. Suddenly, all the rehearse speeches is coming to your head again.
And then a blow of reality. It is not what you think it should be. No fanfare. It is as if no one really cares.
This is Goga Bitadze. He was chosen as the No. 18 overall pick in the NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.
On one of the biggest moments of his life, all the media attention was from the number one pick, on the other side of the table.
When the biggest day of your life and this happens, do not feel invalidated. Remember, it is just the beginning of your dream.
According to the Kevin Pritchard (GM of Pacers), he was thrilled with the Bitadze selection: “He felt this was the most prepared player the Pacers have drafted and was far ahead of what the college players would be.”
“He should frame this pic … look at it every day and grind!” wrote Draymond Green, who was a second-round pick but is a three-time champion, three-time All-star and Defensive Player of the Year. “Use it as fuel,” added Dwyane Wade.
Continue to persevere and do what needs to be done.
Fanfare. Media attention. These are not the goal. The goal is to bear the fruit of what you have worked hard for.
It will be easy for those who do not know you to invalidate you. But those who are closest to you knows how much effort you poured for this dream to happen. Celebrate with them.
Don’t let the noise of others drown the moment of your celebration. Know your worth.
Listen to those who matter. Continue to do what matters.
What creates an impact is not the fanfare and media attention, impact is in the actual work that you do.
Sources: https://www.foxsports.com/indiana/story/pacers-select-big-man-goga-bitadze-in-the-nba-draft-062019 Bleacher Report NBA Draft 2019: Everything you need to know ahead of Zion Williamson’s crowning momentSources: https://www.foxsports.com/indiana/story/pacers-select-big-man-goga-bitadze-in-the-nba-draft-062019 Photo by William Bayreuther on Unsplash