June 2023

The Jealousy Epidemic: Why Not Blocking For Your Friends Hinders Your Own Progress

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Basketball, players like Draymond Green excel not only because of their individual skills but also because of their dedication to getting their teammates easier shots by "blocking" for them. Through Draymond, we're able to see firsthand the usefulness of great teammates and how dedicated our energy towards the success of others on the same mission rewards us too.

This concept of blocking extends beyond the court and into our everyday lives. Surrounding ourselves with people who are willing to block for us, protect our interests, and understand our mission is crucial for personal growth and collective success.

Just as Draymond Green sets screens to create space for his teammates, we need individuals in our lives who are committed to our success. These blockers support and empower us, opening doors and creating opportunities that may have been otherwise inaccessible. They understand that by helping us achieve our goals, the entire team benefits. A good friend will not hesitate to block for you when necessary, and you'll also know you're a good friend if you feel the same about their success too.

Jealousy often rears its head as a significant barrier to blocking for our teammates.

Insecurity and the fear of someone else's success overshadowing our own can cloud our judgment and hinder our willingness to support others. However, it is crucial to realize that when we are mission-aligned and driven by a collective goal, the success of one ultimately benefits all. By embracing a mindset of abundance, celebrating the achievements of others, and recognizing that their triumphs do not diminish our own, we can break free from the chains of jealousy and wholeheartedly commit to blocking for our teammates. In this way, we create an environment where everyone's potential is unleashed, and collective success becomes the ultimate reward. Just remember, when it's your turn to shine you'll be glad you did.

In sports, help defense involves stepping in to protect a teammate from potential harm. Similarly, in life, we must surround ourselves with people who actively shield our interests. These blockers have our backs, offering guidance and support while ensuring that our journey is not hindered by negative influences or detrimental situations. They are our trusted allies, safeguarding our well-being.

Sport teaches us that victories are not achieved by individual efforts alone but by the collective strength of the team. Similarly, in life, surrounding ourselves with teammates who understand our mission and share our values is paramount. These blockers are invested in our success, fostering a team mentality that propels everyone forward. Together, we can achieve greatness.

Imagine playing basketball without any screens or help defense. It becomes more difficult to navigate through defenders and find opportunities to score. Likewise, in life, if we are surrounded by people who refuse to block for us, our progress may be hindered. We must be mindful of those who prioritize their interests over our well-being and seek out individuals and limit our exposure to them and the negative energy. It's always good to constantly assess who's bringing stress and alleviating stress in our lives.

Take a moment to reflect on the people in your life.

Are they blockers or barriers? Do they actively support your mission and protect your interests? Surrounding ourselves with individuals who are committed to our success is essential for personal and professional growth. Let go of those who hinder your progress and embrace those who are dedicated to blocking for you.

To build a team of blockers, we must be intentional about the relationships we cultivate. Seek out individuals who possess qualities such as loyalty, trustworthiness, and a genuine desire to support and uplift others. These help carry us a long way on our journey. Our resilience and ability to mitigate the down times is what brings us closer to success. Together, we can form a collective force that propels each other and it's dependent on understanding that when one person shines, the whole team benefits.

Just as in basketball, where dedicated blockers like Draymond Green dedicate themselves to getting their teammates like Steph Curry easier shots, surrounding ourselves with people who are willing to block for us is crucial for our personal and collective success. We must seek out individuals who understand our mission, protect our interests, and create opportunities for our growth. By building a team of blockers, we can navigate life's challenges with confidence, knowing that we have the support and protection we need to reach our goals.

If your teammates are blocking for you, always remember to point at them after you score and acknowledge the assist.

Issa Hall, Esq

Issa has founded multiple ventures, is an author, and founding partner of Hall & Dixon law firm, with over a decade of experience in tech and law.

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