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How Will You Handle Your Celebrity?

Updated: Jul 6

How Will You Handle Your Celebrity?

Imagine being Stephen Curry, a four-time NBA Champion, two time NBA Most Valuable Player, a ten-time NBA All-Star, and holder of numerous NBA league records? How would you handle walking into a pick-up game in a gym full of amateurs?

It recently happened in Folsom, CA:

". . . it wasn’t only Curry’s viral shots and elite ballhandling that left the gym buzzing. He impressed in another sense, according to those who were there. They noted how Curry introduced himself to each player and shook their hands. He asked for their names and told them not to be nervous.

"'Guys were trying to give him the ball so he could do all the scoring and he was telling them, like, ‘No, we play team basketball. We’re not gonna play like that,’ Roseborough said. 'He was actually setting up other guys to score. 𝙃𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚.'

"After a series of eight or nine games — largely dominated by Curry and Bazemore, Kirkland said — the two took photos with the other players and the kids Kirkland invited to watch, including Brogan’s sons.

"'He just made everybody around the building feel good,' Roseborough said. '𝙃𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚, 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝.'" [emphasis mine]

You may not think of yourself this way, but you are no different than Steph Curry. Each of us has some sort of power dynamic in our lives vis-à-vis some other group of people. It may be not be a celebrity-based dynamic, but because of your position, experience, standing in business, in the community, or some other group, you are standing on a figurative pedastal others have put you on.

The question is what you decide to do with that position. Enhance your own prestige? Or make it about others, offer value, and act with generosity?

(Here's a link to the original article on 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘵𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤 (paywall))

Image Credit: Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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