Player Highlight: Jahmani Swanson

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He is 4 ft. and 5 in. tall. He is better than many NBA players! Jahmani believes one day he will dunk! Many with his stature may completely write off any possibility of greatness. Not Jahmani. He embodies what we stand for in the Wake up and win culture. There are no excuses in his work ethic. There is no slump in his attitude. Many of the top NBA players agree that he is truly talented like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.  If you take a look at some of the criticism that he receives in the comment section of his viral videos then you will see how people simply point out the obvious.” He would get blocked all day”, “Lets see how he is on the regular not his highlights then we can judge him”, “He is too short”.

Even though many detractors will point these items out; there is something noticeable about Jahmani and that is his attitude towards the game. Some may see it as egotistical, but his approach is necessary to compete at a high level ! There is another clear trait about Jahmani that comes out in his videos. That is his work ethic. The guy knows how to dribble, can shoot from 3 land, and he can cross guys up! It is really exciting to watch. He didn’t accidentally stumble on these talents, he worked for them. The effort you put into anything always comes out in the final product, and you can tell Jahmani put in the effort.

What if some of the guys who have the natural gifts that Jahmani doesn’t have such as height, trained as hard as he does? This question is what a lot of the young people need to ask themselves. Sometimes we waste our talents by being lazy or too afraid of criticism. This can be said for anyone starting a business, going to school, or any other endeavor. So maybe we can all learn from Jahmani’s attitude and do the best we can with what we have!


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