Here’s a nice short piece on the Thunder’s young GM, Sam Presti, who is off to a terrific start in Oklahoma City …
Page 2: My Idol with Sam Presti
It’s a long list that Presti will tell you extends beyond the sports realm. But on the playing fields, Presti most admired Bill Russell, Bill Walsh and Cal Ripken — a trio he says helped quench his thirst for knowledge and quell his hunger to better himself.
It was Russell’s sense of team and trailblazing courage, Ripken’s toughness and preparation and Walsh’s innovation, commitment to philosophy and teaching and managerial skills that set them apart. And all displayed the consistency Presti adores.
They all are different in some ways. But I think they all demonstrate a fortitude and a belief in process that was seen throughout their playing or coaching careers. The focus was always on doing the work, controlling what you can control and allowing the outcome to be predicated on the job you do every day.
My interest is more grounded in their approach to the craft. Their preparation, their willingness to invest deeply into something they have a passion for and their focus on working at that every day and allowing the results to take form as a result of their preparation and their focus.
I’m always looking to learn and looking to gain knowledge from people that have been successful. And their stories are stories that I thought were worthy of studying and trying to learn as much about as I can.
… expressing some of the most important factors at the root of success for high-achievers everywhere:
1. The love of, and commitment to, life-long learning.
2. The prioritization of Teamwork and outstanding character.
3. The fundamental roles of Toughness, Preparation, Innovation and Passion.
Know and understand these … and you, too, will be well on your way to achieving the truly worthwhile your goals in your life.