#85 Ball Don’t Lie

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I played a lot of basketball growing up. 

Many will agree, it’s the greatest sport ever created.

Thank you, Mr. Naismith.

Although I played on my high school team and in various tournaments, it was streetball that separated the men from the boys. 

No petty fouls, just temporary enemies bonded and brought together for the love of the game. 

Tensions would rise and if the opposite team called a foul during a play, it would be disputed. 

There are no referees in streetball, but we needed another system to dictate the final verdict of a call.

To the person that made the call, we’d say, “shoot for it,” and would sometimes follow up with the phrase, “ball don’t lie.”

That person had to shoot the ball. It was a free shot with all the chips on the line. 

If it misses, the opposing team gets the ball. If it makes, then the team that called the foul gets the ball and bragging rights for telling the truth. 

Truth is, no one knows the truth. Whether it was a foul or not was irrelevant.

Ball don’t lie, is putting ourselves on the line for something we believe in. 

It’s the pressure to perform and it’s precisely this type of pressure that breeds confidence.

It’s the pressure to perform and it’s precisely this type of pressure that breeds confidence.

It’s this confidence that helps us prove others wrong, but more important than that, it’s proving that we can go above our limitations and in the process, even surprise ourselves. 

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With Love,
Anand

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