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I Just Need One Thing From You: Your “A” Game.

by Parin Patel

In one of the NBA's most memorable moments, Michael Jordan takes the ball at the top of the key, moving past Byron Scott with the ball in his right hand, taking off for the basket intending to dunk. The Lakers' Sam Perkins came over to try to contest the shot, but Jordan switched the ball into his left hand while in midair and gently flipped it in off the glass.

In one of the NBA’s most memorable moments, Michael Jordan takes the ball at the top of the key, moving past Byron Scott with the ball in his right hand, taking off for the basket intending to dunk. The Lakers’ Sam Perkins came over to try to contest the shot, but Jordan switched the ball into his left hand while in midair and gently flipped it in off the glass.

This message from ET is one we all need to really let sink in:

He said, “Mr. Thomas, I just need one thing from you.”
I said, “Yes sir.”

“Your ‘A’ Game.”

And I said, “My what?”
He said, “Your ‘A’ Game.”

I said,
“I’m sorry. I understand.
You come from privilege.
So you got like maybe an A, a B and a C game.

Maybe your mom country club, I don’t know.
Your father owns a company, I don’t know.
But where you come from, you got A, B and C.
I get it.”

I said,
“Listen to me very closely.
I don’t know if you read my bio,
but I told you my momma had me when she was 17.
I ain’t meet my old dude until I was 30.

My father,
right now,
is 66 years old still trying to get his GED.

I don’t know if you know who I am,
but when I get on YouTube,
and I tell these kids they can do it,
they watching me every Monday!

I got schools in the D;
they start their school on Monday morning watching me!

They ain’t got a daddy!
Their daddy in jail!
They don’t have a brother!
Their brother’s in jail!

They all I got!
You don’t understand!

My son’s at Michigan State and I paid for it cash!
My daughter wants to go to Harvard!

You don’t get it!
My sister just had a baby and she ain’t making no money!

‘A’ Game??!
All I got is an ‘A’ Game!
I ain’t got a ‘B’ game!
I ain’t got a ‘C’ game!

When I finish,
people are relying on me!”
– Eric Thomas, “A” GAME? ET speaks to an NFL team about going all in!

I think too many of us, too often, consciously (or subconsciously) allow ourselves, to not bring our “A” Game.

Even though we say we do, we really don’t. Instead, we may bring our B, or B++, game, but we don’t bring our “A” Game.

Why?

Is it laziness?
A lack of appreciation for the gifts we have?
Taking the opportunities we have for granted?

Or is it fear?
Fear of failure?
Fear of rejection?
Fear of the unknown?
Fear of social pressure?

Or maybe a combination of all of the above?

I’m not sure exactly why.

All I know, is that if we look at all the greats in the world – the Martin Luther King’s, the Mother Teresa’s, the Michael Jordan’s, the Serena Williams’ – we can see that they all clearly understood that it’s either “A” Game, or nothing.

All I know, is that if we consider that all we really have is this one chance – this one life – to really do what we want to do, and what we’ve been called to do; then why would we even consider showing up, in each and every moment, with anything less than our absolute best; anything less than our “A” Game?

ET is living proof of how bringing your “A” Game in each, and every moment, can dramatically change not only your life, but also your family’s life.

So if you’re not at the level you want to be at, seriously ask yourself how you’re showing up in each, and every moment, of every single day.

Here’s ET’s powerful “A” Game video in case you missed it, along with some more quote excerpts.

Some of y’all,
when you get on the field,
you forgot!

You forgot what it was like,
when you was hustling in high school playing ball!
When you in college, hustling to get to this point!

And now you here,
and you think you here,
’cause they got six, seven kind of meats for you over there.

Yeah I saw y’all,
they got six different kinds of meats over there.
– Eric Thomas, “A” GAME? ET speaks to an NFL team about going all in!

I’m like,
“Oooo, you ain’t grinding no more.”
It ain’t that you ain’t got it.

You remember the time,
and be honest with me,
high school maybe? College?

You remember when you was like 100%?
You was giving everything,
every play,
every down!

Before they had a card with your name on it?
Before you had the jersey?

You remember that?
Before you got to this level, you was at that level?

You was all right;
and that’s what makes ET, ET!

I ain’t smart!
It took me 12 years to get a 4 year degree.
My book is a best seller,
and I failed English 3 times in college!

But the difference between me and most people is,
you might be sweeter than me,
you might be bigger than,
you might grind;
listen to me,
I don’t know,
you might have money,
I don’t know where you come from,
but you will not out work me!

Every single time!

I’m not in here speaking like I’m getting paid 20.
Listen to me; I’m in here like I’m getting 30!

This is an opportunity of a lifetime!
And I’m gonna take advantage of it!
– Eric Thomas, “A” GAME? ET speaks to an NFL team about going all in!

So y’all gotta do me a favor.

From now on,
when you do what you do,
I don’t care if you practicing,
I don’t care if you playing yourself on a video game.

You heard what I said.

You put in 120% every time,
or you don’t put in nothing because,
listen to me very closely,
today this opportunity you have,
it might not be here next year,
it might not be here the year after next,
it might be here the year after that.

This is the only moment you got
and you better take advantage of this particular moment.
– Eric Thomas, “A” GAME? ET speaks to an NFL team about going all in!

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