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Practicing To Fail: Duke’s Tre Jones, A Missed Free Throw And One Of The Best Business Lessons You’ll Ever Learn

Practicing To Fail: Duke’s Tre Jones, A Missed Free Throw And One Of The Best Business Lessons You’ll Ever Learn

If you follow college basketball, you know the near-mythical rivalry that is Duke-North Carolina. Over the last 100 games between these two teams coming into their matchup over the weekend, each school had won 50 and they scored the exact same number of points. Those freaky statistics make clear this isn’t a gimme type of series—each team brings its best whenever the game is played.

That being said, I wasn’t expecting much from this game: it’s been a brutal season in Chapel Hill, with the Tar Heels sitting at 10-12 overall and 3-8 in the ACC at tipoff. Duke, on the other hand, came in ranked seventh in the nation and hadn’t been out of the top 10 all season. A blowout seemed to be in order.

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Stay In The Game: Patrick Mahomes Delivers A Super Bowl Victory Because He Didn’t Give In

Stay In The Game: Patrick Mahomes Delivers A Super Bowl Victory Because He Didn’t Give In

The past 48 hours have brought a lot of Patrick Mahomes news. As the second-year quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs delivered that city’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years a thrilling 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers, he’s been on quite a roll.

That’s a lot of dreams coming true over a couple of days in the life of a 24-year-old.

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Keep Shooting Your Shot: A Kobe Bryant Memory And A Lesson In Greatness

Keep Shooting Your Shot: A Kobe Bryant Memory And A Lesson In Greatness

I was getting ready to go to Tampa yesterday when my phone started buzzing. I ignored it for a while in order to get my shirts packed the way I like them, but the thing just kept buzzing. And buzzing. And buzzing.

Finally, I picked it up. Several different people had texted, all saying similar things.

Kobe.

Did you hear?

Oh my God. Kobe.

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A Piece Of Greatness: LSU’s Joe Burrow Delivers A Championship Moment After Delivering A College Football Title

A Piece Of Greatness: LSU’s Joe Burrow Delivers A Championship Moment After Delivering A College Football Title

Like nearly 26 million other people, I sat down on my couch Monday night to take in the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the LSU and Clemson. What I witnessed was quarterback Joe Burrow putting on one of the clearest displays of Greatness I’ve ever seen.

And it happened after the game was over.

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Even In His Absence, Tom Brady Reveals The Secret To Greatness That You Might Be Missing

Even In His Absence, Tom Brady Reveals The Secret To Greatness That You Might Be Missing

After 20 seasons, six Super Bowl rings, scores of NFL quarterbacking records, and an ever-increasing grip on the title of GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), you’d think Tom Brady might enter his offseason with a bit of introspection. With all his accomplishments, now might be the time to consider what’s next, given how he’s conquered his profession in ways that few have.

So after the Patriots first-round exit from the NFL playoffs, what does Brady do?

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The Eye Of The Beholder: What Your Business Should Learn from Drew Brees, Lamar Jackson, And Joe Burrow

The Eye Of The Beholder: What Your Business Should Learn from Drew Brees, Lamar Jackson, And Joe Burrow

Last week, I read a fascinating article on the art of observation which detailed the story of a seminar in Germany where forty people in an auditorium witnessed a staged event—part of a scientific study—and then submitted staggeringly different accounts of the event only minutes later.

Of the forty people, only one person turned in an account that had fewer than 20 percent errors. Twenty-five people had more than 40 percent errors, and more than 20 accounts included details that never happened during the event. In short, the people in that room proved miserable at being observant.

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