Pro’s make things look easy


Pacers game

Sitting in the nose-bleed section of a stadium with 18,000 other people, watching my first professional basketball game (Pacers vs Nets) it occurred to me how much easier professionals make things look.

I watched three basketball games in the stadium that day; a junior high, a high school and a pro. I am not an avid basketball fan, however, our team had the opportunity to play on the big court which was a huge and exciting opportunity for our kids.

The thing that stood out to me was watching the pros…they made it look so easy!

GCS at Pacers

Our kids playing in Pacers stadium.

On the technical side I didn’t understand why it looked easier but as a professional in my own field I understood the theory; it is the same in all fields including equine.

Pros are smoother, more efficient, can see the whole picture and they have put in the time to get that way.

It was inspirational to watch our kids play on the same court the Pacers played on later that night. It was neat to watch the boys as they studied the pros and admired their talent and ability.

I hope it inspires them to prepare, to work hard, and to master the fundamentals because those attributes will help them succeed no matter what they pursue in life.

Bob Knight

Quote at basketball hall of fame

Michael Jordan quote

Michael Jordan quote


  1. Martina Braden on February 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I just wrote you the other day and said exactly those words “you make it look so easy”, so was this geared toward me? LOL I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Sometimes I am too hard on myself. I have made many strides with my horse and I keep reminding myself that. I wish I had the “no fear” attitude I had when I was younger. Now that I am in my forties for some unknown reason I get worried that something may happen and I am more cautious. I am not liking getting older.LOL

  2. Jan on February 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The first quote is especially meaningful. Of course everyone would love to win, but not everyone is prepared to win. That’s where the effort lies.

  3. kouseijl on February 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    As a dancer and musician, it was one of the first things taught to me: “Make it look effortless”. The key that every instructor drilled into me was that “effortless” didn’t come from being light on your feet, or talented, or any fancy tricks, but it came from hours and hours of getting it wrong and right and then doing it correctly over and over and over again. It came from hard work, determination, and time. Thank you for using the Jac series to show us just how to put in that hard work and time!!

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