The Difference Between Good and Great

What separates the GREAT from the rest of the pack, is the huge amount of REAL knowledge and experience that allows them to know HOW to do things.

The Difference Between Good and Great

Are There Really 5-10 Steps to Greatness?

When we seek out information, we naturally want to know what to do.

We ask questions like, “What should I do to get better?” “Can you give me some advice?” “Please give me a drill for that!” and so on.

We are used to being told WHAT to do.

In school, we have a teacher that has all the answers. There is a test and your answer is either wrong or right.

We have parents that told us since our childhood to do this or that and to not do the other.

Videos like “5 easy steps to become an NBA player” or “3 moves to destroy your defender” are usually the ones that people like the most.

Some of these are often good, but remember, it’s never just these 3 or 5 things. There is no easy formula someone can tell you on how to be successful.

There are no 10 easy steps to success. These steps are unlimited, and they are constantly changing, so you have to adjust quickly.

“Everyone looks for the “key” to Winning, like you can carry it in your pocket and pop it into a lock. There is no key; it’s a combination vault of infinite numbers and infinite outcomes[…]” Tim S. Grover
Basketball player dunking Nürnberg Barber zweite Bundesliga

What separates leaders from the rest of the pack... the huge amount of real knowledge and experience that allows them to know HOW to do things.

That’s why the captain of the team is usually the most experienced player.

This knowledge is rarely thought to you by somebody else.

It comes from the thousands of unseen hours, all the failures and successes, and your willingness to not be satisfied with where you are.

The way to knowing HOW to do things is harder and takes way more time. However, if there is only one thing that can sum up what makes the greats great, I think it’s this.

Examples of knowing what to do:

  • Traditional drills
  • A fixed plan (no adjustments)
  • “Nonnegotiables”
  • Following someone else’s morning routine and hoping that it works for you
  • Ball handling moves

Examples of knowing how to do:

  • The ability to adjust the plan when necessary
  • Being able to adapt to circumstances
  • Knowing what works specifically for you
  • Ball handling set-ups/counters - ability to READ AND REACT
  • Frameworks you work with
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers


Knowing WHAT to do can be great at the beginning stages. However, if you want to maximize your potential, you have to know HOW to get things done.

Why? Because each one of us has different circumstances to work with.

While knowing WHAT to do might apply to you partly, knowing HOW to do unleashes your whole potential because now you have the whole arsenal to work with.

If you want to get real results, figure out the HOW. This is also why I always encourage you to master the information you learned in one article and then move on to another.

What now?

So how do we do it? How do we figure out how to get things done and get to places? The only answer I can give you is to try things out and get educated.

Not just educated through YouTube videos (even though they can play a massive role too if selected properly) but self-educated, through your own experience.

Yes, it’s less comfortable than just asking others WHAT to do and following their advice, and yes it takes more time. However, you’ll be blown away when you see the results you actually can get through this.

You only get what you pay for.

Then, at the end of the day, you’ll be proud that you had the guts to come up with your own answers and make them work for you.

Key Points

  • There are no 3 or 5 easy steps to success. The amount of steps is unlimited, and these steps are constantly changing.
  • To figure out what works for you specifically and unleash your whole potential, you need to figure out the HOW.
  • You better come up with your own answers.

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