Novem­ber 2015
Wel­come to Slam Dunk Tips! My newslet­ter designed to help you, and your busi­ness, be more suc­cess­ful. I share my pas­sion to help lead­ers lead and teams to succeed.
Speak­ing Calendar

To engage me to speak to your orga­ni­za­tion, or to hear me speak at an upcom­ing event on the cal­en­dar below, con­tact my team at wecare@7ft4.com.

mark eaton


Nov 19, 2015 Thun­der Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dec 4, 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah

Dec 10, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia
Dec 18, 2015 Den­ver, Colorado

It has been my expe­ri­ence that there are cer­tain sit­u­a­tions which require us to per­se­vere even though the cur­rent out­look appears bleak. When I was recruit­ed to UCLA from Cypress Junior Col­lege, I thought I had “made it”. The road from there to the NBA was going to be smooth and filled with play­ing time. Boy was I mis­tak­en. As the sea­son began, I once again found myself sit­ting at the end of the bench. Dis­cour­aged and frus­trat­ed I called my junior col­lege coach, Tom Lubin, for direc­tion. He told me to con­tin­ue lift­ing, run­ning, shoot­ing, and work­ing on my agili­ty drills. He explained that if I wasn’t going play in the games, I’d have to make the prac­tices my games. Doing that extra work was what it was going to take to earn a try­out with an NBA team.
I lis­tened to my coach and I ful­ly com­mit­ted to doing every­thing he’d out­lined. While most play­ers spent an hour prac­tic­ing each day, I was out there 6 hours a day shoot­ing, run­ning and hit­ting the weight room. I made dai­ly goals for prac­tice, which ranged from shoot­ing 300 shots a day to get­ting 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots dur­ing a 10 minute scrim­mage. I didn’t let my cur­rent sit­u­a­tion deter me from my long-term goal of becom­ing an NBA play­er. I com­mit­ted myself, pre­cise­ly fol­lowed the advice of my coach, and earned an oppor­tu­ni­ty to try-out with an NBA team.
That try-out led to a 12 year NBA career with the Utah Jazz. I became an All-Star. I suc­ceed­ed because I uti­lized those lessons learned ear­ly in my career. Each sea­son I knew I had to per­se­vere and com­mit to main­tain and improve. These same lessons have served me suc­cess­ful­ly in busi­ness for over 20 years. They will help you. Per­se­vere. Com­mit. Succeed.
Action Step

As YOUR coach, I per­son­al­ly chal­lenge you to set dai­ly goals for the next 2 weeks. Think about your posi­tion. How can you improve regard­less of your sit­u­a­tion? Com­mit to your­self. Com­mit to me. What would make YOU feel bet­ter about your performance?

We appre­ci­ate hav­ing you on our team! If you know of a com­pa­ny look­ing for an out­stand­ing speak­er to present at their upcom­ing meet­ing or event, please con­tact us or share our info at 435–565-1585 or wecare@7ft4.com.


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