Success vs Glory.. by Namiah Wilson

What is the difference between success and glory? To answer this I’d like to take a trip down memory lane. The date in question: June 21, 2012. That night three young men stood on the sideline together in defeat at the end of Game 5 of the NBA finals. However, even in that defeat the future seemed bright. And indeed it was. Each of those three young men have since gone on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award. But it seems like an urban legend to say that Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were on the same team. Three of the last 4 MVPs used to wear the same uniform. 


But in the world of basketball as they say, there is only one ball. Harden no longer wanted to take a backseat and was therefore traded. Durant and Westbrook could never truly coexist because…..reasons. And would could’ve been one of the greatest dynasties never came to be. Remember the early 2000s Lakers. Shaq and Kobe. Or was it Kobe and Shaq? Did it really matter? Obviously because if it didn’t matter they would have won more championships before Shaq was sent packing. It was the same reason he left Orlando. It’s the same reason Kyrie Irving wears a Celtics jersey after saying I don’t want to be on a team with one of the 5 best players in the world. He wanted his own team.


The six banners that hang in Chicago all say Chicago Bulls. Not one of them says Michael Jordan. The banner that hangs in Cleveland says Cavaliers instead of Lebron James and so forth and so on. That’s because basketball and most sports are team sports. You win as a team and you lose as a team. Ask Karl Malone if he would trade that MVP for a championship. Ask Tracy McGrady if he would give up some of those scoring titles for NBA titles. Remember when AI stepped over Tyrone Lue?

Which of those players walked away with an NBA title that week?


Jalen Hurts will not win the Heisman this year. It does look like he will win another national championship. He put himself in what he felt was the best position to be successful even though it meant no longer being “The Man”. 


Sports is often used as an analogy for life. Are you looking to win or are you looking to be the star? Is it more important for you to be front and center or do you want to achieve the highest level possible? Its human nature to crave attention. But it doesn’t have to be dog eat dog. There is room for everyone to be successful. All it takes is determining exactly what success is. So ask yourself: are you chasing success or are you chasing glory?