The Makings of a Champion

I am fascinated by people who excel above others-- those who are extraordinary, the very best of the best.  I wonder what these people do to stand-out, what their secrets are.  

After watching game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, I know that there is no secret. It's all very clear.

What does it take to become a champion?

1.  You must practice more intensely than anyone else. (Like Dirk making himself shoot something like 50 consecutive free throw shots before ending practice.)

2.  You must persevere, always.  (Like attempting 27 shots in a game when you started out 1 for 12, to end up with 21 points.)

3.  You can't ever lose site of your goal (What about keeping a picture of the championship trophy in your locker?  Or in the case of Jason Terry, tattooed on your arm?)

4.  Heart trumps talent any day.  (Miami wanted it.  The Mavs wanted it more.  The rest is NBA history.) 

Congratulations, Dallas!  You will go down in the basketball annals as true Champions!