I Owe You!

Everyone’s been talking about the U.S.’s credit rating spiraling from an AAA to an AA rating. Stocks have slipped; People are fearful. But what does going from an AAA credit rating to an AA rating really mean?

Well, I’ve come up with my own personal answers:

Going from AAA to AA is like going from driving a lamborghini to driving a BMW.

It’s like going from living in your own house to living in a townhouse.

It’s like going from being the Principal to being the Vice Principal.

It’s like being downgraded from bff to facebook friend.

It’s like scoring second place, from now on.

It’s like going from being totally reliable to usually reliable.

Let’s put it this way—I was about to invest in some new stock last week, but held off because of the new rating.

It means you’re going to lose money because you’re not trusted as much, and that sucks.

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!