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Without Attitude, Aptitude Ain’t Much

Without Attitude, Aptitude Ain’t Much

by Frank Roche on August 12, 2008

in Culture

I’m hoping that the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team — the “Redeem Team” — loses in the Olympics.

Yeah, I’m an American, and I cheer mightily those athletes who toil in dark hours to practice archery, or fencing, or swimming. They work hard for years with very little chance of a big payoff. Meanwhile, the U.S. put disaffected NBA players on a team that couldn’t care less about the history of the Olympics, who they represent, or what it all means. They’re in it for themselves. And for that, I hope they lose. Bigtime. It happened in Athens, and it can happen here. Which leads me to a thought about attitude and aptitude.

Sure, a person can have all the “skills” in the world. Might be able to stuff a basketball; might be able to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. But if a person is only in it for himself, I say drop him faster than the speed of light. Without attitude, aptitude ain’t much.

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