02, 2012

Make it Happen

Posted by hoops in Uncategorized,, May 02, 2012 - 07:40 am


One of my favorite quotes by Michael Jordan reads: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”.

Growing up I was a big New York Knicks fan. As a Knicks fan in the 90’s the team you probably hated the most was the Chicago Bulls and of course the legendary, greatest of all time Michael Jordan. Those Bulls teams broke so many hearts during that decade. I bring this up because I hated Michael Jordan so much as a Knicks fan but loved the guy as a competitor, hard worker, and a person that lead by example. Whenever Michael put his mind to something, he got it done. It was amazing watching this man as a kid. Even though I hated the Bulls I wanted to be like Mike. I read a book when I was in 8th grade on Jordan’s life and it really changed my perspective and my road to being successful in life and on the basketball court.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it to would happen, others make it happen”, was a quote by Michael that stuck in my mind every time I walked into a basketball gym, park, or classroom. Some people get lucky with great resources, excellent athletic and educational abilities, but how do those who are less fortunate “make it happen”. I can say I was less fortunate, so I tell you from my experience that Michael is 100% percent correct. Whatever I choose to do in life I had to “make it happen”. I came across a lot of players and professionals that dream, and wished about making it happen but the ones that go into every situation in life with the idea of working hard, staying focus, believing in role models, and never giving up are the ones that usually get it done.

I tell this story because as a successful high school and college student athlete I believe anyone can be successful if they put in the time and work. Working on your game every day and night is the key to one day becoming an All-State Basketball player. I believe playing in games and working on your game should be at equilibrium (50/50). I remember those 3 hours of playing and working on my game after school then studying my homework for another 3 hours every day to stay at the top of my class. I remember as a sophomore going to one of John Celestand’s (All-State Basketball Co-Founder) high school games. John being one of the best players in the state, I saw this as an opportunity to watch his moves, attitude, and decision making on the court and had to go home and work on those moves religiously because I wanted to be that good. I wanted it to happen, I wished it to happen, but put in the hard work every day to make sure it happen.
At All-State Basketball we are looking to push and teach your child the principles of discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship it takes to “make it happen”.

Mars Mellish
All-State Basketball Co-Founder