Hustlers expect more.Hustlers expect more of themselves. They expect to perform at a higher level. They expect to produce better results. This is the natural outcome of holding themselves to a higher standard than anyone else would dare to expect from them. The hustler sets their standard high, and they are hard on themselves when they fail to meet their own standard.Non-hustlers don’t expect much of themselves. The don’t set goals, and they aren’t driven to perform at a higher level. They drift. The non-hustler is perfectly comfortable with the results they are getting now. The only standard they hold themselves to is doing passable work, not so great that it will “wow” anyone, and not so poor as to get them in any trouble.Hustlers expect more in the way of rewards. Like when a young Jack Welch was given the same pay increase as his peers after he generated way out-sized results (Jack quit, and General Electric paid him more). Hustlers know that they are right to expect more in the way of rewards when they produce greater results (Hustlers get value capture and value creation in the right order).Non-hustlers want greater rewards. But wanting greater rewards and expecting greater rewards are not the same thing. Everyone wants more, but few are willing to do what is necessary to be able to expect more. The non-hustler wants a bumper crop, but he doesn’t really expect one because he knows that he hasn’t done any planting.Hustlers expect more of others. The hustler knows that you are capable of more than you think they are. Having broken through some of their own self-limiting beliefs (something hustlers are always working on), they can help others see their own. The hustler can be demanding because she knows there is more, that there is still some gap between the status quo and true excellence.The non-hustlers doesn’t expect much. Good enough is good enough for the non-hustlers. Because non-hustlers don’t expect more from themselves, they don’t expect more from others.Expect more. Expect more from yourself. Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone would dare to expect from you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
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Wisconsin senior big man Frank Kaminsky was presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy this morning as the United States Basketball Writers Association’s top college player. He received the honor during a press conference at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Seated among the small group of reporters covering the event were Kaminsky’s teammates, and two of them decided to get in the spirit of things and ask questions. When the floor was opened up, forward Nigel Hayes took the mic, identified himself as “Badger beat writer, inter-squad team relations,” and fired away, asking Kaminsky what it really means to win the award.The Wisconsin basketball program’s Instagram account has the footage.According to For The Win’s Tanya Sichynsky, forward Sam Dekker also got into the act after Hayes. Finally, an actual Wisconsin beat writer got a turn to speak, and here’s what happened. Nigel Hayes asks the first question, Sam Dekker asks the second question. I go third, and the team boos me.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) April 3, 2015The Badgers certainly know how to keep seemingly mundane NCAA pressers entertaining, that’s for sure.
180067-15All-time great 150041-41Average You can sort the teams in several ways: by their season-ending Elo rating, by their peak rating or by their average rating throughout the season.5Peak ratings and average ratings exclude the first 20 games of each team’s season, when they reflect a substantial amount of carry-over from the prior year. A team’s composite Elo rating is a simple average of these three.For the very best teams — and I already mentioned some of Elo’s favorites, like the Jordan-era Bulls and the 1985-86 Celtics — the ratings are high across the board. The ’82-83 Sixers are another of these, ranking as the 10th-best team all-time.But in other cases, there’s a pretty big difference between peak, year-end and average ratings. The 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers achieved the 11th-highest peak rating ever (1779). But their year-end rating is a pedestrian 1690 because they coasted down the stretch and then struggled (relatively speaking) in the playoffs, getting outscored by both the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers despite winning those series. Conversely, the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons got better and better as the season went on, going 35-6 in the second half of the regular season and then 15-2 in the playoffs against opponents that included the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls.The list might seem to be biased toward relatively recent teams: Among the top 50 seasons all-time, only six from before 1980 make the list. This is mostly a consequence of there being more teams than there once were. Simply put, it’s much more impressive to be the best team in a 30-team league than in a 10-team league.But it’s also hard to say the NBA is watered down, at least right now. In fact, it’s barely expanded in recent years, adding just one franchise since 1995. That makes recent teams’ performances more impressive than those from, for example, the early 1970s, when the NBA almost doubled in size over a few seasons. When Elo ranks a team higher or lower than you might expect intuitively, it’s usually because it perceives the team’s competition to be especially strong or especially weak.Some teams, meanwhile, do their damage over the long run instead of having any one standout season. The best team from the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s ranks only 47th all-time. But the Celtics of that era were incredibly consistent, with a composite Elo rating falling somewhere between 1627 and 1704 over 11 consecutive seasons. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, have placed 13 teams in the all-time top 100 since 1994-95, but their highest-ranked individual season (2013-14) is only 12th.And what about this season’s Warriors ranking as the fourth-best team of all time? Obviously, that’s a provisional score: They may rise or fall a couple of slots depending on how the rest of the playoffs go (although they almost certainly won’t pull ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls). But even though the conventional wisdom has been skeptical about the Warriors at times, we think Elo’s case is pretty easy to defend.Here’s how it goes. As we’ve said, Elo is all about accounting for the strength of a team’s competition, and the Western Conference over the past dozen or so years has featured about the toughest basketball competition imaginable. The Warriors’ 67-15 regular-season record is as good as any other Western Conference team from this era, and their regular-season point differential (+10.2 points per game) is better than anyone else’s. If they follow that up with a title, there really won’t be much to find fault with. Whether they’re a one-year wonder or will prove to be a perennial contender is another question, of course. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring the interactive and tracking their progress. 130022-60LOL The stakes in the NBA are incredibly high. Superstar players so dominate the league that decisions on trades, draft picks and free-agent signings could gut a franchise for years or make it a perennial contender. But unlike in sports like baseball and hockey, where luck plays a larger role, in the NBA, the best team usually wins. There’s little forgiveness when a star player gets hurt, and when a team misses its first chance at a title, it may not get another.We wanted a way to visualize each team’s ups and downs. You can find that in the form of our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each franchise through all 63,145 games (and counting) in NBA and ABA history.1The principal source for game-by-game scores is the always-amazing Basketball-Reference.com.Elo ratings, the basis for the interactive, should be familiar to regular readers of FiveThirtyEight. We introduced them for the NFL last year, and they proved to be a popular feature.2In part, perhaps, because of a flukishly good performance against Las Vegas point spreads. But we didn’t invent the idea: Elo ratings were originally developed to rate chess players and have also been used in soccer, baseball and other sports.Elo is like the iPad of sports power ratings: Their design is quite simple, and they do a lot with a little, depending only on the final score of each game and where it was played. Teams always gain Elo points after winning games — although more for upset wins and for winning by wider margins — and lose ground after losing them. They account for both regular-season and playoff games. If you want (much, much) more detail, see here. For the rest of you, here’s a quick guide on how to interpret different Elo ratings and about how many wins they’d translate into over the course of an 82-game regular season. 140031-51In the lottery ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION 120015-67Historically awful 160051-31Playoff bound 170060-22Title contender Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year’s Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.A 1700 rating is more typical for a title contender. The Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 1689, are currently somewhere near that mark, for example. A 1600 rating represents a playoff team that’s likely to lose in the first or second round. And Elo ratings can go way lower, of course. The all-time NBA low, 1111, belongs to the Dallas Mavericks after they went 4-57 to open the 1992-93 NBA season.3The ABA’s Oakland Oaks achieved an even lower rating, 1086, at the nadir of their 1967-68 season, but that’s partly because it was the ABA’s inaugural year, which Elo treats very skeptically.So where do, say, the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers rank? Here are Elo’s ratings of all seasons in NBA and ABA history:4The table excludes teams that played fewer than 21 games in a season (for reasons such as being disbanded midway through the season).
Augsburg full-back Philipp Max has dismissed claims that Manchester United and PSG have made offers for him this summer.Max has been reportedly linked with Manchester United and PSG, but recently decided to a new contract with Augsburg, which will keep him at the club till 2022.The 24-year-old is familiar with all the transfer rumours and speculations he has read in the papers but insists he hasn’t received any concrete offers from either clubs.“Some things you read in the newspaper, some things are passed on through your agent”, he told Lattenkreuz.de., via TeamTalk.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It was not that I was dealing with an offer.“It was important for me to focus on pre-season. I think that went quite well.”Max understands that his future is dependent on what offers that could arrive in the nearest future.“It always depends on whether there are specific requests. That was not the case this summer.”
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is full of excitement that his side won the Saturday game against Sevilla with two goals after his club had an inconsistent 2019 start.He boasts that Los Blancos still hast the capacity to ensure excellent performances when they want and need it.“We needed a match like this,” he said after the match as quoted by Marca.“We dominated in all aspects of the game.“We finished the chances we had and we’re very happy.“It could have been a larger margin.“We were keen to win in a convincing manner in front of our fans.“By pressing from the first minute, we got our reward.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This is really important for the team.“Football is sometimes unfair because everything is based on results.“We can show our best version when we want to.”Ramos also talked about about the relationship between the players and the supporters as there were many more fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the match unlike some of the previous ones.“We need to all be in the same boat,” he said.“You could see that they enjoyed it today and they leave content.”