The Los Angeles Lakers have been living in the past. And what a past it was! Wilt Chamberlin, Showtyme, Kobe, and Shaq? It makes sense that the team and their fans would want to re-live their glory days.
I think any basketball fan would sign up for that history.
But that’s just it—it’s history, in the past. And, like we said in our article, “Remember When Things Were Going Great”, things change. Maybe if the entire Lakers organization paid more attention to the team and what it is now, they wouldn’t have just suffered their seventh losing season in a row (yes, I’m including the 2012-13 season where they got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round of the playoffs).
Sports fans like to banter about how the mighty sports teams have fallen, but before you have too much fun at the expense of the Lakers, make sure you’re not an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Many industries are changing at a rapid pace, but we’ve seen a lot of businesses clinging to the past, not realizing that what worked in the past might not work today—or tomorrow.
Look, I get it. You found something that works and you want to keep doing it. You want to hang on to your success. But you can’t do that by pretending change isn’t happening. You have to work with the situation and the team you have now, even if that means finding a new and different way to succeed.
If you’re the Lakers of your industry, that’s great. Be proud of that. But no one owes the Lakers anything. If they want to stay on top, they have to earn it every day, and so do you.
And so do we. Read our article on self-talk.
By the way, thank you for reading, “Living in the Past: The Los Angeles Lakers Way”.
Image of The Staples Center was taken by Amadoranque.