Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues is the shortest man to ever play in the NBA. Dude was a mere 5 foot 3 inches tall.
At that height, the idea of playing basketball even in high school – much less in the pros – is a pipe dream.
Yet he did it. For 14 seasons. In fact, he’s the Charlotte Hornets’ career leader in minutes played, assists and steals.
It would have been easy for Muggsy Bogues to say, “If I want to compete, I have to be tall.” Most players are tall. It’s a standard characteristic for basketball.
And if that was his attitude, he probably wouldn’t have picked up a basketball past 6th grade.
But that wasn’t going to work for Muggsy. He had is own distinct advantages, his own champion mindset, and a bulletproof lens for how he viewed the world.
And thus he made millions as a professional athlete because he did it on his own terms.
A lot of doctors in elective medicine – particularly LASIK – feel like if they want to compete, they have to offer massive discounts.
After all, that’s what a lot of practices do. That’s what the big chains do (or at least how they advertise). Seems to be pretty standard.
So it must be the right path, no?
Well, it’s definitely one way. But it’s not THE way.
Just like Muggsy Bogues, you can forge your own path. Create your own champion mindset. Build value in your unique skillset, credentials and authority. Play by your rules.
You didn’t go to a Lamborghini medical school so you could run a Kia practice.
And just like Muggsy, you can make millions playing your game like the elite professional you are.