In a wide-ranging Youve-got-to-make-uprecent interview, former Boston Celtics legend and current Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce discussed the advice that his gives to the young stars on his team:

“I talk to them a lot about mental preparation and consistency,” Pierce said. “I keep telling (John) Wall and (Bradley) Beal, ‘You’ve got to make up your mind. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great? Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it.”

Do I get an amen?

I suspect that this advice has wider applications than just to young basketball players.

Whatever you want to do with your life, whether you’re a teacher, a manager, a carpenter, an accountant or a nurse, you have the potential to be great, not just good.

But you need to bring it every single day.

Not when you feel like it.

Not when all of the circumstances suit you.

Not when people are watching.

Every single day.

Pierce’s nickname from his days at the Celtics is “The Truth” because (use your best Jack Nicholson voice), “You can’t handle the truth!”

Now the moniker is relevant because he’s speaking it.

What do you need to do every day to make the transition from good to great?

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