Should I Leave or Should I Stay?
The 2017 NBA Finals ended earlier this month and the Golden State Warriors were crowned champions. They were led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Plenty of debates sparked up again about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave OKC Thunder a year ago and to create a ‘super team’ with the Warriors. Personally, when Durant left during free agency, I was extremely upset because I’m a huge Westbrook fan and I felt OKC could’ve beat that Warriors team if they stuck together. Over time I began to realize that KD did exactly what he felt was right for his future and legacy in the NBA. Although it came with plenty of backlash, at the end of the day it was his personal decision and that’s all that really matters.
I know you’re wondering how does this relate to life and personal finance? Well, first and foremost, there are a few lessons I got out of this. Companies with regular 9 to 5 employees laid off and terminate people every day. NBA teams trade and waive players all the time like clockwork. So where’s the loyalty in that? Is it just business when an NBA franchise decides to trade their star player like Demarcus Cousins after telling him he wasn’t going to be traded? With free agency, the players now have the power to choose their destiny. They’re starting to team up and join situations that fit their long-term goals and aspirations. Kevin Durant didn’t agree with the direction that OKC was heading. They fired his coach Scott Brooks, who he was really close with, then hired a college coach with no NBA experience. They traded James Harden a few years prior and he was another person he was very close with within that organization. I don’t know how much of a role these situations factored into his overall decision, but it definitely had some effect. On top of that Westbrook and Durant bumped heads numerous amount of times on the court.
As working individuals, we all have that same power. But what happens when we don’t like management or coworkers? We settle for our jobs because of bills, kids, location, comfortability, wages, benefits etc… Even though there could be something out there much better for us we choose to settle. Corporations and companies can terminate your employment any day. No position is guaranteed contrary to what we may think. I felt Kevin Durant put himself in the best possible position to succeed. He didn’t care what anybody had to say about it either. I know the average U.S. worker isn’t as rich as KD but we all have a choice when it comes to working. We could leave the job whenever we wanted and not have to wait until the company decides your time is up. There’s a bunch of factors that go into play like work/life balance and other financial obligations, but at the end of the day, we have to do things that are going to better our families and future.
Lebron got a lot of “Heat” for leaving and joining Miami in South Beach but I promise you he doesn’t regret that decision. He used his free agency to put himself in a position to dominate the league. It wasn’t the same as KD’s decision, but the overall goal was to WIN A RING. That’s all that matters these days to players who are passionate. I can’t be mad at that. We all want to win and be successful and sometimes we have to take that leap of faith to make a change. This could be leaving your current company for a better position, starting your own company or side-business. The power is in your hands and ultimately the decision is nobody else’s but yours.