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3 Things To Learn Watching Stephen Curry and What That Means For You

1. The fine line between lethal and dangerous

Steve Kerr was once asked about Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Specifically everyone wanted to know what he thought about some of their shots. Like those 3-pointers we all see that seem like they're literally shot from half court. Kerr responded like this:

“That was the only one I thought: what are you doing? But the beauty of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson is they walk that fine line between lethal and crazy.”

The fine line between lethal and crazy. It's the point where the norm is challenged as much as it possibly can be challenged. It's pushing the rules as far as they can go. It's testing the limits of success without falling into the abyss. It's here where genius happens – walking the fine line of brilliant and lunatic.

2. Embrace your nerves

"I've never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies. I get nervous and anxious. But I think those are all good signs that I'm ready for the moment."

The quote above is from Steph Curry.

It shows something really unique. He says he is not afraid of big moments yet he admits he gets nervous AND anxious. This is contrary to what many believe and feel. The point is he does not shy away from his nervousness or anxiousness instead he harnesses it. This is his power. It's his mind and body preparing for the challenge ahead. Not enough people embrace their nervousness and not enough people know that's even possible.

3. Challenge the way things are

So here's the final point but maybe the most important one yet.

Steph Curry is changing the way the point guard is perceived, used, and understood. For 20 years or more, the ideal point guard has been a pass first player. One who can create open shots for everyone around him. Get to the hoop, pass, play defense, and care for the ball. That was all that mattered.

Curry has destroyed that image. Flat out.

Curry isn't afraid to shoot. He lives by the 3-point shot. He drives, jumps passing lanes, passes when the opportunity is there, and does things you previously thought were meant only for the shooting guard or small forward.

In sports and in life this is one of the greatest challenges we are presented with. Can you successfully challenge the way things are and show people that there's a better way?