Shootin’ in the gym


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Drake’s line in Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin'” has sparked somewhat of a viral cultural phenomenon.

B!%@#, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym.

For those of you who aren’t a fan of Drake or Ross, the line refers to Kobe Bryant losing $50 million in his divorce. But more importantly, the line alludes to those who envy but don’t understand or respect the process and sacrifice one makes to achieve greatness.

Everyday we see people on TV and the internet enjoying their success. In our minds, they just appeared out of thin air, since we didn’t know them before they were superstars. They might say that they struggled to get where they are, but that’s like thanking God, my mama, and my producer at an award show. Isn’t just something people say when they become rich and famous? Aren’t these people just born to be great?

No. Some people are born with a higher IQ, taller, or have the ability to grow larger twitch muscles; but these genetic advantages don’t make you great –they only make it a little easier to become great. If you really listen to what great people say about their road to greatness, it involves discipline and dedication that borders on (and sometimes crosses) insanity. Every one of them has lost, failed, been publicly embarrassed, and was isolated due to their passion.For these people a world without [insert the thing they are passionate about] isn’t a world worth living in.

Paradigm Shift (n): a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory

Some people have become so far removed from the pursuit of greatness that they no longer see it at all. This sad truth became apparent after twitter starting trending about Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas’ hair. This ignorance graced the pages of CNN, USAToday, The Washington Post, ESPN, and countless other national/international media outlets.

Although it was pitiful day in Black culture, it did something very important. It drew a line in the sand between us and them. No one has coined a term yet for who we are and who they are, but the distinction was made clear. In crass terms, the line was drawn between “people who are about shit and people who ain’t about shit” — to quote a friend. In less crass terms, it’s a line between people who would rather be good than look good; a line between long-term thinkers and short-term thinkers; and a line between talkers and doers.

Ladies, the next time one of them looks at you funny after you come out of yoga drenched in sweat looking like Blanca from Street Fighter, politely say, “B!%@#, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym.”

Fellas, the next time someone makes fun of you for staying home to do some work instead going out, politely say, “I’m over here shootin’ in the gym.”

Let’s be great, people!

4 Replies to “Shootin’ in the gym”

  1. Lava says:

    Once one truly reaches the point of what appears to others as an insane obsession with his/her passion, half the battle has been won. I believe it’s called “the glow.”

  2. nunya says:

    *thumbs up*

  3. BAnjeeB says:

    You and your friend stated it very well. I never saw any of the negative tweets/posts, but heard about them after everyone else started talking about them. My first thought was, what???? I just didn’t understand how people chose to focus not on her achievement but on some stupid stuff…

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