YOUNGIN’ ON HIS GRIND BY WILL SARDI
Most people think that creativity just means thinking outside of the box and having original ideas. Although these two things are crucial, one must also be bold. Bold enough to avoid the norm. Bold enough to give alternative answers without fearing rejection. Bold enough to state your opinion to somebody regardless of their power over you.
In this picture of my brother Patrick and I (I’m on the right, Patrick’s on the left), we’re on a mountain in the Swiss Alps. I’m around 2 years old, and Patrick’s 4.
Because it was so long ago, I couldn’t tell you exactly what was going on, but the picture gives me a good idea. I’d like to think that I had a vision to build a beautiful stone tower on this mountain, something that would be there for years. I must’ve explained this vision to Patrick, convincing him to help me carry out this plan. In this picture you can see me pointing to where he should put the stone he was carrying.
Patrick was bigger and stronger than me, and if I had let myself feel inferior around him, my plan never would’ve been carried out.
This picture reminds me of my first word. Most people’s first words are something basic, like “Mama”, or “Dada”, but mine was “Ball”. “Ball” has turned into my life motto in a way, because I see life as a game of basketball. Instead of being afraid of other people on the court who are bigger than me or better than me, I just focus on one thing, getting the ball in the basket.