Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks won the NBA slam dunk contest this weekend for the second time. Nate's been my favorite player since he entered the league. He plays on my favorite team, is one of the quickest guards in the league, and he's 5' 9". That's right - 5 foot, 9 inches - and that's probably generous. There are only a handful of players in the NBA that are under 6 foot and Nate's winning the slam dunk contest with some vicious throw downs like the one shown here
Nate's been told his whole life that he's too small for high school ball, too small for college ball, too small for the NBA, too small for the dunk contest. Apparently not!
I have two catch phrases that I like to use at work and at home.
For those that haven't been reading along on my blogging adventure, I run an outsourced billing company that specializes in helping companies migrate to electronic billing. We've grown rapidly to be one of the leading billing service providers in the US. One of the big reasons for our success has been that we've developed almost all of our technology solution in house. It was hard, it took longer than buying off the shelf components, but it's paid off for one huge reason.
Co-workers often will ask me some question about what our technology can and cannot do. My answer is almost always "We're Billtrust, we can do anything." This is usually followed by the standard roll of the eyes when people think I'm not looking :] However, I honestly mean it. Not that we will do anything. But since we're a technology company at heart, we can make our software do anything we choose. This is a powerful competitive weapon.
At home, my kids will sometimes tell me how they can't do something, or their homework is too hard, or they can't hit a reverse layup. I'm obviously not big of "I can't". So the routine at home is, I ask them their name and they have to answer "My name is Tyler Lane, I can do anything I set my mind to". They fight it sometimes when their being stubborn, but the point is made and almost always they accomplish what minutes earlier they said "I can't" to.
If Nate can win the slam dunk contest, if some geek from NJ can run a successful billing business (that would be me), if an African American can be President of the US, you really truly can do anything you set your mind to.
PS - My middle daughter Kacy was hoping that Hillary wouldn't win the Presidential race so she still can have a shot of being the first female president. I love it.