My sorority sisters and I at an OU open practice in April 2016 with Buddy Hield.
Like any die-hard Sooner fan, I love to keep up with some of my favorite past Sooner athletes. Recently I’ve been following NBA rookie Buddy Hield, who graduated from OU last May. It’s no secret that Buddy is a hard worker. There have been many features on him in the past year outlining his incredible work ethic which he has shown since being a boy in the Bahamas. It warmed my heart and even made me laugh to hear that, in his rookie season in the NBA, the Pelicans are having problems keeping Buddy from practicing at the gym all night. Check this out. The fact that it is funny is almost concerning. In a generation that wants to receive without giving, Buddy Hield stands out because he gives before receiving.
Buddy serves a good reminder to this soon-to-be post-grad. You control your effort.
Buddy is a great role model to in regards to his work ethic. I mean, they were locking up the basketballs and forcing him to go home. Is that not an amazing work ethic? If you want anything in life you have to work for it…hard. I grew up in a home of entrepreneurs, so the concept of work ethic was not taken lightly. My parents literally took an idea my dad had in his head, convinced my grandparents and a bank to believe in them, and went to work to build their business. This January is the 19th birthday of my parents’ business.
You can develop a work ethic like Buddy’s and you can start by nailing down your goals. What do you want from life? Your job? What are your financial goals? What’s on your bucket list? Don’t tell me that Buddy doesn’t have goals. Nobody just spends hundreds of hours of their life shooting baskets with no goals in mind.
Once you have your goals written down on a piece of paper, write your plans to meet those goals. If you have no plan, ask around! Find people you look up to or have what you want and ask them how they got to where they are. There was just this awesome article written by Buddy about he and Kobe Bryant that illustrates this really well.
As a soon-to-be young professional, I want to be like Buddy Hield. I will give everything I have to make myself better for the benefit of my team and I will work harder than others believe necessary to get myself where I want to be in life. Whether you’re just out of college or getting ready to celebrate your 20 year anniversary with your company, don’t be afraid to be like Buddy. Work hard and ignore the nay-sayers.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.