We bet you’ve seen or heard about NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s Most Valuable Player award speech. It’s almost iconic and has become one of the signature moments of this incredible world-famous athlete’s career. It’s basically twenty minutes of the most gracious, grateful, classiest acceptance speech you will ever hear. And the absolute can’t-miss part is towards the end, where he thanked his mom. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth your time to watch here. Kevin called his mom the “Real MVP” and talked about the sacrifices she made while raising him and his brother Anthony in a tough Washington D.C. neighborhood. And then another thing he said, through tears, just jumps out:
“One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment—no bed, no furniture… and we just all sat in the living room and just hugged each other. Because we thought we had made it. When something good happens to you—I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here.”
Kevin Durant has signed a new contract since this speech, with the Golden State Warriors, two years for $54 million. And yet—nothing is going to top when he, his mama and his brother moved into their first apartment. That was what “enough” felt like to him, and he achieved it. And it means more to him, it’s “what brought him here”, to this day than the $89.1 million contract he had with the Thunder, or the $54 million he now will earn with the Warriors.
We talk a lot here at O-Venture about carrying only what you need, only what is “enough.” About how we want to help you keep life simple so you (and we) can focus on character, relationships and experiences. When we think about this sweet recollection from Kevin Durant, we think also of this mantra of ours, and how the question of what is “enough” extends across the elements of our lives. How much baggage is enough? How much stuff is enough? And then, how much love is enough? How much time is enough? For Kevin Durant, with his millions and his status and his awards, “enough” came years ago, as he sat on the floor of his family’s empty apartment hugging his mom and his brother. And his NBA MVP speech is a gift that Kevin Durant gave not just his mama but all of us moms who give and work and sacrifice, in the hope that all we have that we give to our children will just be “enough”, that we are enough. Just like Wanda Durant was.