You are better than LeBron James.

LeBron James is six foot nine and a superior athlete.  He earns hundreds of millions of dollars, gets feted at awards banquets, and is lavished with the trappings of a King (which happens to be his nickname), all for putting a round ball through a steel rim.

Meanwhile, you get the stink eye for showing up to work 10 minutes late, due to commuting on a rail service that is two cars short yet again due to your state’s budget crisis.

Society may want to rob you of your superiority to Mr. James by placing him on a pedestal. And yet, the fact is, you are better than LeBron James. Even if his balance is so good he could carry a tea cup on his head through a hurricane.

But you’re the only you that exists on this planet, which counts for a lot. LeBron knows that size and athletic talent is not the secret of his success. It’s motivation. As James himself notes, “Greatness is defined by how much you want to put into what you do.”  So while you might not be able to jump as high as LeBron, your motivation and desire have no physical limitations. The sky’s the limit.

Besides, right now LeBron James might be filled with remorse over some petty family matter, while you’re just sitting down to a plate of crinkle cut french fries. Who’s got it better now?

So up your game, today. The sooner you look yourself in the mirror and say, “Goddamnit, I am better than LeBron James,” the sooner you’ll start receiving compliments on your improved posture and confident demeanor. You may even school LeBron and show him what real success looks like.