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"Vicarious joy in the accomplishments of others."


I learned about the word "mudita" from an incredible basketball coach and leader named Joe Mantegna. He has built a championship culture at Blair Academy in New Jersey and his team is featured in my book for principle #14.

To me, it means celebrating the success of others! Regardless if you played a part in their success, you have an authentic enthusiasm for being happy for them!

In basketball, a lot of players (and parents) are concerned about points and playing time when they should be more concerned about heart and hustle. When you play with heart, you truly care about everything that impacts the team regardless if you are scoring or playing. When your team scores, you score. Hustle means doing everything you can to help your team compete: rebounding, setting screens, diving on the ground for a 50/50 ball, sprinting back on defense, watching game film, etc. Doing everything in your power to give your team a competitive advantage.

Mudita is observing your teammates display heart and hustle and making sure they feel valued for their contribution.


Thank you for reading and please feel free to reach out if I can help in anyway!

Sending positive vibes,


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