Play Against Yourself

A great personal reflection from Gary Loveman, chief executive of Harrah’s Entertainment.

A defining thing for me was going to Bobby Knight’s basketball camp at Indiana University when I was about 14. Two things I learned: I wasn’t nearly a good-enough basketball player to keep playing with any consequence. All the kids on my team made the all-star team except me. And Bobby Knight said something that stuck in my mind: Don’t play against the competition. Play against yourself – as well as you’re capable of doing.