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Learning From LeBron

More people should think about where they want to live and work as seriously as LeBron James does.
LeBron James entering TD Arena in Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. Boston is one of a handful of cities hoping to land the superstar on their squad.
LeBron James entering TD Arena in Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. Boston is one of a handful of cities hoping to land the superstar on their squad.Elise Amendola/AP

Our decisions about where to live and work are some of the most important decisions we make. But too often, we don’t really stop to examine them. We stay where we grew up, or move to a nearby city or suburb. We stay where we went to college, or relocate for a job, or follow a partner or spouse. Basically, when it comes to decisions about where to live, we wing it.

Not so for LeBron James. He is the living symbol of taking location seriously. In the coming week or so, James will have to make a decision about whether to extend his current contract and stay in his hometown of Cleveland, or move to another city and franchise to embark on the next chapter in his career. It goes without saying that he will make this decision strategically. And not just with his own career in mind—factors like the opportunity to play with better players, increase his number of championships, and haul in more money. He’s on record as saying that this time, he will factor in his family’s wishes and consult with his kids.