Sunday, January 24, 2021

NBA Scout, Stephen Gertz, talks about being positive and listening to one another

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

My name is Stephen Gertz. I am a regional NBA scout for E.V. Hoops (based in Philadelphia). Although, I should specify that I’ll be officially starting this fall when the 2014-2015 NCAA season begins.

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

I just finished my time at the Pittsburgh Pro-Am, an annual summer league event that takes place in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. The event features past and current players from local universities and colleges, as well as past and current professionals who have ties to the area.

Do you find the pressures of working in the entertainment industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

Well, as an NBA scout, I definitely spend a lot of time judging and critiquing the body of potential NBA/professional basketball players.  Generally, I am focused on height per a specific position and how a player carries their weight.  It’s obviously important that players who hope to one day become a professional basketball player take care of their bodies.
Regardless of your body type, it’s extremely important that every player, regardless of what level they play at, eat the right kinds of foods, and have a strong mental approach to their diet and routine.  When I interact with players, I never preach doings 500 sit-ups every day, but rather stay away from fast food and just to be disciplined in their approach.

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

Jacob Burman reached out to me via Twitter and asked if I would be interested in doing something to help promote Mental Fitness Inc., and I agreed.  After a few emails from Jacob, I felt really good about doing a guest blog/interview about the importance of mental health in my profession.  Mental health is important aspect of anyone’s life, even non-athletes.

Who were the role models in your life?

Growing up, I really admired Bruce Lee.  When I was a teenager I began to read and watch documentaries about his life, and was fascinated, not only by his drive to be physically fit, but also mentally healthy.

What do you define as beautiful?

To me, beauty is the embodiment of The Golden Rule: Do to others what you would want them to do to you (Luke 6:31).  I find that putting others first is truly one of the most beautiful things in life.

How do you define inner beauty?

I believe those who can internalize what I said in my last answer really exude inner beauty.

What is happiness?

I feel like this can answered a lot of different ways, and I am sure most have different opinions.  With that in mind, I believe the people that are generally happy have a goal that they’re consistently working towards and the wherewithal to enjoy the journey.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (

Yes, I absolutely be willing to take the Real Deal Pledge.  If more people lived by the pledge, we’d all be better off for it.

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

I am the most at peace with the challenges that life throws at me when I make it a priority to read my Bible and spend time in prayer.  Mainly, I try to make sure not to allow a problem to blow out of proportion by mentally exhausting myself thinking/worrying about it.  Taking a minute or two just to put the issue in proper context and perspective does wonders for how I manage any stressful situation.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

I try to be someone that really thinks about what I am going to say before I say it.  Also, I don’t spend a lot of time talking just to talk.  I’ve often found that being a good listener and someone that isn’t quick to speak creates positive interactions in nearly all of my conversations.  Given that I interact with people throughout my entire day, it’s important that those situations are as positive as possible. Being at odds with someone can be a consuming thought, one that I’d rather not have lingering in my mind.

Other thoughts / reflections?

I’ve found the key to balancing my work and home life is the ability to prioritize with the willingness to be flexible.  It’s easier to juggle multiple things at once if I have a sense of which ones need my attention first.  I also never try to exert myself to the point of physical and mental exhaustion.  I’d much rather accomplish two or three tasks than force myself to do four or five and feel completely overwhelmed.

Articles written by Stephen Gertz.

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