10 Valuable Quotes from 10 Famous NBA Players

  1. “Boos don’t block dunks.” – Kobe Bryant
  2. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” – Lebron James
  3. “Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d be better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.” – Larry Bird
  4. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  5. Lack of height is not a handicap or limitation in basketball. In fact I turned it into an advantage. I’m very difficult to guard because I’m so small. I made the other players adjust to me.” – Maggsy Bogues
  6. “I don’t care what other people say. I fight every day to be the best player I can.” – Steve Nash
  7. “If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?” – Wilt Chamberlain
  8. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” – Magic Johnson
  9. “I’m not a guy that’s going to brag or feel like I’m better than the group.” – Kevin Durant
  10. “I can score 20 points if I want to, but that’s not my desire.” – Dennis Rodman

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Never, never, never, never give up!

If you really yearn to achieve something, you must pursue it no matter what it takes. In the process of trying to reach your ambition, you must be ready to make sacrifices. Most of all, you must learn how to handle rejections and failures.

Be inspired with these famous rejections:

Famous Failures

Yes, your journey to life could be difficult sometimes, but you can make it easy if, given whatever circumstance in life, you do your best all the time to attract the opportunities you need and you always carry the right attitudes (humility, determination and creativity). It is also required the you muster the courage to face your situation squarely and look for a way out. There is always a way out.

Big breaks do not always come in a silver platter. You have to set up your circumstance in a way that will attract opportunities you are looking for. And if opportunities do not come to you as expected, take it from Winston Churchill:

Never, never, never, never give up.

Wisdom Is Wealth: 20 African Proverbs to Live By

African proverbs are full of wisdom and guidance for our daily living.

Few days ago, I posted this African Proverb on my Facebook wall as my status:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Because of the relevance and depth of the message that this proverb is trying to convey, several of my FB friends have liked my status and gave their thoughts/reflections about it.

This appreciation has inspired me to come up with this collection of African Proverbs that deal on leadership, character, life, wisdom, humility and hope.

Here are a few that I have collected:

  1. To get lost is to learn the way.
  2. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something.
  3. Wisdom is wealth
  4. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.
  5. The sun will shine on those who stand before its shines and on those who kneel after under them.
  6. If you’re filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. (My personal fave!)
  7. Traveling is learning.
  8. He who thinks is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.
  9. To run is not necessarily to arrive.
  10. A patient man will eat ripe fruit.
  11. A large chair does not make a king.
  12. However long the night, the dawn will break.
  13. The fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.
  14. It takes a whole village to raise a child.
  15. The heart of a wise man lies quiet like a limpid water.
  16. You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.
  17. Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can.
  18. Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.
  19. Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.
  20. You cannot turn the wind, so turn the sail.

Proverb no. 6 is my personal favorite. What’s yours?

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3 Quick Life Lessons from Anderson Silva’s Defeat

Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva

This will be quick – as quick as Chris Weidman has knocked out Anderson Silva at UFC 162 .

  1. Supreme hubris could break you – BADLY! Undeniably, because of his undefeated record, Silva has underestimated Weidman who is young and just starting to prove himself in UFC.
  2. People will remember you because of your character and not of your skills. When Silva was interviewed after the fight, he was booed. Yes! The man who was hailed as the most dominant fighter in UFC history was booed.
  3. You are only as good as your last success.

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