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Valuable Quotes From LeBron James That Everyone Can Relate To

Valuable Quotes From LeBron James That Everyone Can Relate To

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is a winner. He is an athlete, a success story, an Ohio native, and he is tall. At 6’8″, LeBron James towers over some of the competition. But win or lose, he does not let life or basketball get him down. Throughout his career, LeBron has continuously strived for greatness, starting as the overall first pick of the 2003 NBA draft, and then setting an NBA record in his first game as a Cavalier, and going on to become Rookie of the Year that same season.

LeBron has been criticized by the media for having poor defense as a rookie, for his play in pressure situations, the way he handled his free agent period, for his decision to join the Miami Heat, and more. He has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s most influential athletes.

LeBron James is not just an athlete, a ridiculously tall, good looking, powerful, influential guy, he is also an avid philanthropist. In addition to supporting the Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Defense Fund, and ONEXONE, he established his own organization: the LeBron James Family Foundation, and also provides scholarships to students through the University of Akron.

Not raised with a silver spoon, LeBron James was born to a 16-year-old single mother, and his childhood was a struggle in Akron, OH. At 9 years old, he moved in with a youth football coach and was introduced to the game of basketball. Now, as an almost-31-year-old, LeBron is married with kids of his own: Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri, and he gets to introduce his kids to basketball and share his own values.

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Never one to allow a stereotype to label him, LeBron is far from a dumb jock. Let’s see what he has to say.

1. “Maybe my pain was motivation.”

motivation

    I love this quote. For some, pain will bring them down and allow them to become bitter and world-weary. For others, they will use their pain, their experiences, and their pasts to push them forward to a better and brighter future, using it as motivation to be great.

    2. “Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead, dominate. Anything. But it’s not what you ask of me, it’s what I ask of myself.”

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    ask

      LeBron has a great quote here. Anyone can ask anything of you, but what can you ask of yourself? How do you push yourself, how do you improve?

      3. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.”

      criticism

        So true, LeBron, so true. And trust me, not being able to take real (and constructive) criticism is a true detriment to you and your career and future. Don’t get defensive, learn from it!

        4. “You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed. You’re not gonna succeed all the time and I know that.”

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        failure

          Failure happens. Life isn’t fair. You will not be the best or succeed at everything you do, it’s just not possible. Learn from the failure and move forward a better, stronger person. Learn from it and it will allow you to succeed (or fail less) next time. Success is built on failing first and building up again.

          5. “I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”

          basketball

            It may be a game, but it’s not “just” a game.

            6. “I hate letting my teammates down. I know I’m not going to make every shot. Sometimes I try to make the right play, and if it results in a loss, I feel awful. I don’t feel awful because I have to answer questions about it. I feel awful in that locker room because I could have done something more to help my teammates win.”

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            letting down

              LeBron is awesome. He cares more about his team’s success as a whole than his own as a singular entity. This is the true meaning of a team player. Go Cavs!

              7. ” I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.”

              last day

                Life is short, play the game you love with every single bit of energy and vitality you have. Someday, there will come a day where you won’t be playing anymore.

                8. “There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.”

                pressures

                  It’s hard not to put pressure on yourself to always kick butt, always win, always be the best. LeBron knows there is a whole world of basketball fans putting pressure on his shoulders, and he is trying not to put even more on himself. I love his attitude.

                  Learning from LeBron James: criticism helps you get better, failure happens but you get back up again to succeed, and it’s all about the team.

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                  Last Updated on April 8, 2019

                  22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

                  Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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                  1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
                  2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
                  3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
                  4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
                  5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
                  6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
                  7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
                  8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
                  9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
                  10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
                  11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
                  12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
                  13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
                  14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
                  15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
                  16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
                  17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
                  18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
                  19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
                  20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
                  21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
                  22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

                  Featured photo credit: Estée Janssens via unsplash.com

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