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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 August 20, 2019

                  Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                  Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                  Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

                  This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

                  The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard. Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

                  Curiosity

                  Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

                  People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

                  Patience

                  Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

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                  When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

                  Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

                  A Feeling for Connectedness

                  This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

                  A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

                  The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

                  With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

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                  1. Research

                  Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

                  Learning the Basics

                  Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

                  Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

                  What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

                  Hitting the Books

                  Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

                  Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

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                  Long-Term Reference

                  While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

                  My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

                  2. Practice

                  Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

                  A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

                  Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

                  3. Network

                  One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

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                  These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

                  Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

                  4. Schedule

                  For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

                  Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

                  Final Thoughts

                  In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

                  If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

                  At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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