I’d still be playing this game even if I wasn’t being paid for it.
Interviewer: Mission accomplished.
Not that I don’t want to be paid for it.
I don’t think I would change anything, because I think it’s important to go through life without any regrets.
I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer. Someone that’s passionate about the game.
It was probably the toughest moment in my career. I was having death threats, I never felt safe for three and a half years.
– David Beckham
Evan: He’s an English former professional football player.
In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players.
He is consistently ranked among the highest earners in football.
He’s David Beckham, and here is my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the best.
And as always, if David says something that really, really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below, and put quotes around it, so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy.
Rule #1: Love What You Do
I’ve always been driven. Even at a young age, all I ever wanted to do was become a footballer, a soccer star. And that was my only ambition, you know.
“I’ve done very well out of the game but, I’d still be playing this game even if I wasn’t being paid for it.” – David Beckham
I know it’s different these days with kids, obviously there’s fame, there’s fortune, and it might be easy for me to say that because obviously I’ve done, I’ve done very well out of the game but, I’d still be playing this game even if I wasn’t being paid for it.
Man: Mission accomplished.
Not that I don’t want to be paid for it, but I still would be playing this sport.
Rule #2: Make Sacrifices
When I sit with kids, and they turn round and say you know how can we be professional footballers? The one thing I always say to them is, A, you have to enjoy yourself. You have to have fun playing football, if you want to be a professional footballer, then you have to have fun. But more importantly, you have to be dedicated. You have to make sacrifices.
“You have to have fun playing football, if you want to be a professional footballer, then you have to have fun. But more importantly, you have to be dedicated. You have to make sacrifices.” – David Beckham
And I think sacrifices was probably one of the most important things for me ’cause, as a young kid living in London, friends going out on a Friday night.
But, I made a sacrifice of staying in, watching match of the day on a Saturday evening, and I had a game on the Sunday, so I was in bed early and, those kind of things, for young kids are important.
Rule #3: Don’t Have Any Regrets
I don’t think I would change anything, because I think it’s important to go through life without any regrets. People have said to me, would you change ’98?
Would you change the red card against Argentina?
“It’s important to go through life without any regrets.” – David Beckham
Do I wish it hadn’t of happened?
Of course but, if it hadn’t have happened, would I have been the player that I am today?
Would I have been the strong person on the field and off the field that I am today? So, there’s nothing, nothing I regret.
Rule #4: Practice Everyday
People have asked me that over the years, you know how do I curl the ball?
How do I bend the ball? And it’s something that just happened.
It’s not something that I thought okay, I want to bend the ball better than anyone else so, I’m going to kick the ball in this certain way. I just worked on my striking of the ball. I just practiced every day. It’s something that I’ve done from a very young age.
“Unless you practice, you’re never going to get better at something. ” – David Beckham
Even after every training session, I take balls on my own and just curl and kick, and try and find new ways of getting the ball in the net without anyone touching it, and I’ve been lucky enough to have done that over the years with the way I kick the ball and, I know that it’s a unique style, and I know, I know it’s a unique style just because my back hurts a little bit more than it did when I was 15 years old but, no, it’s something that I practice, of course. It’s one thing I tell kids. Unless you practice, you’re never going to get better at something.
Rule #5: Define Success For Yourself
People measure success with, obviously my field by trophies, by medals, by the success that I have had over my career.
Personally I measure success on, have I had a good time?
Have I had fun?
Have I reached the goals that I wanted to reach when I was eight or nine years old?
I wanted to captain my country. I wanted to represent my country in a world cup. I wanted to win the FA Cup. And luckily, I achieved all those dreams.
Rule #6: Always give your all
Interviewer: How do you want to be remembered as a football player? As a person of these last 22 years, and everything that you’ve achieved, as someone who did what achieve what, what’s most important to you?
I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer, someone that’s passionate about the game, and someone that, every time I stepped on the pitch, I’ve given everything that I have, because that’s how I feel going into games, at the end of my career. That’s how I look back on it, and hope people will see me.
Because I think over the years, it’s been my life and my career, people have obviously looked at certain other things that have gone one throughout my career, and I think sometimes that’s overshadowed what I’ve done on the pitch, or what I’ve achieved on the pitch.
“I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer, someone that’s passionate about the game, and someone that, every time I stepped on the pitch, I’ve given everything that I have, because that’s how I feel going into games, at the end of my career.” – David Beckham
And that’s, as much as I say that that doesn’t hurt me, of course it does. I’m, at the end of the day I’m a footballer that’s played for some of the biggest clubs in the world. Played with some of the best players in the world. Played under some of the biggest and best managers, and achieved almost everything in football.
And I think, of course it hurts when people, not question it but, think about other things, and to come to the end of my career now, and look back and say I’ve achieved everything with every club that I’ve played for. Played for my country 115 times, been runner-up twice, World Player of the Year, to amazing footballers. I’m very proud of that.
Announcer: It’s Beckham, It’s good.
Rule #7: Put Your Family First
Interviewer: How do you keep the balance between work and family? Obviously you’ve got a hectic life around the world. What’s that like?
I mean, obviously as a family we’re very busy. As a couple, we’re very busy. Victoria’s got a collection that is obviously doing unbelievably well. But there’s a lot of pressure that comes with that, obviously. You know and, I’m working every day.
I play and train every day so, it’s difficult but, like I said before, our number one priority is our children and our family. Nothing else gets in the way of that.
When I’m away, Victoria’s at home with the boys, and Harper, and when she’s away, vice versa so, we’re very hands-on parents. I take the kids to school every day, pick ’em up every day. We go tae kwon do, we go soccer, we go.
You know there’s so many things that we do with the kids, and like I said, we’re very hands-on parents so, it doesn’t, our lives, our busy lives don’t affect the children in any way but, the children understand that we work very hard as well so, we’ve got a very good balance there.
Rule #8: Leave as a champion
I just feel that, I’ve been so lucky throughout my career. I just feel that, the fact that I’ve played for the clubs that I’ve played for, the players that I’ve played with, won the trophies that I’ve won.
Playing in the MLS last year, winning the championship there, and then coming to PSG and winning the French League here. I think it’s you know, It’s a good way to go out.
You’ve always gone out on a high at every club, but United winning a league. Madrid, MLS LA Galaxy last year, is that important to you with what’s happened in the last few weeks with PSG that you’ve gone out as a winner?
I think it’s every athlete’s dream, every footballer’s dream to go out on the top, on top form or winning a trophy. You know it doesn’t happen that often but, I’ve been lucky.
Obviously when I left United, we won the league. When I left Madrid, we won the league. Like you said leaving the Galaxy, doing two years of winning the championship there, and then obviously coming here, and winning the league.
It’s nice to go out like that. I think people look back and, it’s written, it’s simple. You’re leaving as a champion, and I think that’s why I think that it’s the right time.
Rule #9: Impossible is nothing
Interviewer: Do you ever visualize you winning or anything in your head?
Always. I always dreamt of winning the World Cup but, it hasn’t happened yet. Still look back to ’98. After the red card that I got against Argentina. What went on in my life, and in my family’s life after that, I think was very tough.
It was probably the toughest moment in my career. I was having death threats, I never felt safe for three and a half years.
People used to turn around, and they’re saying that you’ve let your country down, and you’ve let your family down, so how does that feel?
I don’t think I’ve ever felt as alone as that, as a person and as a footballer. It can knock a person down so much that they just go under. Outside pubs in London, there was effigies hung of me, and this was on the front of the newspaper.
It’s just something that sticks in my mind from that time. Trying to think what was said about me at the time. There was a headline of 10 Lions, One Stupid Little Boy.
Interviewer: Still emotional isn’t it? Still raw.
Yeah. This is a saying that I use all the time and, it’s true. It’s a round world. ’98 was just before the World Cup, when I was at the top, and then after the World Cup I was at the bottom, and then you work yourself back up, the upside for me was the Greece game.
Once the game started, it was the start of an incredible day for me. It was either go into the World Cup that day, or it was going into qualifying games which, none of us wanted to do, ’cause the expectations of us.
I remember Teddy Sheringham getting a free kick on the edge of the box, and I remember putting the ball down, and I remember looking up at the clock and thinking, this is it, this is the only chance I’m going to get now.
The only thing I could hear, was the man and his drum. Around, about here, I think. And then I stepped back, took the deep breaths, run up, and as soon as it left my foot I knew it was in. It was the loudest I think I’ve ever heard the fans.
It was such a huge moment for everyone. I remember just running off and being that excited. Just jumping up in the air. I could’ve touched the top of the stadium if I wanted to, because I felt that high. Right the whole canvas is the idea of the goal.
There’s the boy in the corner. My celebration, and the words belief, strength, and family is what I needed, and what I had to get through after ’98. Finishes it off. Being in front of a blank piece of paper with experts around you as well, I think that is much more daunting than stepping out in front of 90,000 people playing football.
Announcer: Beckham could raise the roof here with a goal.I don’t believe it! David Beckham scores the goal to take England all the way to the World Cup Final!
Rule #10: Have fun
Rick: Play you in iBeckham the movie.
He wants to play me? Are you serious?
Yeah, and he wants to stay with you for a couple of days to, you know, kind of get into the role, get into the character. Research is what they’re calling it.
Rick, I’m really uncomfortable with this. How is this even possible? You can’t do this to me again. When does he arrive?
Oh my goodness, good morning. Good morning everybody. Oh man.
How are ya?
Oh my god, god. Thank you man. First of all, what is, look at this!
I mean it’s, it’s unbelievable.
Not even playing man.
No, not at all.
I have never done this for a role. There’s method acting, and then there’s what I planned on doing. ‘Cause here’s the thing, nobody is going to expect it, and if I pull this off, this is the one that people will talk about, for ages.
People are going to talk about this for sure.
When Kevin Hart became David Beckham. Thank you so much.
I’m excited. I’m just going to continue to shoot and…
Yeah, I don’t want to slow you up.
You’re good there.
Kevin: Okay man!
Kevin: Thank you so much David!
Rick, we need to talk, a week in my house, seriously?
I’m watching you (laughs). I’m not, I am!
Perfect. Very nice, very nice.
David! Hey David, hey!
That’s great, that’s great, we got it.
What are you doing here?
No, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.
Don’t be mad, you’re not mad at me, are you?
Alright. You’re out of toilet paper, in the bathroom. (eerie music)
It’s 4:00 a.m.
What are you doing in my bed Kev?
What are you doing in my bed?
This your bed? I thought I was, where the bathroom? I thought it was.
Let’s go, this way.
I must’ve wandered off.
You wandered off.
Oh there’s the bathroom.
After working out, what’s the one thing that you have to do?
Whoa! Not right now baby, I can’t. Got to stay fit. I’ll take some mint tea with a little bit of honey. Hello, I’m David Beckham.
Kevin, what are you doing in my bathroom?
Is that my toothbrush? Come on.
I’m sorry, I just need this more than you. So sorry, sorry. Beckham. (phone buzzes) Hi mom, how are you? It’s David, your son.
David’s Mom: Kevin, put David on the phone.
I’m so, don’t, don’t tell David nothing crazy. Chester.
David: Kev, I’ll be back later!
Alright I’ll see you later! (jazz music) (car engine roars) Everybody watch out, I’m David Beckham!
Yeah we’ve had a couple of incidents but, he’s a great guy. Kev? What did you do when I went out for a walk Kevin?
What did who do? What did I do?
Nothing at all.
Wait, I used some of your gel.
Some of my gel.
Yeah, that’s it. Oh! Oh huh-huh, oh! Huh, oh!
I can’t feel my legs, Dave. I don’t know where to start, man. Hey, did I overstep my boundaries any way?
No. Maybe a little bit.
If I get this part, I owe it to you.
Good old friend. I don’t normally get emotional, you know.
M-hm. (can hits car)
Oh. It didn’t bend.
See ya Kevin.
Kevin: Yeah, see ya David! So sorry man, I was trying to put it in the trash can.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Pagla Bye asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know, what did you learn from David today? What was the most inspiring thing, or most interesting thing that you pulled from this video?
Leave it in the comments below, and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally wanted to give a quick shout-out to Jon D. Webster. Jon, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and tweeting it. I really, really appreciate it.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself, in whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.