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Shaquille O’Neal’s Quotes
“I’m most proud of my outstanding free-throw percentage. 51%, make one, miss one.”
“One day, you’re going to be recognized. Your name will be remembered because you are different. So master being different.”
“You know, my mother always told me, Make ’em remember your name. No matter how, make ’em remember your name.”
Shaquille O’Neal’s Top 10 Rules for Success and Business
He’s a retired professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic and quickly became one of the best centers in the NBA. He’s currently an analyst on the TV program Inside the NBA. He’s Shaquille O’Neal and here’s my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule #1: Follow Your Heart
What is it about investment and entrepreneurship that sort of has bitten you?
I never look at it as investments, believe it or not. I just look at it as partnerships. I help changing the world. And just being part of something that’s inspiring.
My business people, all the time, whenever they talk about money, you got to ask ’em about yaa, I don’t want to hear it. But if they bring an idea to me that I think is going to go to the next level, most of the time if I follow my heart, then everything else will fall in place.
I’ve never, ever done a deal, eh, we’ve got this suit company, we throw some pinstripes in the suit, you give me 100,000 we sell 20 of them we make.” I’ve never did a deal where it was always based on money. I’ve always done my business deals based on how I felt it was going to go in the future, how I felt it was going to help and inspire somebody.
Sportscaster: Mack tries to be trippy, and it may cost the Nuggets a four point swing.
Commentator: You ever see a man that big fly?
Rule #2: Use Criticism As Motivation
What are you most proud of in your playing career?
I’m most proud of my outstanding free-throw percentage. 51%, make one, miss one. I’m most proud that I made it. To just fulfill the dreams and just work hard and just persevere through everything. I learned at age 13, 14, 15 to use criticism as motivation. So whenever somebody told me I couldn’t do it, it just made me go out and work harder.
Sportscaster: Orlando defense is so strong. When you try for the slot, you got to maintain body contact, He fields, he grabs, but he doesn’t move back enough, and he gets dunked on. How embarrassing is that?
Rule #3: Focus On The Solution
Investments not going to always go how you want them to go. Business plans not going to go how you want them to go. So you just have to regroup.
Interviewer: You say regroup, what does that mean? What does that look like?
Okay, my theory, my thought process is to never focus on the problem, focus on the solution. I invested in this water company, it didn’t go well, that money’s gone.
Now I got to regroup, now I got to do something else. So, I’ll be upset for about 20 minutes. Go to that cabinet, get them Frosted Flakes. Get some of that cold milk. Slice them bananas up. Watch some ESPN, and then the next day I’m back on track.
You all got that, that’s pretty good. But the key thing you said, focus on the solution, not on the problem because where your energy goes that’s where your focus and concentration goes.
Sportscaster: Whoa baby! They’re done the rest. Alonzo Mourning just got posterized. Oh my goodness, he went flying through the air. And he’s saying, bang your head.
Rule #4: Master Being Different
Now one thing I try to do when I came in was I wanted to be different. You know, my dad, growing up, I realized that I was a little bit different but I didn’t like being different. And he would tell me, “You know what? “One day you’re going to be recognized. “Your name will be remembered because you are different.” So master being different. Don’t be like everybody else. Master being different.
Sportscaster: Rice falling away. Won’t go on the rebound. Now the Magic with a final shot chance. O’Neal runs the court, takes it all the way!
Commentator: Well, that’s ruined my theory there because the heat came down and threw up another free shot.
Rule #5: Dedicate Yourself 1,000 Percent
Don’t do it because you’re trying to get your followers up. You know what I mean? Like, if you’re not really with the cause and you’re not going to dedicate yourself 1000 percent, don’t do it.
Like when you talk about Jim Brown and Bill Russell and those guys, they dedicated themselves 1000 percent. We didn’t have Twitter back then and followers and all that, they dedicated themselves 1000 percent. So, if you’re not going to dedicate yourself 1000 percent, and if you’re not going to do it when the cameras are off, don’t do it.
Sportscaster: Oh my goodness! Shaquille O’Neal, what an athlete! Are you kidding me!
Rule #6: Be Motivated By Competition
David Robinson was the nicest man ever. I was a big man on campus in San Antonio and then the Spurs, they draft him, and he steals all my shine. So, I meet him one day and I was like, “Mr. Robinson, can I have your autograph?” ‘Cause I learned a lot from him. I learned as a big man, you can get easy buckets by running the floor. I also learned the spin lob thing.
Sportscaster: The old slam through.
Commentator: O’Neal into the lane.
Sportscaster: Slammer, oh baby! Save the women and children on that one.
I learned that from watching David Robinson. So I meet him. We have a conversation. He signs my autograph. First time we plays the Spurs, he kills me. And my father ripped me a new one. “You show him too much respect. “I don’t care if that’s David Robinson. “You Shaq O’Neal, you need to dominate. “You need to go home and think about what you need to do.”
So, I was like you know what, he didn’t give me his autograph when I was 15 years old. That pisses me off. From that point on, when I said that to myself, that he didn’t give me an autograph, that he stiffed me for an autograph as a youngster, I wanted to pay him back. That was my way of competing with David Robinson.
Sportscaster: The lumbering, oh! Shaq spins, totally!
Man: Let me see you miss. You all right?
Shaq: Yeah, I’m all right.
So, I guess we will never know, between the two of us, seeing that you just destroyed the basket.
Sportscaster: Last game, Dennis, Scott was starting. Bowie was coming off the bench. Head’s up, bring down the entire backboard. Shaquille.
Commentator: I’ve never seen that.
Sportscaster: Hold on to the roof. The Shaq attack.
Rule #7: Value Partnerships
Do you have any advice for people looking to branch out of their comfort zone?
You have to value partnerships. Like I’ve always been a basketball player. I’ve always played basketball. I could probably say I’m a master of basketball. So, now when I wanted to become a businessman, like I had to go through the dos and donts of business, but to get respect as a businessman I was like, “Let me go ahead, get this Masters in Business Administration, so they know and understand what I’m talking about.”
I’ve always considered myself a leader. So, my thought process is, let me get this Doctorate in leadership so people would know and understand that my thought process on how I do things. But, I’ve always been smart enough to have people better than me on my team. For example, what’s the name of this?
Tech Crunch. So if I’m going to start a magazine, So if I’m going to start a magazine, called Tech Crunch, you best believe I’m going to have the techiest publisher, I’m going to have the techiest camera guys, I’m going to have the techiest interviewers working for me rather than me trying to do everything by myself.
So, you have to value partnerships. For example, if I wanted to be the best Sheriff in Austin, Texas, I got to get the best police officers. I can’t be the best without having the best team. So, I’ve always, always valued partnerships. And I always have people better than me and smarter than me around me so they can motivate me, so they can help me.
Sportscaster: Shaq sends it back with a blocked shot. Here’s Shorty. Look out below!
Rule #8: Make Them Remember Your Name
Lady: Wow, that’s you?
Lady: How old were you?
Announcer: Growing up a military brat, he frequently changed schools and had to make new friends. He struggled to feel comfortable in his own skin.
I’ve always thrived on uniqueness. You know, my mother always told me, “Make ’em remember your name.”
Sportscaster: Oh, oh!
“No matter how, make ’em remember your name.”
Sportscaster: I can’t believe it, are you serious?
Announcer: Well, I guess it pays to listen to mom.
Sportscaster: O’Neal, O’Neal. Shaq over to Skiles, puts up a three. He missed it and Turner chases it down. Shaq for two over Olajuwon, whoa baby! That was nasty! My goodness.
Rule #9: Be An Inspiration
I don’t want to be remembered as an athlete who made a lot of money, or an athlete who did great movies, like Kazaam , I don’t want blue chips, I don’t want to be remembered for a guy that’s won a lot of championships, I want to be remembered as a guy because of his action, he inspired people to learn more, to do more and to want more.
Sportscaster: Gruli for O’Neal, That’s a mad jam!
Rule #10: Have fun
Sportscaster: O’Neal’s going to have to get back to the transition spot. Oh, what a dunk! Hey, look at him look back at Mourning. Oh, he came flyin’ out of nowhere!
(watch the video for awesome fun clips of Shaq.)
Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Phillip Doblosky asked me to. Also, if you want to nominate someone for the next top 10 video, please check the description for a link to a video where you can vote for people and put in your suggestions as well. I’d love to know what did you take from this video? What was the most important lesson that you learned that blew your mind that you’re going to immediately apply to your life or your business somehow. Please leave it down in the comments below. I’m super curious to find out. I also want to give a quick shout out to to Jude. Jude, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and taking that picture. It’s amazing to see, thank you so much again. I appreciate the support, and I hope you’re enjoying the read. So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself. And whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
Be A Leader
And you know, Pat Riley and Dale Brown are similar guys. They teach you to never give up. You know, I can remember a game, we weren’t playing well and Pat Riley comes in, “You guys mind aren’t in it.” And he comes in with a big bucket of water. It’s all up here. You can do anything you want. I going to put my head in that bucket for three minutes. And everybody sitting there, like yeah, the record is a minute and 30. Like people that go scuba diving, a minute and 30 maybe two. And he did it for three minutes.
Interviewer: Oh, come on.
Three minutes, Ernie. He stuck his head, ask him next time you see him.
With his hair under there? He got his hair under there too?
I don’t know which part of that is more amazing.
I’m telling you, he did it. So the guys are looking at it like, “You know what, “he’s right.” So, his speeches and his stories. I always tell people, that’s what always took me to the next level. Not training, not going out and being in the gym three hours, conversation.
So those kind of things, whether it’s Sarge or whether it’s Dale Brown or Phil and his Zen, or Pat Riley, those were the kind of things that gave you that umph that you needed?
Yes, because growing up, it took a disciplinarian to make me what I am. It took a disciplinarian for me to stop being a follower and learn to be a leader. I was a medium level juvenile delinquent. I used to come home and get in trouble. My father would just say, “That’s how being a follower man. “I know your friends wanted to steal the car “and you jumped in the car with them. “Now everybody’s in trouble. “You got to stop that, you got to learn how to be a leader.”
Play To Win
Tell me this, do you feel any pressure because people say that now Shaq is in LA, we’re going to win a championship right away? I know that you probably came here to try and win a championship, but do you feel like all the pressure is on you to come and win one?
I really don’t believe in pressure. My job is to just go out and play well. And you know, you have to realize that all the expectations they set on me, those are the same expectations that I set for myself. I just want to come out here and win, Never give up, work hard, and continue to learn. Not only do I talk the talk, I try and walk the walk. I left LSU in 1992, in 2000 I received my Bachelor’s so my mom said she was going to whip me. Momma had an alter-ego too. And her name was Bigger Belt. In 2004, I received my MBA. In 2012, I received my Doctorate in Education.
Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Rules
- Follow your HEART (Evan’s Favorite Rule for an Entrepreneur Mindset)
- Use criticism as motivation.
- Focus on the solution.
- Master being different.
- Dedicate yourself 1,000 percent.
- Be motivated by competition.
- Value partnerships.
- Make them remember your name.
- Be an inspiration.
- Have fun.
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my Shaquille O’Neal video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.
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