Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal , known commonly as “Shaq”, is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. O’Neal is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time. He is a 7-foot-1-inch and 325-pound center who played for six teams over his 19-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is a four-time NBA champion.

5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Shaq:

[3:14] Tip #1

“Yes, my father was a drill sergeant and he was the type of gentlemen that you never question so when I was young, let’s say I went on a Saturday you know the plan at the local Boys and Girls Club. We celebrate trophy be there Saturday when I wake up on Sunday and be gone. So I never asked him why. So finally when I made it to the NBA, I had some I said why you should take all my trophies when I was young. He says I never wanted you to be satisfied. And you know it actually worked because I would come in and be like, Oh, you took the football trophy. Watch me get a basketball the basketball trophy watch me get a baseball…”

[7:14] Tip #2

“I learned that from the great Michael Jordan. They swept us I’m gonna say 95/96 Chicago Bulls versus Orlando Magic and I was devastated. And he just grabbed me and said before you succeed, you must first learn to fail. And I was like, What the hell is he talking about? And then I went back and I was looking. And I saw that a lot of great individuals, you know, fail before they succeeded. You know, Jerry West went to the finals, eight, nine times before they finally beat yourself. So now he told me to figure out I just have to, you know, figure out how to, you know, do things the correct way. And once I figured out I was able to get three in a row.”

[9:00] Tip #3

“Like, I remember these words, if you ever make a big-time, make sure you help those in need. And then on Thanksgiving, you know, he would go to the barracks where all of the troops and we would go, we’d have blankets, we have all the army rations that they were getting ready to throw away whenever we can spam, peanut butter bread given to the homeless people. So those are three things that I do today. Because of what a man and made $30,000 A year taught me from a woman who was a secretary probably made 20,000 a year they taught me that so you know a lot of people when they look at me in the chairs that I do. This is from the heart. Like sometimes when when when when I see people doing charities I could tell they just doing it for for the moment. Like for example whenever it’s a hurricane relief Thing, Thing, people who you never see do anything all of a sudden they just pop up and tweeting about it. Like I get like I tell people all the time. I do a lot of stuff seen and unseen doesn’t matter to me if you know that I just fed 10 dogs off and I’m doing this because this was what I was taught I’m doing it because to walk in there and see a family put a smile on their face for a day that’s just awesome.”

[11:10] Tip #4

“My mom comes in. She sent me up to say you know we don’t have no doctors in the family. Like what do you mean? We don’t have any PhDs and family. So I can be the first of all the O’Neal to be a doctor. Okay, I’ll be back. Sunday I go to Barry University took me five years, I become a Ph.D. It was awesome. And now not only it was awesome for me, but also for my kids. I went to a parent-teacher conference one time. And a guy recognized me as Dr. O’Neal. He didn’t call me Shaq, Dr. O’Neal, sir… we had a whole conversation. It was awesome. Like, you know, as a dad, that was awesome. Being Shaq is awesome, too. But, you know, I come in in a suit. And this guy, he addressed me talking I was like, like, I’m looking at my son and my son is looking really proud. Like, not only is he proud that I’m the Shaq-ster was also proud his dad is the doctor. So you know, I did it for myself, I did it for the muscle. And it’s a building here in Orlando. I want it. I want it so bad. And it’s a lot of great lawyers here in Orlando, see what I’m good at. I’m the black Jerry West, I can put a hell of a team together. So my goal is to just get these lawyers that got their own little law firm, put them together, and we make a hell of a partnership. But again, if I just buy a building, put my name on it with other lawyers, they’re going to be talking on my head, instead of saying, what do they know and understand that I also have a law degree. I’m in charge, everything will go right. So think about law school, not that I want to practice law. I just want to have a law firm. I take everything I want to be the new Johnnie Cochran of law.”

[14:22] Tip #5

“Investments not going to always go how you want to go business plans, not going to go how you want them to go. So you just have to regroup. My theory and my thought process is to never focus on the problem focus on the solution. I invested in his water company. It didn’t go well that money’s gone. Now I gotta 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.”

[16:28] Tip #6

“I never look at it as investments, believe it or not, I’m just looking at it as partnerships 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 could ask them oh my god, I don’t want to hear it. But if they bring an idea, to me, nothing’s gonna go to the next level. Most of the time if I follow my heart and everything else will fall in place. I’ve never ever done a deal “Hey, we got this suit company we throw some pinstripes in a suit to give me 100,000. We sell a 27 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. I felt it was going to help and inspire somebody”

[18:21] Tip #7

“You have to value partnerships. Like I’ve always been a basketball player have always played basketball I would, I can proudly say I’m a master of basketball. So now when I wanted to become a businessman like I had to go through the do’s and don’ts of business but you know to get respect as a businessman, I was like let me go ahead and get this master’s in business administration so they know and understand what I’m talking about. You know, I’ve always considered myself a leader. So you know my thought process was let me get this doctorate in leadership so people know and understand and my thought process on how I do things but I’ve always been smart enough to have people better than me on my team. So if I’m gonna start a magazine called TechCrunch best believe I have the techiest publisher my the techiest camera guys and techiest interviewers working for me rather than me trying to do everything by myself so you have to you know value you know, partnerships. For example, if I want 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 valued partnerships and always have people better than me and smarter me around me so they can motivate me so they could help me.”

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Instagram: @shaq

Twitter: @SHAQ




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