ADVICE

They have provided an essential foundation for my life

wisdom.
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My grandmother was about as wise as a person could get. She died in 1998, but the lessons and messages that she instilled in me continue to shape and guide my life.

Here are five timeless lessons that she taught me that were life-changing.

1. Clothes Don’t Make the Man

When my classmates were mocking me…


LIFE LESSONS

It must be sincere for it to work

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Sometimes a goal can feel impossible to achieve. The more you think about it, the more you become discouraged.

It usually happens with something that seems too big to happen, but faith can make impossibility a reality.

Years ago, I desperately wanted to get hired by a sales organization that…


LIFE LESSONS

It takes the right focus

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Instead of looking for a quick fix or begging others for advice, I found that your own self-awareness can destroy bad habits.

Yes, I know. It’s a bigger shock than finding out that R. Kelly should be banned from recess — but it’s true. …


SPORTS LEGENDS

Five games into his comeback produced a masterpiece

MJ in NYC 3/28/95.
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The Setup

Michael Jordan’s famous two-word fax, released to the world on March 18, 1995, was simple in its audacious declaration that the seminal basketball giant was ending his 17-month retirement to return to playing in the NBA.

However, the “I’m Back” fax was a bit misleading in the fact that MJ’s…


OPINION

The iconic golfer was raised as a robot

Tiger Woods.
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After watching HBO’s riveting two-part documentary on Tiger Woods, I came away awestruck and shocked. …


THOUGHTS

The man is a massive inspiration

Al Sharpton.
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I have been aware of Al Sharpton for at least 25 years. I don’t ever think about his politics or even his controversies throughout his long career. But I absolutely admire him because of his dramatic physical transformation and his ongoing dedication to maintain that.

There was a moment in…


ADVICE

It is not for the faint of heart

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Introduction

I just completed my 140th workout in a span of 180 days. Who knew that changing your life would suck so damn bad?

Maybe you can relate. I hope so, because in the midst of the “sucking,” it’s also a fascinating journey of self-discovery. …


NBA HISTORY

Looking back on the legend’s shocking comeback

Bulls Pacers 1995
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The Setup

As my “F” riddled senior year at Glenville High School stretched into its final few months, I was one distracted guy.

Distracted from even caring about my piss poor academic performance and the nearly guaranteed first failure of a grade in my entire school career.

This was March 1995 and…


SPORTS LEGENDS

The once-controversial ex-boxer has surprisingly become a role model

Tyson.
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For many years, I observed Mike Tyson from afar, not really as a fan but I was definitely aware of his legendary status in the world of boxing. I had also known about the many controversies and transgressions in the man’s life, but still, I never paid him much attention.


SPORTS LEGENDS

He doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his career postscript

MJ with the Washington Wizards.
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Introduction

When Michael Jordan announced that he was coming out of retirement to play for the Washington Wizards, I was conflicted. On the one hand, it really intrigued me that I would get to see the greatest basketball player in history (my all-time favorite)back in uniform. …

Deante L. Young

Personal Development Writer | Deante Unlimited podcast, Host | Deante: Under Construction web series, Star | Deante Young Enterprises, Chief Creative Architect

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