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…

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…

THOUGHTS

The man is a massive inspiration

Al Sharpton.
“Governor Phil Murphy and Reverend Al Sharpton deliver remarks at the National Action Network/NJRC Re-entry facility in Newark on June 23rd , 2020 (Edwin J. Torres/GovernorÕs Office).” by GovPhilMurphy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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…

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.
“Mike Tyson, a Man of the People” by shelbysdrummond is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mark Leffingwell

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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