Useful life lessons by Paul George

Barry Viloria on Jul 22, 2015 09:43 PM
Useful life lessons by Paul George
The Indiana Pacers recently dropped by in Manila for some real mentoring. He's got inspiring quotable quotes to back it up! (Photos by Vyn Radovan)

You know how some athletes suddenly become a little sermonic once they talk about their sports journeys? Think Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner… That’s how it was for NBA superstar Paul George at the recent opening of the House of Rise, the court, studio, and training ground built for reality TV basketball show Rise where he played mentor to Filipino basketball aspirants. (See bottommost photo.)

The Indiana Pacers star turned a little nostalgic and encouraging while discussing his role on the Nike-sponsored show. Of course, "longtime underdog" George is one to talk about working your way to the top. Remember last year when he suffered a leg injury after falling awkwardly at a scrimmage for Team USA? At the House of Rise event, he wowed the audience with a between-the-leg dunk as if nothing has happened. So, what more believable pieces of advice to receive than those from a champion himself? Tackling his rookie roots and his being an NBA big shot now with some side stories on his friendship with Danny Granger, George got us covered with some quotable quotes anyone of us might find useful in our everyday life!

Don’t let your fears get the best of you.

“First, we've got to believe that anything is possible. There's no limit to nothing. And that's something that I had to learn early—that you have to put the work into it and you have to put it all behind you. (For the) shorter guy who can't shoot or dribble the ball well, there's a way to overcome that…”

Be grateful for every opportunity that comes along.

“I've just been blessed to play this sport, this sport's been very good to me, the game of basketball has been great for me. (There’s been) a lot of travelling to beautiful places like (the Philippines) with beautiful people. I never, you know, take that for granted. As I play this game injured, it's that easy to take it away. So, every opportunity that I can to give back and help out, you know, I'm all for it.”

Learn from your mistakes.

“(Making mistakes)—that's part of life, that's part of this game. It's not a perfect game but it'll never be a perfect game. There are going to be mistakes along the way, but it's about how you push through and pride yourself in your career. That's what makes good players great players. And that’s a great lesson I've learned. When I'm off the court, I always make mistakes. I'm not trying to play the game perfect, that's why I play the game the way I learned to play it.”

Always try to be the best you.

“Being so young not knowing really how to do so. It's a tough challenge but I learned a lot about myself, my teammates guided me along the way and again. I worked so hard for that opportunity. I just had to make the most of it. I told myself it's either I'm at the bench or you know, I’d be starting this team. You know, it was plain and simple. I was just average. I wanted to be great, or else I'd be a terrible player. And that's what I had to tell myself. You know, it's time to step up to the plate, and be great for whatever comes through you.”

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