Charles Gordon is one of those quintessential rags-to-riches success stories. This one-time homeless vagabond has managed to carve out a $50 Million empire in music and real estate.
Interesting quotes from the Charles Gordon Interview:
"What society does is it uses fear to control people. It uses fear, and indoctrinates fear into us to stop us from believing we can do certain things."
"The only way to achieve certain goals is to eliminate the fear. You can't fear it. You have to just say, you know what, whatever happens happens."
"You've got to have that tunnel vision, focus on what your objectives are, and just keep going."
"For some reason, people in life seem to always look for the most complicated route to the end result."
"Be careful who you listen to. If you're going to get advice from anyone in the game, make sure it's someone who has done it before."
"90% of the population of the world are negative. They will find a million excuses why you can't achieve your objective.
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Bob Knight is known for his temper, and no one moment in Bobby Knight's career is better remembered than the "chair-throwing" incident. The Hoosiers had racked up 6 personal fouls in the first five minutes of the game, and Knight's rage against the refs boiled over. After complaining bitterly about the excessive foul calling, Bob Knight received a technical foul, after which all hell broke loose and he hurled a chair across the floor.
If you haven't seen this video, you must take a look. It's a college hoops classic.
Other Classic Temper Tantrums in Sports:
WTF?! This amazing man survived in the remote Alaskan wilderness for over 30 years. This is the type of guy who could live totally self-sufficiently in almost any setting.
- lives 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle
- lives in only national wildlife refuge to have polar bears
- cabin made only of moss and logs
- days away from any other human beings
While this lifestyle is clearly extreme compared to modern life, one must admit that it has its benefits. Time to think. Time to relax. These are lost luxuries as our modern life spins out of control.
No one can argue that Muhammad Ali outclasses Mike Tyson out of the ring (and likely inside the right too). But you have to take note when the two of them are together.
This rare video of the Arsenio Hall show captured Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali on the same stage together - to that point the only time the two had shared time on screen.
Herman Edwards Speech to NFL Rookies Part 1
Herman Edwards is one of the most inspirational speakers in the NFL. It's hard not to feel inspired when you hear him speak.
Herman Edwards Speech to NFL Rookies Part 2
Herman Edwards Speech to NFL Rookies Part 3
This Muhammad Ali speech really makes you think about the fleeting nature of life. It's interesting that a young man so on top of the world (Ali was the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World at the time of this speech) was able to have such perspective on life. Most think of boxing champions as being rather quite and brutish, but Muhamad Ali was nothing like that.
Ali's speech outside the ring was just as compelling as his dancing inside the ring. The boxing world hadn't seen such charisma from a champion before or since.
The topic of this video is the shortness of life. Ali points out that we spend so much time sleeping, commuting, and sitting at desks (in school and later at our jobs) that we actually experience far less quality time on Earth than we think. Life is just a fleeting blip, Ali argues, so we need to focus on preparing for the afterlife.
What poise and perspective must he have had to come to this conclusion while he was at the top of his fame.
Muhammad Ali Inspirational Video on Life
Ali Speech Transcript:
"When I retire from boxing, I really don't know. I'm gonna say something here that might make you all think. Life is not really long. Let's say the average person is 30 years old. If you're 30 years old, you're not but about 7 years old."
How can I prove it? Add up all the 7, 8, 9 hours you slept each night for 30 years. Last night when you went to bed and woke up this morning, you don't remember a thing. You've been unconscious for about 8 years if you're 30 years old.
How much traveling have you done in 30 years? You've probably spent two years of your life just traveling to get back and forth from where you're going. So there's 8 years of sleeping, two years of traveling, out of your 30 years of life before you accomplish anything.
How long do you sit in school? In America we sit in school from the 1st grade to the 12th grade, 6 hours per day. Break it down. You sit in a class room for about 3 years of your life without leaving.
So two years of traveling, 8 years of sleeping, 3 years of school, and how many movies have you gone to? How much entertainment? Probably two years of entertainment. And by the time you have children, by the time you've made a way for your children and you have a home, you're pushing 60 years old. So, life is real short. Add up all your sleeping, all your traveling, all your entertainment, all your school, and you've probably spent half your life doing nothing.
I'm 35 right now. In 30 years I'll be 65. We don't have much influence and can't do much of nothing at 65. Your wife will tell you that. And out of my next 30 years, I might have 16 years to be productive. So what am I going to do over the next 16 years? What's the most productive thing for me to do? Get ready to meet God.
Owning real estate. Getting rich in business. Teaching boxers. That won't get me to heaven. How many here believe there is a God that made the sun, the moon and the stars? So, what I'm gonna do when I get out of boxing, is to get myself ready to meet God.
It's a scary thing to think that I might be going to Hell and burn eternally forever. So when I get out of boxing, I'm going to do everything I can to help people. God doesn't praise me because I beat Joe Frazier. God don't give no care about England or America as far as our wealth. He wants to know how do we treat each other and how we help each other.
So, I'm going to dedicate my life to using my name and popularity to helping charities, helping people, uniting people. People are bombing each other because of religious beliefs. We need somebody in the world to help make peace. So when I die, if there's a Heaven, I want to see it."
Other Great Ali Videos
Tony Robbins tells us how to change our state in this video clip. We can't change our behavior until we change our state, which includes physiology, and Tony Robbins is the leading mind in this behavioral technique.
Partial Transcript of Tony Robbins on Changing Your State:
"What you want to do is train a new state. So when I was 17 I started doing incantations, not affirmations. Whith affirmations you go "I'm happy I'm happy I'm happy," but what's the problem?"
"You haven't changed your physiology. If you don't change your physiology, you won't get anything. So with incantations, not only do you speak it, but you embody what you are saying with all the intensity you can. And you do it with enough repetitions that it sticks in your head. So you use your body and your voice."
"So, 17 years ago I started doing things. I started working for Jim Rome the speaker. I was 17 years old, I had long hair, acne on my face, and I was trying to call on Bear Stearns type of people and convince them why they should go to this man's seminar and be more successful. I was driving a 1968 Volkswagen that I earned at $40/wk as a janitor."
"The only way I did it is park far from the building, and I'd go in and I'd love people and I'd believe, and I'd get in state, and I was able to influence people that were far more successful than I was."
Tony Robbins Basic Premise on Changing State
To change your state, you need to not only use words to motivate yourself, but you need to include your physical body, or "physiology" to really feel and experience a changed state. If you say "I'm the king of the world," but you're slumping in your chair and using a low tone of voice, then it doesn't really stick.
But if you stand up straight, puff out your chest, and smile while you feindishly growl "I'm the king of the world," then you are using your physiology to change your state. This is the crux of Tony Robbins' teaching on changing your state.
Tony Robbins Bio
Tony Robbins is one of the best known motivational speakers of our time. He is a practicioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, which is a personal development technology created in the 1970s. Robbins has a gift for public speaking, and is reported to earn well over $25 million per year in speaking fees. His popular self-help books include Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement and Awaken the Giant Within.
Alex Zanardi was a world champion race car driver who lost his legs in a horrible crash at the Euro Speedway Lausitz on September 15, 2000. Not only did Zanardi miraculously survive the crash, but he actually lived to race competitively again.
Anyone who has followed the incredible story of Zanardi's life, especially after his life-changing crash, must marvel at the incredible spirit and unflappable attitude of this great champion. He never seems down. Never appears to feel sorry for himself.
Here is a video detailing the Alex Zanardi crash:
Zanardi made headlines recently and won the hearts of a whole new generation of fans and admirers by winning the gold medal in the 2012 Paralympics cycling event:
One wonders what inner strength and determination one must have to always stay positive in the face of such life-changing, career-changing adversity.
"What I've learned in life is that the results you get are a simple consequence of the effort you put into it." ~ Alex Zanardi
Other famous athletes who have suffered career-ending injuries:
Joe Theisman - Washington Redskins - Theisman had an incredible career but will likely always be best known for his career-ending broken leg in a 1985 Monday Night Football game.
Reggie Brown - Detroit Lions - the former NFL linebacker suffered a sever spinal chord injury in just his 32nd game in the NFL.
Gerald McClellan - went blind and lost most of his hearing after a WBC super-middleweight fight with Nigel Benn at the London Arena in 1995.