Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles What dream or vision do you want to turn into reality? Your dream is only a dream until it has a plan. You can dream of the kind of life you want, you can dream of the kind of change you want, you can dream of the kind of future you want but until you wake up and begin to plan to get there it will only be a dream. If you want to be the best you must be obsessed with it. Getting better isn't a hack or a trick or a one change that you need to make. Getting better is a campaign. It's a campaign, it's a daily, a weekly, it's an hourly fight. An incessant fight that doesn't stop against weakness and against temptation and against laziness, it's a campaign of discipline. The campaign of hard work and dedication it's waking up early and going to bed late and grinding out every second in between, every single day. I believe that I can create whatever I want to create if I can put- put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns and you know, I just it's hard to put into words. Real metaphysical esoteric nonsense but I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be. The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill, right? I will run. You will not be outworked. I will not be be outworked. Right. Period. You know you might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories but if we get on the treadmill together, right? There's two things. You're getting off first yeah or I'm gonna die. It's really that simple, right. So let's go back to the question about what if people block me out. It's going to be two options. Yeah. I'm gonna get back in or I'm gonna be dead. Yeah, right. It's like you're not going to outwork me it's a- it's a very, it's such a simple, basic concept. It's the- the guy who is willing to hustle the most is gonna be the guy that just gets that loose ball, you know he got that, oh he got two, he got - ooh god he's hustling grabbed that one, that was gonna be out of bounds but he saved it back in. It's like, the commodity that I see, the majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business, is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being outworked, it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I honestly- I honestly believe that if you're, if you're focused and passionate and driven you can achieve anything you want to achieve in life because, I honestly believe that because you'll figure it out, you know what I mean. We have control of our minute, our hour our day, our week, our month and our year. Stop running around being on the receiving end of whatever people want to dump on you. You showed up you accepted that invite you invited these people to your house you're in a relationship with that man you're in a relationship with that woman. That's you so how do you feel at the end of your night? How easy and how convenient is it for us to blame everything and everybody for the things that we have going on in our lives. There is a such thing as you being a positive and a great person with the best of intentions towards everybody and shit is rough and you just can't get a break but most of you most of you are waking up every day looking for pain, dysfunction drama, unemployment, being broke, struggling, dropping every excuse in the book about your childhood and the problems and dysfunction that you grew up in that's stopping you from becoming successful. You don't like your friends so why are you still with them? You don't trust your managers agents and lawyers so why are they still there? Do you really expect your life and career to be any different from messing with the same things people and situations. That's all I'm saying. Are the things that you're doing the people that you're hanging out with and the places and the circles that you're traveling in does that reflect a person that actually loves themself? If you love yourself why would you fuck with those type of people? You know what they're saying about you behind your back you know they're jealous and envious of who you are and the things that you got going on in your life, in your career. You know that they don't like you and they've made it clear they've sent you every sign imaginable that they could possibly send you and because you're so desperate to have people around you and in your life you continue to go back you continue to show up to everything they invite you to knowing what they're saying about you.I'm not preaching separatism. I don't want a bunch of people to just be alone at home doing nothing with no friends no family and nothing to do I'm saying that at this point you are old enough and mature enough to understand the difference in good people and bad people and when you're hanging out with negative dark and dysfunctional people you cannot expect yourself to go to sleep at night and rest. You cannot expect yourself to feel good about your day when you're including negative and dysfunctional people in your day. Stop being a lazy person that's full of excuses, sitting around on the pity party coming up with every excuse in the world as to why you ain't winning. You are the reason you're not winning you keep messin with negative evil and dysfunctional people and expecting positive results. It's time you get off the pity party stop complaining about being out of shape when you never go to the gym stop looking at your stomach when you get out of the shower and your body and complaining about the way you look when you're eating everything in sight and never going to the gym. You are the reason you look the way you look, you're the reason you're unemployed, you're the reason why your surroundings are so dysfunctional and negative. You could still be in the hood, broke and living a peaceful life. It's a choice. We are being raised in a generation of people that come up with every excuse in the book as to why they are not winning. You have that as a choice. You actually do. You don't wake up in the morning and negativity, dysfunction, problems and issues just randomly pop up. These are the people that you have decided to include in your life so the outcome of your day, your hour, your minutes, your week, your month and your year is always draining, always dysfunctional and always crazy because these are the type of people you've decided to include in your day to day life. You got 24 hours in a day. When you go to sleep at night how are you going to feel about your day, all depends on who you decide to include in your day. Stop running around acting as if you don't have a choice, you do have a choice. Excuses sound best to the people that's making them up. You got every excuse in the world. That's why you ain't moving, that's why ain't nothing change and nothing will change because you have convinced yourself that everything is wrong, everything is neva - negative and nothing will change and guess what? It won't change. Change your mind and it will change your life. Change, if nothing around you changes, change the things that are around you. I'm tired of it. I'm frustrated with the amount of people that are not successful because they have thought their way into a depression you have thought your way into negativity and misery you have thought your way into holding on to a dude or a girl that you broke up with a year or two ago and you're still sad and miserable and they've moved on with their life. It's all in the mind change your mind and it will change your life you just have to you just have to wake up you just have to break that negative spirit you have to break through all of that shit that your in care of. I don't want to to I don't feel sorry for you you feel sorry for yourself that's the problem even when positive people are trying to give you all this good energy you have tricked your mind to turn every positive thing that they say into something negative every time they say anything to try and motivate you and inspire you you you turn every negative thought and every you turn every positive thought every positive intention everything that they trying to to boost your spirits up you flip it shake it manipulate it and you if you are so determined to be negative and miserable. It's unbelievable. So what you grew up with them? So what they're childhood friends? So what they're family? We have a responsibility to walk in the direction of peace I want to laugh I want to smile, I wanna enjoy myself. I actually want to feel good about the people that are around me because you're inviting me doesn't mean I want to show up because you're calling me doesn't mean I'm going to call you back because you want me to be there doesn't mean that I want to be there because we're family because we're friends because we grew up together doesn't mean that I want to be a part of any and everything that you want me to be a part of. Why? Because my experience with you hasn't necessarily made me feel good about my my life or my experience at the end of every night because you go to sleep at night doesn't mean you're resting. Because you close your eyes at night and you are asleep physically doesn't mean that you're actually resting and the reason that you don't rest is because while you're awake everything and everybody thats in and around your life is so full of issues problems insecurities dysfunction negativity your mind is and your spirit is in turmoil. Issues problems, arguments, yelling, screams dysfunction I want you to stop playing the victim you are not the victim you decided that those are your friends you decided that those are the people that you want to spend time with you decided this is what you wanted to do with your day when you get invited to places doesn't mean you have to show up no one wants to be alone why spend the rest of your life being miserable frustrated and insecure? Not really feeling as good as you have a responsibility to feel feeling good isn't just an opportunity feeling good is a responsibility that we all have for ourselves and guess what I actually don't care what you say about me I don't remember the last time I lost sleep over a hater and the things that people are running around saying blogs websites conversations tweets and I don't lose sleep over haters. Why? Because I know exactly how I feel about me and even if something appears to be very different than what it really is I don't even mind that you're talking shit about the things that you're assuming that's really going on the question is are you just going to look at this video and decide wow that was some powerful shit and do the same thing? But it's a new day... it's a new day. The most important commodity in this world is time. Time is priceless. Time is the essence of what you do each and every day. See a lot of people show up at a job and they work and work and work and they don't like it or they show up at school and they study study study, take tests and don't like it. But for some of us we've went to a place to where we realize that all of that is for something to make us better. That's a mindset. That's not despising small things, that's realizing that a higher power is in charge to get you on a path and with your freedom of choice you can make yourself even greater. Success is not overnight. It's studying, it's learning, it's growing, it's falling down and getting back up, it's failing and failing forward. It's not quitting, it's late nights, early mornings, no alarm clock, passion waking you up, it's something inside and innate ability that makes you feel like 'I am something and I'm gonna be something.' Never, never let anybody tell you different. So I need you to believe you can move past depression, anxiety, fear and all these emotions that come in that are not part of what you're gonna be one day. I know it's tough but time and time again, the tougher it is, the better it's gonna make you. We can't shy away from the things that are tough because those are the things that make us get better and better and better. That's practice. That's in and out, that's rep after rep, time after time, lap after lap, lesson after lesson, paper after paper, book after book, training our mind to get better each and every day. That's in you, you have built been built for this. You can't quit. You can do it. Not depression, not learning disabilities, not stress, not family, not finances, not being the smartest one in the class, not being a great test taker, you can do this! You have been built for this. Nothing just happens. You are in this situation for a reason and you are built for this. This is your time. This is your moment. This is your destiny. So stop wasting time. Well for me, I mean ya, you visualize where you want to be and what you want to accomplish and you kind of get lost in the process of day-to-day, you know grinding it out working, pulling all nighters if you have to, um you know it's just about not losing vision and not losing sight of what you're, what you're trying to accomplish no matter what hurdles you have to go through so I think that kind of relates to whatever you're doing, whatever you know major you've chosen, or what you're interested in so for me and basketball and it's about you know, visualizing whether you write it down and put it on the wall, do something with it, what your goals are and get lost in the process of day to day grind, day to day getting better every single day, asking questions, aligning yourself with people that have been through it before that- that are experienced and leaning on that advice and just trying to outwork the next person and that's the biggest thing. Something you said there, you- you're reaching your peak, do you think though you can still take it to another level or do you think this is as good as it's going to get for you? Well I like to use one quote that the limitations exist only in our minds and if you start using imaginations then your- your possibilities become limitless so that's that's kind of a mindset that I have, I use my imagination, I- I do see myself achieving more, I'm hoping, I'm working hard on it and not only myself but the entire team around me. You cannot grow without legitimate suffering, you cannot grow without legitimate suffering. Rainbows follow storms, my last book, the favorite- favorite chapter was lost creates leaders. Nobody woke up in the morning and said I want to start a Cancer Foundation. People who start Cancer Foundation's are people whose lives have been impacted somehow by cancer, rainbows after storms. Intelligence can create huge profits and in fact, you can actually make more money being smart than you can being strong or fast. Expect difficulties is something I think everybody in this room has gotten into Harvard, some of you probably are here, snuck in but I don't care let's just say for a point of argument that everybody here got into Harvard and you feel this incredible pressure to succeed and I gave a speech here back in 2000 and at the end I said 'Fame is a little like a white tuxedo, it looks good or success is a little like a white tuxedo it looks good but you're very afraid of getting it dirty and it can inhibit you' and I think I would tell my 19 year old self that everything you're feeling right now, I used to think that if I could look at someone like myself, I thought they had figured it all out and they were fine and wouldn't it be magical if I could be, have my own show and be funny and everyone knew who I was and most people liked it, that would be a great thing and it would solve all my problems and I would like my future self to say that's not the case. It's actually day by day, how you do your work, how you conduct yourself, how you treat people you know what, the joy you get out of your work that that is far more important. Allow for mistakes, allow for problems. I've had my career blow up on me about two different times and I'm still here and very grateful and I learned a lot during those moments and wouldn't really change a thing about any of it and you just have to be willing to screw up and not freak out when you do screw up because you will screw up. I mean you're really going to screw up.