Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers.
NFL players offered some wise advice at the Youth Empowerment Summit in DC last week, hosted by United Way and Team NFL.
1. “Pay attention and heed the advice you’re given.” – Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Everyone takes things for granted — food, shelter, sweet-potato fries — but think about all the tidbits of wisdom you’ve gathered (willingly or not) over the years. Maybe we shouldn’t always let them go in one ear and out the other or gather dust bunnies somewhere in our memories.
2. “There’s a journey that it will take you on that will be very unexpected, but it’s a beautiful journey.” – Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles
Asomugha prefaced the above quote with this statement: “Find your passion.” Passion is an inner drive you can’t explain, that determination that doesn’t require four cups of coffee. And think of your journey so far — pretty unexpected right? So many changes during your four years of college — and that’s just the beginning when it comes to the chapters of your life.
3. “Learn how to say no.” – Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens
This quote is taken from a financial context. Your first paycheck is going to be exciting, and that deposit Mom made last week is awfully tempting, but remember — you have your whole life. Today is followed by tomorrow, which is followed by next week. If you can’t afford it, if you can’t fit it into your schedule, if you’d rather sleep in than tutor someone — say no. No isn’t always negative, just like yes isn’t always positive.
4. “Give yourself an extra hour of recess.” – Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Remember recess? Remember when you got to middle school, and sometime during the first day you were rudely awakened to the fact that those precious 45 minutes of outdoor play time had vanished from your routine? I certainly do. Find a way to get it back.
5. “Take a wide array of classes for your first semester.” – Vincent Rey, Cincinnati Bengals
This is especially relevant during your first year of college, but you can also think of every beginning of every chapter of your life as your first semester (hey, it’s also an easy way to believe you’re staying in college forever!). You may think you know exactly what you want, but often it’s the unwanted and unexpected that becomes the most memorable.
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