Shaq “Blesses” Somebody Every Day

Shaquille O’Neal is a retired NBA Hall of Famer. He is still a commentator on TNT during the NBA season. He is universally liked by people from all ages, races and backgrounds. He has earned a lot of money over the years and has invested wisely. He is wise enough to understand that he could never spend it all, so he has made the conscious decision to “bless” somebody every day that he is alive. He is the guy who takes selfies, signs autographs and talks with strangers. He is also the guy who goes out of his way to buy things for complete strangers. He does this every time that he goes out. It’s his way of paying it forward.

“I wake up every day and I try to do something positive, I try to lift a person’s spirits. If I stick to those principles, I think I’m doing pretty good as a man in this society.”

Joe’s Perspective: You might say to yourself, “It’s easy for him to be that nice, he’s rich.” While you would be right, he is rich, there are also a ton of wealthy people who don’t do this for others. This attitude of gratitude is a by-product of a saying his mother had: “It’s not about you, it’s about them.” He also knows what it’s like to struggle, so he wants to help others who are struggling now. He sees this as his responsibility.

My other perspective is that it’s easy to be impressed by Shaq’s gestures and go back to your normal life. However, we can all have the same attitude, we can all have an “attitude of gratitude” and we can all “wake up every day and try to lift someone’s spirits.” It doesn’t cost any money and you don’t have to be an adult. It can start with a decision. From that decision, you might be surprised at what you can do for others in a given day.  I hope you try it.

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Comments 13

  1. i think it’s very generous that shaq is giving back after getting so much. it shows what a real sport he is

  2. Shaq is showing compassion to people because he is a giving person, he is giving back for what he has earned. He’s earned a lot of money throughout his career of everything he has done, and he is giving back to everyone and being a good compassionate person. He has earned everyone’s trust just by being a good person, I’ve never met him but I would trust him with my life.

  3. shaq was putting his time into making people happy and joyful and its nice because that shows people that not all big sucsecful people are rude or just ignore you

  4. This blog shows leadership because Shag blessed kids everyday and now he inspired other people to do what he did

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