5 Awesome Life Lessons From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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NBA Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has forged quite a second career for himself since the end of his playing days. He's now something of a social and pop culture commentator, a thoughtful writer who just happens to be a 7-foot tall multimillionaire, a sagacious elder hoping to share with the world a lifetime of wisdom and unique experiences. 

Kareem recently wrote a post for Esquire describing the 20 life lessons he wishes he'd known when he was 30 years old. Some of them are specific — if only he'd learned French! — but others reflect his lifelong dedication to knowledge, a worldwide understanding of philosophy and a yoga practice that was lightyears ahead of its time by Western standards.

Here are our five favorite quotes from his post; perhaps it's no surprise that Abdul-Jabbar followed his current path, considering the fact that his college coach created the Pyramid of Success.

1. "Impatience is the official language of youth. When you’re young, you want to rush to the next thing before you even know where you are."

2. "Do one thing every day that helps someone else."

3. "It’s not that important to win an argument, even if you 'know' you’re right. Sometimes it’s more important to try a little tenderness."

4. "Do more yoga."

5. "Some stuff can be fixed, some stuff can’t be. Deciding which is which is part of maturing."

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