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“Until you can’t do it no more” —ex-Warrior Stephen Jackson, 40, still ballin’ — Keep Doing What You Love to Do

What a lesson to us all! Stephen Jackson, “Stack Jack,” is a former NBA star for the Warriors, and he continues to play the game. He’s 40 years old and “still ballin’.”

It doesn’t matter that he’s not in the NBA.

It doesn’t matter that he’s not getting paid to be on a team.  

He loves to play ball.

That means he’s having fun, staying engaged and — He Keeps Doing What He Loves to Do!

We should all continue to do what we love to do. That’s why we are here… Jackson says:

“I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing.  I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

Read on for a great sports San Francisco Chronicle article on this inspiring player who continues to follow his passion. So should we!   

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‘Until you can’t do it no more’ —ex-Warrior Jackson, 40, still ballin’
San Francisco Chronicle, 5 July 2018

By Scott Ostler

“If you really love something, you gonna do it until you can’t do it no more,” he said. “And that’s how I feel about basketball. I’m good at it, so I play with a passion, and I’m gonna continue to play it. I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing. I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

If Bob Myers is looking for a 6-foot-8 swing-man who can run the point, shoot the three, play high-level defense, and give the Warriors some Draymond Green-level grit and leadership, he might want to wander over to Oracle Arena on Friday night. The Big3 — the upstart three-on-three professional basketball league — is in town. One of the teams, the Killer 3s, has this intense kid they call Stack Jack.

Stephen Jackson. Actually, Myers knows his team history and surely remembers that Jackson was the heartbeat of the “We Believe” Warriors who upset the top-seeded Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.

 

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That was a crazy, couldn’t-happen situation, so who can blame Jackson for still believing?

“You know what would be a great situation?” Jackson said in a phone interview. “I come out there (to Oakland), we have a good game and we win, and the Warriors sign me to a one year deal. Wouldn’t that be great?”

That’s the type of interesting people and accomplished ballplayers the Big3 is trotting around the country in its second season. At its first two stops this year, the one-day tournament drew an average of 15,000 fans. It’s playground style three-on-three, first team to 50 wins. There is a 14-second shot clock, and there are four-point-shot zones from 30 feet out.

 

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The league is stocked with players and coaches with Oakland background: Baron Davis (player), Gary Payton (coach) and Rick Barry (coach). Amy Trask, Al Davis’ longtime right-hand person, is the league’s chairwoman. They’ll play four games Friday at Oracle. Rapper and actor Ice Cube is the league’s co-creator.

Jackson, who is 40 and last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season, has fond memories of the “We Believe” days. Don Nelson, then the Warriors’ head coach not only welcome​d Jackson, he appointed him captain. Jackson responded by teaming with Davis, Monta Ellis, and Jason Richardson to lead the Warriors into the playoffs and over the stunned Mavericks.

“It’s easy to go out there and fight and scratch and play and sweat and bleed for guys that you consider your friends, your brothers,” Jackson said of the We Believers. “I been knowin’ Baron since I was 16, I been knowin’ Al since I was 19.”

“If you ask the fans in the Bay Area, they love winnin’ these championships right now, but they’ll tell you they got a special place in their hearts for us. It’s gonna feel good to come back to Oracle and play — I can’t wait to get that feeling back again.”

Jackson hasn’t lost an ounce of passion for the game. He plays in various leagues, in pickup games, works out daily, [and] says he’s in NBA condition.

“If you really love something, you gonna do it until you can’t do it no more,” he said. “And that’s how I feel about basketball. I’m good at it, so I play with a passion, and I’m gonna continue to play it. I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing. I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

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Stephen Jesse Jackson (born April 5, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA). Jackson won an NBA championship in 2003 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

Jackson was born in Port Arthur, Texas and spent his childhood there. Growing up, Jackson was raised by his mother, Judyette, a single parent who worked two jobs. As a teenager, Jackson worked in his grandfather’s soul food restaurant in Port Arthur, where he would wash dishes and bus tables. At the age of 16, Jackson’s half-brother Donald Buckner died at 25 years old from head injuries after being jumped. Following the violent tragedy, Jackson said that he wished he could have been there to assist and protect a member of his family. “You can’t tell me seeing his brother die that way hasn’t had an effect,” recalls Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh. “To me, it’s why he is always coming to the help of his teammates.” On July 22, 2015, Jackson announced his retirement. In 2017, Jackson joined the BIG3 basketball league.

The above is an excerpt. Read more of his biography here.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Don’t Ever Give This Up: Humble Will

peak-299011_640Don’t ever give this up.  Your Humble Will.   It’s your commitment to persevere.

Business models will change and do change. Systems change, marketplaces change, technology changes.

But your Humble Will to persevere cannot.  Your organization relies on it; your team must know it. And you must found this commitment to persevere deeply within your soul and daily execution.

Please note I add “humble will.” It’s a listening commitment, a listening perseverance. You can’t just bulldoze ahead….. You have to be in touch with your marketplace, sector, clients, board, partners, team in order to know the best way to go, each moment, each day. And that takes humble listening.

Don’t ever give up your Humble Will to persevere.

The Pamela Positive: Make Criticism Yield to You

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.”  –Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how hard it is, we have to face challenging feedback and take some step of action. It’s not easy… but the more we do it, the more we become accustomed to it.   To being honest with ourselves…and to overcoming the challenge.  We grow, we excel, and we move on, up and over it.   With that honesty, as Goethe states, “(the criticism) will gradually yield to him.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer and artist, and a leading figure in German literature.  His works include The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust.  He was highly influential to the 19th century.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Make the Most of the Abilities We Have” – Jim Abbott

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“Never allow the circumstances of your life to become an excuse. People will allow you to do it. But I believe we have a personal obligation to make the most of the abilities we have.”
– Jim Abbott

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Jim Abbott is a former Major League baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for teams including the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. In 1993, Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, and in 1988 pitched the final game to win the United States an unofficial gold medal in the Summer Olympics. Throughout his career, teams tried to exploit the fact that Abbott played with one hand, but their tactics were never effective. Today, Abbott works as a motivational speaker, living in California with his wife, two children and their dog. His parents still live in Michigan, where he grew up. Abbott and his family take the summer off each year to stay at the lake and visit with family and friends.

The Pamela Positive: Dag Hammarskjold Gives Hope to the World

Dag Hammarskjold was such a wonderful model of what the U.N. can be and do.  As Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961, Hammarskjold was known for his unrelenting energy in striving to create fairness, harmony, peace and collaboration in many corners of our world.  He represented hope and reconciliation for so many.

Hammarskjold flew around the world to try to help so many countries needing support–and independent of whether there was an economic interest there, as it should be.  He acted as a force for the U.N., representing fair involvement for all countries: for example, during one Arab crisis in 1958, the U.S. and Britain sent troops to help Lebanon and Jordan. But Hammarskjold was able to get removal of these troops, and one-sided involvement in the crisis, to stop. He then brokered Egypt lifting its blockade of Syria (which would not join the Arab League.)

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In the 1950s he helped obtain the release of U.S. airmen held captive in China. In approaching the Suez Crisis, when Egypt nationalized the canal, Hammarskjold was able to broker French, British and Egyptian collaboration to keep it open.  Meanwhile, Israel attacked Egypt and the peace process was upset.  With Mr. Hammarskjold’s leadership, U.N. Forces were able to maintain a peaceful solution until a longer term solution was reached.  Laos faced extreme danger and he was able to place UN representatives there, which provided watchful protection.  He became part of a very longterm process against apartheid, meeting several times with the Union of South Africa and striving to open up attitudes of equality and fairness regarding race.

Hammarskjold’s last challenge was the crisis in the Congo where violent civil war was ensuing. Here he had brokered leaders to  meet in neutral territory to resolve the conflict.   Unfortunately, his plane was shot down and he did not survive.

Dag Hammarskjold was mourned by the world. He was seen as an extremely strong leader led by principles; absolutely tireless and needing little sleep. It was as if he were “on call” for the world.

“The world in which I grew up in was dominated by principles and ideals…I inherited a belief that no life was more satisfactory than one of selfless service to your country or humanity.  This sacrifice required a sacrifice of all personal interests, but likewise the courage to stand up unflinchingly for your convictions.”

Hammarskjold also created a meditation room or peace room in the U.N.  It is a place only for thoughts, no words, and embraces all types of prayers.  There is a stone in the middle of the room with nothing on it, and yet a shaft of light shines directly there. It is dedicated as an altar to harmony and freedom that is worshipped in many forms, by different countries and peoples, in many varied ways all over the world.

The Pamela Positive: Olympic Trainer and Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman Tells Us, It’s Already Inside

Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.” – Bill Bowerman

I love Bill Bowerman’s quote, as he speaks to the potential and belief in each one of us…  We should always strive to be our best and to believe in ourselves, even if we don’t always achieve our immediate goal.  The importance is in the process and our motives.

We should treat ourselves and others with the utmost care, meaning, “we believe!”  The alternative is costly to our health, to what we can achieve, and to what the world will miss…

What I love is that Bill Bowerman translated this belief across many areas — personal values, sports training and business. Believing isn’t relegated to any sector!

Bill Bowerman was a track and field coach for the University of Oregon.  In his 24 year career he trained 31 Olympic athletes, twelve American record holders, 51 All-Americans and 24 NCAA champions.  One year he won 4 NCAA titles.   In 1964 he became the co-founder of Nike.  He and his wife Barbara were married for more than 60 years.

The Pamela Positive: Undertake Something So Great You Cannot Accomplish It Unaided

Phillips Brooks, an educator and spiritual leader, advised us to push ourselves into the unknown for a special reason: To become spiritual.

Well, you might ask, “Why is being spiritual so important? I simply want to create a great company, write a book, or scale Mount Kilimanjaro.”

The qualities it takes to do any of the above, and anything miraculous, cannot be seen. They are:

Perseverance: Don’t ever think of giving up…
Thoughtfulness: Care in building a team…
Inspirational: Being able to paint your vision in a way that excites others and compels them to take action…

You must have these qualities to build successful relationships and enduring companies.  Yet all of these are qualities which are not required in school, home or job.  And yet they are the invisible glue which will allow you “…to undertake something so great you cannot accomplish it unaided.”
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They are not material or physical. They are spiritual.

“We never become truly spiritual by sitting and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.”  – Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks was an American clergyman in the Episcopal church during the 19th century.  He published several books of lectures and sermons, as well as authoring the popular Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”  He was highly regarded as a preacher and a patriot.