During a conversation with Compton-based rapper Problem, San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan gave insight to his humble approach to success.
Not everyone in San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan’s position got to the heights of success that he did. Working as hard as he did took a concentrated effort that many of us couldn’t fathom, but it’s how he became an All-Star and icon within his community. Unfortunately, not everyone around him had what it took to make it — And I’m not talking about basketball talent.
Natural talent can only take you so far. A diligent mindset and humble approach to your craft is what gets people to the heights they dream to achieve. He touched on this and more during the first part of a conversation with Compton rapper Problem. During a new series called “Morning Walks” on the 50Million Media YouTube page, DeMar opened up about his mindset.
“If you don’t stay humble in this sh*t, on your way down, you’re going to see the same ones you passed going up. I’ve seen so many motherf***ers to this day like that to this day,” DeRozan said. “That’s why I keep a humble mindset and try to give all the knowledge I got to the young motherf***ers and let them know ‘As quick as this come, it’ll go.'”
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Hopefully, he’s passing that on to his teammates in the San Antonio Spurs locker room. Understanding that nothing is forever and you’ll remain stagnant unless you know your place and work to be the best version of yourself is the key to success. Those who enter their field with an entitled mindstate who don’t work hard won’t succeed. Whether it be basketball, rapping or sports writing, the fact remains.
It’s a whole different ballgame coming from Compton, where making it out of your hometown is the goal. DeRozan talked about that earlier in the interview but quite frankly, it applies to people coming from harsh situations everywhere. There’s no way for you to elevate your life and put yourself in a better place without being true to yourself, exemplifying humility and putting in the manhours necessary to grow.
DeRozan remains one of the most real athletes in professional sports. He’s an inspiring figure for San Antonio Spurs fans, of course, but also for anyone trying to make a better life for themselves.
We don’t know what the offseason holds for DeMar and the San Antonio Spurs, but the fanbase should cherish him for as long as he’s around.