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the tao of olajuwon gentle giant-sized spiritual growth & business acumen meghan warby : @withoutayard
our journey <ul><ul><li>who  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>when </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wha...
hakeem who?
hakeem who?
hakeem who? <ul><li>center                      point guard </li></ul><ul><li>january 21, 1963            september 19, 19...
hakeem why?
hakeem when?
hakeem when?
hakeem what? the tao. <ul><ul><li>trust your gut. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bling is for chumps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
lesson one &quot;i really believed that houston was going to win the coin flip and pick the number 1 draft choice, and I r...
trust your gut. <ul><ul><li>losing team? you'll still stand out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ignore arbitrary timelines. jo...
lesson two  &quot;how can a poor working mother with three boys buy nikes or reeboks that cost $120? she can't. so kids st...
bling is for chumps. <ul><ul><li>disregard pricetags. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>doesn't align with values? don't endorse ...
lesson three  &quot;when you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore - because all the players are so talen...
shake it off. <ul><ul><li>if it works, keep doing it.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people are easily distracted.   </li></...
lesson four  &quot;i studied the qur'an every day...was soaking up the faith and learning new meanings each time i turned ...
prioritize. <ul><ul><li>faith shapes work, work doesn't shape faith. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rise above petty fights wi...
misc. hakeemery <ul><ul><li>traded to toronto = kiss of death. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>invest in real estate. </li></ul...
honour hakeem. <ul><ul><li>trust your gut. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bling is for chumps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shak...
check it. <ul><ul><li>dreamshake pwnage: http://bit.ly/dreamshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hakeem top 10:  http://bit.ly...
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Hakeem Olajuwon, the retired Nigerian American professional basketball player, is the oracle for all wisdom, strength, integrity and growth. At a crossroads in life, love, career or identity? Hakeem has the answer. Look beyond the NCAA/NBA records, rebounding prowess and innumerable hoops-related accolades to discover the Tao of the Gentle Giant.

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  • Good evening, as stated earlier, I&apos;m Meghan.   Brace yourselves.  I&apos;m gonna teach you &apos;The Tao of Olajuwon.&apos;  It&apos;s a sacred sect derived from NBA-fandom, founded by yours truly.   Hopefully by the end of tonight I will have recruited the roomful.  
  • Here&apos;s the pathway for our journey. As you can see, the Tao has been corrupted by many opportunistic shamen.   You think social media &apos;experts&apos; are bad?   Try maintaining the integrity of the tao
  • There are some basics to cover before we dive into improving your love life &amp; getting you a promotion. Allow me to introduce you to the godhead capable of answering all your personal dilemmas - Hakeem the Dream Olajuwon.
  • Hakeem&apos;s best known for his 2x NBA Championship winning leadership on the Houston Rockets. But his wisdom, achievements &amp; poise span far beyond 1994-95 I could rhyme off some really impressive statistics &amp; facts to correspond with this slide.   You know how to use  Wikipedia?  You trust me? Let&apos;s move on, then.
  • Admit that I don&apos;t have a lot in common with the man, we&apos;ve never met &amp; our moment of legalese - this is no way reflects Mr. Olajuwon&apos;s personal beliefs &amp; that he in no way endorses my proselytization 
  • So why Hakeem?   Why now?   Why you? Well, as you know, basketball is the bling-ingest sport.   It&apos;s got the most bravado, ridiculous characters &amp; over the top salaries &amp; endorsements, as the recent LeBron James fiasco demonstrates
  • For the most talented star to stay sane in this ridiculous environment - speaks volumes to their integrity &amp; should teach us something Not only is ball insane 1994 was crazier - NAFTA, Zapatistas at war, Mandela inaugurated as 1st black S/African president, OJ killed his wife &amp; Nancy Kerrigan got whacked!
  • This goes beyond 1994, tho - lot of folks ask me about my faith &amp; when i practice it. Like Hakeem - who fasted for Ramadan DURING the championships, there is no time when you SHOULDN&apos;T be practising the tao of Olajuwon 2 examples - when you&apos;re at a stock photography shoot or burglarizing a WASPy family
  • Let&apos;s distill this into four actionable lessons from the man himself: • trust your gut. • bling is for chumps. • shake it off. • prioritize. Shall we probe?  We&apos;ll do map a Hakeem parable for each lesson
  • 1983 he won the 1st &amp; only NCAA Player of the Year award for a player on a losing-team- the Houston Cougars He played college ball for another year &amp; had to decide whether he&apos;d stay in college or declare early for the NBA draft.   Turns out that 84 was the last year that 1st pick was decided  by a coin flip - &amp; he said this.   He just knew.  
  • What does this mean to you? -  Don&apos;t worry if you&apos;re on a losing team for now - that&apos;ll change -  Don&apos;t get mentally stuck in arbitrary timelines - when it feels right join/leave/change -  If you&apos;re really good you&apos;ll be scooped before the Jordans, Barkleys &amp; Stocktons of your time
  • Devout Muslim, humble, fluent in English, French, Arabic, Yoruba &amp; Ekiti Earned over $99M in salary in 18 yr NBA career  He should be blinging bigger than Biggie, right?  Wrong. He endorsed this shoe by Spalding - retailed for $35 - one of the FEW players in any pro sport to not go w/ the high profile brands.  Why?
  • What does this mean for you? -  disregard pricetags -  don&apos;t endorse items/practices that don&apos;t align with your values -  titling your bio &apos;Living the Dream&apos; is a supremely badass publishing move
  • The &apos;Dream Shake&apos; is Hakeem&apos;s trademark move that consistently demonstrated his speed, power &amp; most importantly CONTROL.   He traced this fake+spin combo back to his childhood spent playing soccer in Nigeria Dream shake is the apex of footwork among &apos;big men&apos; &amp; was lauded by every one of his peers/coaches/press/fans
  • What does this mean for you? - If it works, keep doing it.  That&apos;s the difference between &apos;cliched&apos; &amp; &apos;trademark.&apos; - People are easily distracted.  Misdirect them purposefully when necessary. - Being &apos;unguardable&apos; is hard work.  Pays off, tho.
  • He wasn&apos;t always the most zen player of all time - in college he talked smack to refs, had fights with other players &amp; racked up technical fouls. Then something just snapped - he became a devout Muslim, changed his name to the Arabic spelling of &apos;Hakeem&apos; w/ an &apos;H&apos; &amp; read the Qur&apos;an every day During Ramadan he strictly observed abstention from food/drink during daylight - &amp; in February of 1995 he still won Player of the Month
  • What does this mean to you? -  faith shapes work, work doesn&apos;t shape faith. - rise above petty fights with authority figures. - faith/discipline is a work in progress 
  • Some other nuggets of wisdom that didn&apos;t make it into the 4-pillars of the tao -  traded to toronto = kiss of death - invest in real estate - hakeem made even more millions as a property-flipping magnate in Houston - teach your daughters how to  play ball -  - seek out mentors.  be a mentor.  In 2006 - he opened Big Man Camp to teach footwork/repertoire; taught Yao Ming, as much as I hate to say this LA Lakers&apos; Kobe
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    1. 1. the tao of olajuwon gentle giant-sized spiritual growth & business acumen meghan warby : @withoutayard
    2. 2. our journey <ul><ul><li>who  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>when </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lessons 1-4 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>misc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>beverages </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. hakeem who?
    4. 4. hakeem who?
    5. 5. hakeem who? <ul><li>center                      point guard </li></ul><ul><li>january 21, 1963            september 19, 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>lagos, nigeria              parry sound, ontario </li></ul><ul><li>7 ft 0 in                   5 ft 2 in </li></ul><ul><li>255 lb                      none of your business </li></ul><ul><li>university of houston       university of toronto </li></ul><ul><li>pro career 1984–2002        pro career 2004-tbd </li></ul><ul><li>houston rockets (84-01)     austin music fndn(04-05) </li></ul><ul><li>toronto raptors (2001-02)   urban outfitters (05) </li></ul><ul><li>2× nba champion (1994-95)   eats a lot of cupcakes </li></ul><ul><li>nba mvp (1994) </li></ul><ul><li>12× all-star (1985-90,92-97) </li></ul><ul><li>2× finals mvp (1994-1995) </li></ul><ul><li>50th anniv. all-time team </li></ul><ul><li>basketball hall of famer </li></ul>
    6. 6. hakeem why?
    7. 7. hakeem when?
    8. 8. hakeem when?
    9. 9. hakeem what? the tao. <ul><ul><li>trust your gut. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bling is for chumps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shake it off. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prioritize. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. lesson one &quot;i really believed that houston was going to win the coin flip and pick the number 1 draft choice, and I really wanted to play in houston so i had to make that decision.&quot;
    11. 11. trust your gut. <ul><ul><li>losing team? you'll still stand out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ignore arbitrary timelines. join/leave/change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>every year has its jordans, barkleys & stocktons.  do your thing. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. lesson two  &quot;how can a poor working mother with three boys buy nikes or reeboks that cost $120? she can't. so kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. sometimes they kill for them.&quot;
    13. 13. bling is for chumps. <ul><ul><li>disregard pricetags. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>doesn't align with values? don't endorse it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>'living the dream' = badass bio title. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. lesson three  &quot;when you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore - because all the players are so talented - it's about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions.&quot;
    15. 15. shake it off. <ul><ul><li>if it works, keep doing it.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people are easily distracted.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>being 'unguardable' is hard work.   </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. lesson four  &quot;i studied the qur'an every day...was soaking up the faith and learning new meanings each time i turned a page. i didn't dabble in the faith, i gave myself over to it.&quot;
    17. 17. prioritize. <ul><ul><li>faith shapes work, work doesn't shape faith. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rise above petty fights with authority figures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>faith is a work in progress. make time for it. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. misc. hakeemery <ul><ul><li>traded to toronto = kiss of death. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>invest in real estate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teach your daughters how to play ball. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seek out mentors.  be a mentor. </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. honour hakeem. <ul><ul><li>trust your gut. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bling is for chumps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shake it off. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prioritize. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. check it. <ul><ul><li>dreamshake pwnage: http://bit.ly/dreamshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hakeem top 10:  http://bit.ly/hakeem10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lame website:  http://withoutayard.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>banal tweets:  @withoutayard </li></ul></ul>

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