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Aug 9, 2013

Former NBA Player now a motivational speaker

Former NBA player Derek Anderson is currently on a working visit to Belize during which he is sharing his life story, both as a professional athlete, as well as an established businessman, with the Belizean public.  Anderson, who has also embarked upon a career as a motivational speaker, gave a stirring presentation to an audience of businessmen, enterprising women and at risk youth this afternoon at the Radisson.  It was the second of two public addresses being made to introduce Stamina, an autobiography of Anderson on his life journey.  Aside from speaking on his success as an entrepreneur, Anderson spoke at length about overcoming adversities during his adolescence.

 

Derek Anderson, Former NBA Player

“It has been a great trip. My whole point of coming was to bring people together—from what I’ve been through to where I’ve come and I’ve done a great deed by just coming and sharing my story for other people to get out of their situations. So I have had a great trip. I plan on coming back several times…we are working on times now. It has been a blessing to come and share my life with other people who actually care about people. So I’m very blessed to be a part of Belize’s culture right now.”

 

Isani Cayetano

Derek Anderson

“What inspired you to share your story, your life story and your experiences as a motivational speaker with the Belizean public or the world at large?”

 

Derek Anderson

“What happened was I realized that my life was meant for a purpose. It wasn’t meant for me just to go through hard times and to die with that same problems that lot of people go through. So once I realized my purpose was to share and give other people the same encourage and same strength that I had through STAMINA; that’s the reason why I said I needed to help people. I felt like today’s society was giving up on each other. We are not helping each other, we are not supporting each other and my whole point is that that was the only way I survived to be able to get to the NBA, win championships, get a bunch of money and be able to help change our community. So I felt that we needed to continue to give back that.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What’s the driving force behind the transition from a career as an athlete to a businessman, an entrepreneur?”

 

Derek Anderson

“Well I think everything in you is for you. I was blessed to have the knowledge to understand that I had to work hard. And once I learned how to work hard, everything else was basically me continuing to figure out where my dreams were. And that’s all you need nowadays; a good positive attitude, a good character and a work ethic that no one can stop you from being what you wanna be. And that’s all I focus on now. So after basketball, I just continued to do what I did as working hard and excelling in anything that I tried. You are never too old to forgive people; you are never too hurt to love someone. And the toughest battles are given to the toughest people. Your resilient for a reason…there are single parents, their jobs are struggling, their children are going through ups and downs, but these strongest people will survive. And that is why we are going through what we are going though. It is a test and that test is to see how far we are willing to stick together. And now it is time for us to beat that test and stay together, come together as a community and everyone needs to come together in Belize and that’s how we win and be successful in our lives.”

 

Since retiring from the National Basketball Association, Anderson has gone on to become an author, a film producer, a philanthropist, as well as an inventor.

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4 Responses for “Former NBA Player now a motivational speaker”

  1. Da Undertaker says:

    The motivational speaker market is a big racket in the States.

    Congrats to Anderson. He has achieved more than I have. But, I have to ask, how much of his success money is he investing in Belize? How many entrepreneurial outfits of his will have their jumpstart in Belize?

    Until I get answers to my questions, Anderson can take his motivational bandwagon elsewhere.

  2. Professional speaker says:

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  3. Rita Adams says:

    Wow! This is good to know. It is nice that he find this career as a purpose for his life. I can just imagine how good it is to feel when you know that you are inspiring people and that you are helping them with their personal life and their career. I hope I can hear him talk one of these days. -http://allianceforintegrity.com/

  4. Motivational speaker says:

    good one

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