Basketball Legend David Robinson Shares Business Advice | in-person | J.P. Morgan


It’s always been important to
me, personally. And I’m glad to see more people
are paying attention to how they’re investing and
what they’re investing in. And they’re trying to do a
better job of measuring the impact of their
investing. I think those are all very
good things. Right? You learn kind of how to be
involved and giving the money is kind of the last piece of the
puzzle. You giving your time and your
experience and your thought process, giving
of yourself is the part that people are
going to benefit the most from. I’d say the very first thing is
to figure out what you’re good at and what
you’re passionate about. Because any type of giving is
going to be a drain on you and your resources. And you better enjoy what you’re
doing. So, I’d say number one is find
where your strengths are, where your passions are. And then number two, find people
in that area who are doing great work and
either take from what they’re doing or
partner with them. I think I have a good sense of
who I am and what I do well and what I
bring to the table. And I’m not afraid to go and ask
somebody to come alongside of me and to
help. And I think I learned that in
sports. Putting a team together, you
have to know your strengths. And you have to be able to take
advantage of the other people’s strengths
around you and work together. Because I go into the
philanthropy world and I know very little about building schools or
sustaining schools. And just getting around the
right people and spending 25 years learning
for myself, it has been a good experience. Same thing with business. I’m way behind all my
contemporaries in business, but I’m not afraid to ask the
right questions and partner with the right
people. And, hopefully, over time my
experience and my understanding will get to a level where I can
be very effective. Get a skill set. Right? I see a lot of the young people
now, they’re jumping from job to job. And they’re trying to find the
opportunity that’s going to move them
forward the most. I would argue get your skill
set, get to be an expert at something, and then
build on that. It’s kind of a bad thing when you get 5 years, 10 years
down the road, and you’re not great at any one
thing. So, I’d say spend those first
years, those early years becoming very good at
something.

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