Magic Johnson continues to inspire budding entrepreneurs
Earvin “Magic” Johnson. PHOTO/File
High School and College students received a few basic principles on how to succeed in business from legendary basketball star, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, earlier this week. With candor, wit and all seriousness, the Hall of Fame “hooper” explained to more than 80 youth at the Ron Brown Youth Entrepreneur Summit his kernels of success and how he matriculated from athlete to businessman.
He said, “I was once poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams. My work ethic was off the chart. I grew up in a three-room house with six sisters and three brothers, six pants and three shirts, Kool-Aid and no sugar.”
In an inspiring one hour presentation meandering through the doe eyed youth and away from the podium, Johnson proved to relate to the youth’s current plight as budding entrepreneurs. “I’m from the hood too. Every experience will prepare you for success.
The summit offered African American youth from throughout the state, a one-day workshop to build their skills and explore the possibility of developing their own business and setting lofty goals with a plan to achieve them.
Johnson made a point to remind youth to give back to their community once they have succeeded. “Work hard and over-deliver.”