INNER EXCELLENCE

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field.

—VINCE LOMBARDI

My baseball career was a long, long initiation into a single secret: At the heart of all things is love.

—SADAHARU OH

Early in his career Shaquille O’Neal and his United States teammates traveled to Athens, Greece, to compete in the World University Games. A writer asked the seven-foot-one center if, during his visit, he had checked out the Parthenon.

“No,” O’Neal replied. “I haven’t been to all the clubs yet.”

Since that time the world has seen basketball’s manchild mature as an athlete and a person. Shaq’s biggest growth spurt came at age twenty-eight during his eighth pro season, when ...

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