Former Arizona Wildcats forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson turns 22 today, but his wisdom is far beyond his years.
The second-year NBA player with the Brooklyn Nets took to Instagram this morning to relay an inspirational message to his followers.
He starts off with, “I’m 215lbs that’s a lot to break… stay with me.”
He the goes into thoughtful prose mentioning to his followers the passion necessary to maximize their potential.
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“Mistakes are what shapes us or breaks us, but if you’re not willing to shoot for the moon reaching for something or someone then you’ll never know your capacity,” he writes. “You cannot make or miss without a attempt you also cannot land if you never take off. I would be a fool if I let anyone limit my potential.
“We are all created by the creator for a reason, so embrace your reason build your legacy tell your story.”
Hollis-Jefferson, known for his shimmy shake at the free-throw line and his effervescence, does not appear to be overwhelmed by the pressure in the NBA after his two seasons with the Arizona Wildcats. He has the right kind of determination to stay motivated while also being humble.
He is living his life the best he knows how. That’s what it takes — self-confidence, especially at that level. He is averaging 8 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. In the last 10 games, he is at 10.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
“I just try to give the world a better significance,” Hollis-Jefferson writes. “With a Hollis Jefferson recipe, 100lbs of laughter, 40lbs of love, 30lbs of positivity, 20lbs of humility, 10lbs of faith, 10lbs of Stregnth, 5lbs of sugar to mix and stir it all up to give to everyone I encounter on my life’s journey.
“And yes I’m not perfect and I have my days but no creature on earth is and that’s what makes the universe diverse will you be another statistic or will you make a difference? Positive energy always creates elevation!!!! It doesn’t happen over night but that’s the course god puts you through, he cannot allow you to have more until he can know you are capable to handle what is already given… over time whether a little or a lot.. decisions decisions.”
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.