ESPN Pundit Gives Must-Watch Speech To Syracuse’s Football Team About Life [VIDEO]

David Hookstead | Reporter

ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith recently gave an awesome speech to Syracuse’s football team.

Smith talked about what it means to be brilliant, how to get ahead and the importance of surrounding yourself with people smarter than yourself.

Smith said, in part (transcription via BroBible):

When I give speeches, I tell people all the time: ‘I’m brilliant.’ Because I know I’m not. I’m never satisfied.

I learn from people who are brilliant and I steal knowledge from them.

The same is applicable to you. If you see somebody that’s better than you. If you look in your mind’s eye and you know that somebody has something that you don’t, why not ask yourself why? Why not ask yourself how can you get it?

I agree with pretty much every single word that Smith said in that speech. I agree with almost all of it.

Listen, you simply aren’t going to get ahead in life if you believe you’re the smartest person in the room. That’s just part of life, and if you actually are the smartest person in the room, then I suggest finding a different room to be in. (RELATEDSEC FANS DON’T LIKE TO USE FACTS WHEN DISCUSSING COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

Now, would I say you should “steal” knowledge from people? No, I wouldn’t, but I understand what he’s saying. You have to surround yourself with brilliant people, and it will rub off on you eventually. Again, this is just a fact of life, and successful people know what I mean. (RELATED: THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD SHOULD FEAR WISCONSIN FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON)

I was told at a very young age that you are a mirror of the people you surround yourself with. You see this play out with athletes all the time. As somebody who has grown up in the world of sports, I can tell you that the most successful athletes I’ve ever known all spent substantial time with other star athletes. On the other hand, I’ve watched a lot of kids with tons of potential piss it away because they were too busy hanging out with clowns.

Trust me, listen to Smith’s advice. He hit the nail right on the nose with that speech.

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