Friday, February 1, 2013

An Ode to David Beckham: How He Inspires Me

This guy is untouchable and deserves every single accolade he is given.

The big news in France is that David Beckham and Paris Saint-Germaine announced that he will be moving to Paris (he just passed his medical in Paris on Thursday), playing for the Parisian team and donating his entire salary to local children's charities.  Not a percentage, not some leftovers...the whole enchilada.

Seriously?

Can we do a run-down of this guy's significant merits?

  • Hot.


"Eyes up here, sweetheart."
I KNOW, right?!
  • acknowledged by everyone under the sun as one of the most talented soccer players in the entire history of the sport;
  • respected by the industry for being a consummate professional (no diva antics; shows up to practice and gives his all) and gracious competitor (no complaining or blaming others when his team loses; compliments the other winning team; never says a bad word about any of his rivals, even when they bash him);
  • is a super loving and devoted father and husband;
  • ummm...had a fun movie starring Keira Knightley named after him (LOVED it); 
  • and now...an awesome citizen of the world giving generously to the less fortunate. 
I have nothing but respect for this guy.  Of course there are naysayers who say, well, he's a deca-millionaire many times over, he can afford to donate his salary to charity, if I had his money, I'd do the same thing, too.  

Wrong.  

As I mentioned in a prior post, people who operate out of abundance and are generous, do so in lean times and good times - it's a mindset and determination they have regardless of the state of their bank account.  People who are miserly and non-charitable use not having money as an excuse, but once they have some money, they are still just as stingy OR they give very little and with lots of fanfare (we all know someone like this, they have to let everyone know that look, I finally gave something!) - being charitable & generous is a lifestyle that is not contingent on a bank account.  The richest person can be the most miserly, and the poorest person can be extremely generous.  Full kudos to David Beckham on this one. 

I also love the reason for joining up with a relatively unknown French team.  Paris Saint-Germaine is still a fledgling team.  Beckham, who can have his pick of teams in the world, explained why he chose Paris:
"It's an exciting city and always has been but now there' s a club that will have a lot of success over the next 10, 15 and 20 years. I'm not saying I'll be playing in 10, 15 or 20 years but to be part of something that's growing is very exciting to me. I'm very honoured to be part of this."  See link here for entire article.  
I love that he's trying to create something here, taking a chance with the underdog...his passion is not winning games per se or making as much money as possible, but creating an awesome team and playing his best.  I never thought there'd come a day when I could learn something non-soccer related from David Beckham, but here I am being inspired to do better in my life and to keep on trying to incorporate all aspects of work, play and love in my life and career.  

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