Top 10 inspirational and motivating LeBron James quotes


LeBron Raymone James Sr. a.k.a LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of this generation and he has shared some memorable quotes on basketball, life, and success over the years.

LeBron James needs no introduction. This phenomenal athlete is still ruling the NBA after playing for 18-long years. Time and again, James has proved why he is the best in business. From freak athleticism to dangerous basketball IQ, nobody can touch this six-foot-nine-inch Small forward.

Over the course of time, James has earned the worthy nickname of ‘King James.’ Coming from Akron, Ohio, James’s path to greatness was not a bed full of roses. When King James was growing up, life was often a struggle for the family, as they moved from apartment to apartment in the seedier neighborhoods of Akron, while James’s mother, Gloria, struggled to find steady work. Moreover, James’s father, Anthony McClelland, has an extensive criminal record and was not involved in his life in any way.

James began playing organized basketball in the fifth grade. His talent was quickly recognized and pretty soon, James became one of the best high school basketball players that the United States has seen in a long time. Interestingly, along with basketball, James was also a dominating football player.

March 6, 2020, Los Angeles, California, USA: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James 23 celebrates a 3-pointer at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020.

With exceptional high school basketball records, James directly entered the NBA in 2003. He was selected by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. Since then, there has been no looking back.

A four-time NBA champion, James has had many setbacks in his life. Nevertheless, he continues to work hard and successfully overcomes every obstacle that life throws at him.

Here are the top 10 inspirational and motivating quotes from LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

“Maybe my pain was motivation.”

Life is full of setbacks and failures. There is no avoiding that. No matter how big you are, or how important you are, success is always achieved through pain and hard work. It is one’s duty to see pain as a massive source of motivation. LeBron James is efficiently doing it and his basketball career is a testament to his suffering.

“You know, when I have a bad game, it continues to humble me and know that, you know, you still have work to do and you still have a lot of people to impress.”

LeBron James was not handed out laurels. He had to fight for his greatness. Along with sensational victories, James has also suffered multiple humiliating defeats. But one bad game did not stop him. James worked out on his problems and the results are clearly in front of our eyes to experience.

“Sometimes your best effort just isn’t good enough.”

King James has won four NBA championship but his success rate of winning championships is not that great. James, till now, has played ten NBA Finals! However, he could only manage to win just four times. Clearly, the above-mentioned quote is all about James’s honesty.

“I hear that word pressure all the time. There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.”

James came into the NBA as the ‘chosen one.’ Ever since his rookie year, James has faced the pressure of delivering exceptional performances every other game night. As the quote stands, he has been more than successful in handling pressure.

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LeBron James was in fine form against the Mavericks (Image credit: Getty)

“Warren Buffet told me once and he said always follow your gut. When you have that gut feeling, you have to go with don’t go back on it.”

Instinct is one of the best attributes of human beings. For LeBron James, it is no different. His above quote can be best understood if we follow James’s ‘The Decision.’ In 2010, James infamously announced that will be joining the Miami Heat. Sure enough, the decision paid off well for James. He won two NBA championship with the Miami Heat.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today!”

Day-in and day-out, James lays it all out on the basketball court. At the age of 36, James still has no plans to stop playing basketball. Playing at this age is quite a dream for many professional players but, as the quote stands, for LeBron James, the hustle is endless.

“I always say, decisions I make, I live with them. There are always ways you can correct them or ways you can do them better. At the end of the day, I live with them.”

Sometimes, for an individual, conditions are not always favorable and prevailing. For King James, it is no different. We are no strangers to making bad decisions, but it is important that we fix our mistakes favorably.

“People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you. But how strong you stand is what makes you.”

The amount of success LeBron James enjoys is enviable. Hence, it is of no surprise that the King has infinite haters. But James has grown a thick skin. In fact, he pays no attention to this senseless hating. If he had paid attention to these minor distractions, James would have never achieved his well-deserved accolades. At the end of the day, James is winning, not the haters.

LeBron James has won 4 NBA Finals MVP awards
LEBRON JAMES stands humbly by his Most Valuable Player trophy Sunday at American Airlines Arena (Imago)

“I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”

The kid from Akron has not forgotten his roots. James has never let fame and wealth dictate his life. Staying humble is a major mantra for many famous personalities. The above quote from LeBron just proves its major relevance. We all know what King James has achieved in his stellar NBA career.

“Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”

In life, nothing comes easy. One must work hard to achieve their respective goals. Lakers forward, LeBron James, also knows the importance of hard work. You might be athletically God-gifted but you need to be disciplined to stay at the top. James knows that nothing comes easy and you need to put in a lot of effort to meet your goals.

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