By Shaquille O'Neal
Updated 1d 14h agohttp://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-05-03/shaquille-oneal-doctorate-nba-education/54733922/1
I worked for it, and I'm as proud of this as anything I have accomplished in my life.
Too many young kids —
particularly black kids —
are still dropping out of school way too early.
For you parents out there: Don't just encourage your children to complete high school, which should be a basic step toward a much bigger education. I was fortunate to have a mother who understood the value of education, even as she saw me join the NBA and have a successful basketball career.
It's understandable when young athletes lured by the big money of the NBA decide to pass up college. But that makes no sense for the thousands and thousands of young athletes who will never make it to the pros.
Although I entered the NBA draft after my junior year at Louisiana State University in 1992, I later took correspondence courses to earn my bachelor's degree.
It exposes a person to a world of shared knowledge.
It forces us to stay attuned to current events. And most important, it helps each of us understand how and where we fit into this world.
My doctoral degree from Barry is in Organizational Learning and Leadership, with a specialization in Human Resource Development.
my doctoral project was titled:
"How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles."
I'm a big believer in the power of humor, particularly in stressful situations.
But this is no laughing matter. If there's one thing I hope people take from this personal milestone, it's that education matters for your entire life.
whether high school or doctoral,
is not a finish line;
it's simply a mile-marker.
Shaquille O'Neal is a retired 15-time NBA all-star and member of four championship teams. He is a basketball commentator for TNT and has a variety of business interests.
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