“Surround Yourself With The Right People” Words Of Wisdom With Super Bowl Winner Bryan Braman Of The Philadelphia Eagles

“I would love to have the opportunity to have lunch with Warren Buffet because he came from humble beginnings and even after building himself into one of the wealthiest people in the world he has stayed true to his principles and his core values. Plus I’m a BIG Cherry coke fan!”
I had the distinct pleasure to interview Bryan Braman. Bryan is a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won Super Bowl LII by defeating the New England Patriots 41–33.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

My name is Bryan Braman #50, of the Philadelphia Eagles. My three greatest accomplishments in my life are:

•My two daughters Blakely and Marlowe,

•my 7 year NFL career and

•Recently winning Super Bowl LII

I come from humble beginnings and that feeds my tenacious desire to succeed.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your NFL career?

Once, on punt coverage during my rookie season I lost my helmet and struck a punt returner with my bare head to his helmet. That sent the opposing players airborne out of bounds.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

One exciting project I am working on is the development of a real estate company. I am also currently working on a renovation of a self-service car wash in Spokane, Washington.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Some of my teammates are the most interesting people I have ever met. All of the different lifestyles of the players have converged into one locker room. It was a molding experience, but that helped mold me into the player I am.

What would you advise to a young person who aspires to follow your footsteps and emulate your career?

I would suggest five things:

•Live in the moment and do not look ahead.

•There are going to be setbacks and heartache along the way but that all instills character. That gives you thicker skin to persevere when adversity knocks

•Work hard, maintain a burning desire to succeed

•be honorable

•and do not take anything for granted.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I have used my success to bring goodness into this world by spreading the word and inspiring as many people as I can when I am given the opportunity. I am able to utilize the platform of the NFL to let my voice be heard in a positive light and tell my story. I use my mistakes to teach others that all things are possible and it’s okay to give a second chance.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each)

The 5 Things I wish someone told me when I first started are:

1.Enjoy every moment

2.Do not sweat things you have no control over

3.Listen to your body

4.Surround yourself with the right people

5.Do not worry about what other people think

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. :-)

I would love to have the opportunity to have lunch with Warren Buffet because he came from humble beginnings and even after building himself into one of the wealthiest people in the world he has stayed true to his principles and his core values. Plus I’m a BIG Cherry coke fan!


Originally published at www.buzzfeed.com.

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