Shaquille O’Neal – jock with brains

Although I enjoy them, Vanity Fair magazines pile up until I have time to read them. I managed to catch up on a couple the other day and read an article on Shaquille O’Neal, the iconic American basketball player who is now, at the age of 40, studying for his PhD.

He already has two degrees – a bachelor’s in general studies and a master’s in business and is five years into his PhD in leadership and education. Why should such as wealthy, retired sports legend want all that education? He owns a lot of business and when he holds a conversation, he says he wants people to understand that he’s not just another athlete – he knows what he’s talking about.

 Question for discussion

How important do you think qualifications are as part of the receipt to earning respect and establishing a solid career?