99.5 | INTERVIEW | Bill Walton: I’m the Luckiest Guy In The History Of the World. And I Love To Ride My Bike.
- “I’m always sick. I’m always sick of something, or somebody. But every time I spend a moment with the CAF, I’m healed, I get better immediately. [1:53]
- “I make my choices in my life based on purpose, passion, people, programs and projects.” [2:06]
- “The nicest thing someone has ever said about me as a basketball player was that I helped my teammates play better ball.” [4:20]
- “I would not be alive today if it weren’t for my wife, for my family, for my friends who kept coming after me every single day. And saying Bill, don’t give up, you can make it. I didn’t think I would make it back. It was the most difficult and challenging point of my life.” [6:29]
- “One of the initial aspects of leadership is illuminating the direction we need to go.” [6:54]
“Self-esteem, accomplishment, being part of something bigger than just you. When you’re out there riding your bike, you overcome everything, because here you are on this most perfect machine, and I love my bike so much. My bike is everything to me. I live to ride and ride to live. My bike is my gym, it is my church and my wheelchair all in one. And It encompasses everything that I believe in, science, technology, teamwork, preparation, engineering, discipline, equipment, sacrifice, organization. The constant repetitive motion of just going, makes you feel all powerful, and when you’re on the climb, when you’re just rolling over the curative of the earth, and you can just look all around you and see these spectacular scenes, and these epiphanic moments that happen in your life when you’re at the fork in the road and you don’t know where you’re going or how it’s going to play out and you don’t know what it’s going to take to get the job done. then I think, I just road my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles. If I can do that, I can do anything. And if I can do that, what’s to keep you from doing anything in your life. And so that level of inspiration, the level of empowerment, the level of enabling, nobody makes it to the top alone.” [7:53]
- “Never measure yourself by what you have done, but by what you could or should have been able to do.” [12:00]
- “When I see all these other people out there trying with everything they have, I realize I’m not doing anything, I need to get to work. I need to become more disciplined, more dedicated, more committed. To the level of sacrifice that has real meaning to it.” [12:56]
- “I was super lucky in my life to have the greatest parents ever who had zero interest in sports.” [14:02]
- “I could go places on my bike. Just like reading a book, Just like being at a concert. The dream of ‘Wow, What’s over there, let’s go check it out, let’s try this’.“ [14:51]
- “Every single CAF event, my life is changed, and it’s always changed for the better.” [17:08]
- “Everything your life represents, everything that you hope for, everything you think about, everything you want life to be. Roger Water’s new album, Is This The Life That We Really Want and like every truth, questions statements have multiples meanings. And when I ride my bike? Yes, Roger this is the life I really want.” [17:23]
- “That’s what I love about my bike, is that, it’s very much like being on tour with the Grateful Dead.” [19: 31]
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