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​David Beckham at the Discovery Leadership Summit 2016
​David Beckham at the Discovery Leadership Summit 2016

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​David Beckham’s Advice To Youngsters - Work Hard And Have A Passion For What You Do

David Beckham’s Advice To Youngsters - Work Hard And Have A Passion For What You Do

Football star and Unicef ambassador David Beckham has the following advice for young people – work hard, be dedicated, stay grounded and have a passion for what you do.

In an interview at the Discovery Leadership Summit, the 41-year-old former England soccer captain said his greatest sporting achievement was leading his national team country and his biggest life achievement is his family – his wife Victoria and his four children – and his involvement with Unicef and its focus on improving the lives of children around the world.

Asked about what has made him successful in sport, business and other aspects of his life, the ex -Manchester United player (who also played for Real Madrid, L A Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and A C Milan) placed the emphasis on teamwork.

“The team I have around me has made me successful,” he stressed. “My parents were hard workers. I got my work ethic from them. My dad was very strict – but he guided me and gave me support.”

Passion is at the heart of his soccer success and his later entrance into building brands and international philanthropy.

On managers that he has played under, Beckham said they all wanted to win “some more than others.” Although he did not view himself as a natural leader, he captained England for six years and found that being captain gave him very different responsibilities to being a player.

So who does he think is the best footballer in the world right now? He did not want to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo! He also rates former team-mate Wayne Rooney as a great player.



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Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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