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- There are people with incredible talent

and no motivation and then there are other people

that are willing to work their ass off.

It's above winning a contest.

It's about that one time just, yeah I did that!

This is what I love doing more than anything

and I would do it for free.

Any day of the week.

There were times when I started our company, Birdhouse,

in the first three years in, we were ready to give in.

He's an American professional skateboarder, actor,

and owner of the skateboard company, Birdhouse.

He's widely considered to be one of the pioneers

and most successful influencers

of modern vertical skateboarding.

Throughout his career,

he's made a number of appearances in films, other media,

and his own line of video games.

He's Tony Hawk and here's my take

on his top 10 rules for success.

Rule number three is my personal favorite

and make sure to stick around all the way to the end

for some special bonus clips.

Also, as Tony's talking,

if he says something that really resonates with you,

please leave it in the comments below

and put quotes around it so other people

can be inspired as well.


(upbeat music)

- It wasn't until I started my own team when I realized

that there are people with incredible talent

and no motivation and then there are other people

that are willing to work their ass off who don't have

a natural ability but will become successful

because they're so determined

and I saw it especially in a couple of guys

that I first put on the Birdhouse team,

namely Andrew Reynolds, Matt Beach.

Matt Beach was, in my eyes,

the most naturally talented skateboarder

that I've ever seen.

Everything came easy to him and, you know,

when I would request these guys to go on tour,

all I ask of them is that they skate

for exhibitions and whatnot.

Matt wouldn't skate half the time.

I flew him to Europe.

I didn't have any money then in our company

but I was flying these guys to Europe for competitions.

He would go to the contests and not feel like skating

and I was like, how can you do that?

You know, I was thinking, not just to me but to yourself.

You have this incredible talent and you just don't care

and then I saw Andrew Reynolds who was this scrappy

little guy taking not very clean in terms of his style

but trying some of the hardest stuff,

taking the heaviest hits but always skating his ass off

and always trying and he has become probably

the most well respected street skater today.

Andrew Reynolds, I mean he formed Baker Brand,

Deathwish Skateboards.

The community of the most hard core skater these days

call him The Boss because he developed his style

because he worked his ass off and he's the shining example

of hard work.

- [Announcer] Tony Hawk is the number one recognizable

sports figure over Shaq, over Iverson, over MJ even.

- I just focus on something and I have to do it.

I'll either get hurt, taken to the hospital trying it,

or I'm going to make it and that was the same for doing

the 900 at the X Games.

It was my time to finally do it or to be carted off

and tried another day.

- [Announcer] Last try right here, Tony Hawk, 900.

- At some point, you just tune everything out

and you say this is it, you got to do it.

- [Announcer] Literally, Pier 30 shook and we felt

the ground swell.

I wasn't sure if it was an earthquake or somebody out there

doing something special.

That moment was probably burned

in most of our minds forever.

- I knew I wanted to be in the skating industry.

I loved skating too much.

I wanted to be in it.

I didn't know if I would make a living as a professional

but I was going to be, I was devoted to skateboarding.

So I refinanced my house and took all the money

and started a skateboard company which seems like

the stupidest thing in the world to do when skating's dying

but it was exactly what I wanted to do.

I wanted to be a company owner and be behind the scenes.

I quit my sponsor and started and for about three years,

struggled very hard with my partner and I,

we had pooled our money together.

He was an ex-pro skater as well and we just did Birdhouse

and did whatever we could to get by and all the team

was staying on my couch.

I literally, while I'm changing diapers,

I'm like driving guys to these spots that they're going to

get arrested at because there's no skate parks

so they're going to go ride schoolyards

and it was such a strange existence

but I loved it because it was skateboarding

and it was exactly what I wanted to do

and so we really hunkered down.

I was living on Taco Bell and peanut butter and jelly

and Top Ramen.

- Yum.

- Probably three years, for sure,

but I didn't care 'cause it was like,

I still got to do what I love.

That's the thing is that people think,

was it a struggle?

And it's like well, no, because I loved it too much.

I still got to go skate and I had time to skate.

I didn't have to go sit behind a computer for eight hours

and then hope I get time to skate.

- [Male] Okay, ready and action.

- [Male 2] Three, two, one.


(rock music)

(crowd cheering)

- Alright, guys.

- I'm glad you're alright.

- Let's not do that again.

(group laughing)

- [Male] I agree.

(rock music)

- [Group] Oh!

- That's great.

(rock music)

- I know there are so many kids out there that feel

the way that I did when I was a kid,

just awkward and not excelling at one thing in particular

and not cool and skateboarding was my way out of that

and I hope that, if not with skateboarding,

they find it with something else they do

but I hope that they're not afraid

to try something different 'cause you can't

listen to the haters.

That's my best advice to anyone.

If I had listened to the haters,

I would have quit a long time ago.

I would have quit when I was 11 years old.

I used to get bashed by professional skaters

because my style was dorky or it was all circus

but you can't.

You've got to believe in yourself.

As far as I know, no one's done anything like this,

and so people keep asking me questions like,

well, how do you approach it?

I don't know.

I'm just going to find out the hard way, I guess.

It feels like the first time I tried the loop.

I just walked up to it and was like, holy,

what have I done?

But I'm up for the challenge.

(upbeat music)


Second try.

I can't throw that up.

("Somebody Grab the Wheel")

(crowd cheering)

- Yeah, I think Tony's going to do it.

I think it's just going to be hanging that angle.

- That was like a half head, half knee slide but hey,

I didn't hit my hip so success.

Okay, get these pads out of here.

- It's coming down.

He's got it.

("Somebody Grab the Wheel")

- Here we go.

(crowd cheering)

- I'm just so excited.

I can't believe it worked.

- [Pharrell] Does running the Tony Hawk empire

give you the same satisfaction as the nine golds

at the X Games?

- I love the challenge of the business aspects of it

but I love that it's still fun.

- Yeah.

- I mean, the stuff that I choose to do is only stuff

that I really am passionate about and stuff

that I will enjoy seeing through.

To be honest,

the high that I go for that is always driving me

is when I land something new,

when I'm trying to learn a new trick

and I make it for the first time,

even if it's something someone else has already done,

for me, that push and that adrenaline and the confidence

of thinking I can do this and then finally doing it,

you know, seeing it through and when I land it,

that's the buzz, that's the high for me above all else,

above winning a contest.

It's about that one time just, yeah I did that!

- Yeah.

- And I'm older now and now when I get that feeling,

it's further between when I feel it and so when I do,

it's way more intense.

- It's like landing your first kick flip.

- It's, yeah, that's what it feels like.

Every time.

It doesn't look as intimidating when it's not sitting

on top of a building structure.

The jump is always scary 'cause you want all your skin

anywhere on your legs covered.

- [Cameraman] Are you sure it's just not for fashion?

- Well, that too.

This is my mega board.

- [Cameraman] Mega.

(wind blowing)



- I did it!

(cameraman laughs)

I wanted to figure out how I could remove myself

from competition and still be a pro skater

and that had not been done yet

because if you're not going to compete,

the magazines aren't going to cover you,

your sponsors are likely to drop you and the kids

who are buying your products are going to forget about you

and there was no such thing as a video skater back then.

That hadn't really come into play yet.

- Mm Hmm (affirmative)

- There was no YouTube.

The skate videos were usually based on the best guys

in the competitions and so I went and talked to Stacy.

- Who was your boss at the time?

- Stacy Peralta was my coach and I actually had my brother

come with me as back up and he approached Stacy and said,

"Look, Tony's really having a problem with the competitions.

"It's kind of wrecking him.

"It's ruining the fun of skating."

And I told him that and so he said,

"Well, I understand.

"Maybe you might want to take a break

"but don't give it up completely

"'cause you may want to come back.

"You may enjoy it and I don't know if we're going to

"be able to sustain your career if you're not competing."

And I did take a break.

I stopped competing for awhile, almost a year,

maybe a little less and when I came back to it,

I came back with sort of a fresh perspective

that I don't really care how it lays out.

I'm going to go and do my best and I'm going to take chances

that I maybe hadn't taken before and if that puts me

in last place then so be it but if I succeed,

I'm going to be on this whole other level of skating.

- Mm Hmm (affirmative)

- And that's what happened and the contests that I won then,

I won by a long shot 'cause I was doing stuff

that was experimental and stuff

that I wasn't really confident with but I could pull it

through somehow and if it didn't happen

then I didn't do well at all and I stopped caring

about the end result so much.

("Police Truck" by Dead Kennedys)

- What is it that makes you real special --

- Well, for one, I never quit.

I never stopped skating.

So, I never took a hiatus, say five years and came in like,

oh, skating's hot now I'm going to get back into it.

So I had that consistency but I think that, for me,

I really liked learning new techniques and a lot of people,

they did their skating sticking

with this one style of skating,

this one set of tricks and don't want to branch out

because they're afraid they won't look cool

doing it or whatever.

I always wanted to try the different techniques

even if I stumbled on 'em.

I knew that in the end it would help me be more well rounded

and I think that's probably what it is that I just wanted

to try to learn it all.

- [Announcer] Going for something big.

He's going for a flip.

He's going for something new.

Crowd seems to be anticipating something good.

(crowd cheering)

We've seen that he can fly high and here it goes.

Here's Tony!

He's in the water!

Takes a swim.

(crowd cheering)

And the crowd loved that.

That skateboard's gone.

Actually, they'll be a few people diving in there,

trying to fetch that one.

Tony Hawk.

- What the heck kind of move was that?

- I don't know, it's the big gap to the snake canyon.

- A brand new move by Tony Hawk into the water.

- [Announcer] Tony Hawk,

always a crowd pleaser and no exception there

and Tony Hawk set off at a blistering pace.

He had to clear the dock and cleared it by a mile.

What a performer.

(crowd cheering)

See it from behind again.

Scooting his way across the arena, off that ramp,

hit it at the diagonal.

Wonderful stuff.

What an end.

- If you're convinced that you're going to fail

or fall or get hurt,

that will come to fruition because that's what

you're visualizing.

I never, I was willing to get hurt along the way

but I didn't visualize myself getting hurt along the way

and I think that's what stops a lot of people

and that's really what separates a lot of people

from being world champions or from being as good as they can

because they stop at some point saying,

"Oh no, I'm not capable of this,"

or "I'll probably get hurt doing this,"

and if you approach anything with that hesitation,

you're going to fail.

I always approached it like, this is going to work.

I'm going to figure this out even if it takes me

hundreds of attempts

and I wasn't, the idea of falling and getting back up again,

that didn't really bother me at all.

(rock music)

I don't really need the money.

I don't need the money anymore.

I made dream money from video games, like stuff,

things that I would never imagine.

When people say, "Is this what you dreamt?"

I didn't dream any of this.

None of this was possible or even considered a reality

when I was a kid.

When I started skating,

the best you could hope for was your picture in a magazine,

maybe a pro board, maybe, and free gear.

That's it and then once you reach an age of responsibility

and this is I'm talking about when I was like 12,

once you reach an age of responsibility say 18,

your career is over 'cause you can't make money doing it.

You can't do it into your adult life.

Obviously, I'm hugely thankful to still be able

to do this for a living.

This is what I love doing more than anything

and I would do it for free any day of the week,

at any given time.

I'd happily just go skate.

It just happens to be the thing that I'm successful at

so I get to do what I love for a living

and that's living the dream.

I mean, living the dream,

I'm not talking about financial success.

I'm talking about loving what you do.

If you love art and you do art and maybe you get

a little bit of success at it,

you're living the dream.

(punk music)

There were times when I started our company, Birdhouse,

in the first three years in, we were ready to give in.

The sales just weren't there.

The interest wasn't there and same with my skating.

I was still improving my skills but for no audience.

So it was definitely difficult but we embraced

those challenges too and especially as athletes,

someone poses a challenge to you and you have to figure out

how to get over it and so in doing that,

in my skating and also in the business it was like, well,

this is what's coming at us.

We've got to figure out how to navigate this

and how to succeed and a lot of people just give up

and especially in skating, I mean,

that's the first sign of someone that's going

to be successful is no matter how far,

no matter how successful they get especially in competition,

they continue to challenge themselves

because they want to improve.

Those are the guys that make it way further

than anyone else.

(punk music)

(crowd cheering)

- Your Honor,

I'm here on behalf of the great state of Alabama

to prove once and for all that skateboarding is, was,

and always has been a crime and that this man,

Anthony Francis Haywood Beauford Hawk,

should be found guilty of perpetrating

the most gnarly of offenses.

- Mr. Hawk, would you like to make an opening remark?

- Yeah, I guess that I think skateboarding is not a crime.

- There is no half pipe that can launch you out of hell.

(crowd clapping)

- And what was Mr. Hawk doin' at the time?

- He was riding one of those planks with wheels.

- Objection.

Skateboarding is allowed in public areas.

- Well, I just thought that doesn't seem like something

you should do.

(crowd clapping)

- Mr. Hawk, how long have you been riding

these devil mobiles?

- Pretty much my whole life.

- Let the record show that Mr. Hawk was carving a pentagram

into his chest as he answered.

- No, I wasn't!

- Let me ask you something, boy.

- I'm in my mid-40's.

- If God had intended us to skateboard,

why wouldn't he have blessed us with wheels instead of feet?

- I don't know.

- Why did he give us legs instead of trucks?

Or why did he not put little decals of skulls

on our bellies or put adhesive tape on our back?

- I get it.

- As the Bible says, Lo,

and man shall not step on a wheeled plank.

- Revelation 20:13.

- Now, I personally can't think of anything more sinful

than somebody launching off a vert ramp into a kick flip

mctwist but for those who need convincin',

maybe you could enlighten us, professor.

- I've discovered several eyewitness accounts

of skateboarding at some of history's greatest crimes.

This is a picture of Tony Hawk high fiving Adolph Hitler.

- That's obviously doctored.

- This is Tony doing what appears to be an ollie

off the balcony moments after Lincoln was shot.

- This is insane!

- And this is Tony grinding down the tail

of a dinosaur moments before the meteor hit

that exterminated all dinosaur life on the planet earth.

- Well, that one's kind of true.

- Well, I invented the railing to provide

a stable grabbing surface for God fearing,

stair climbing men and women,

not to be grinded on by some immorale beast trying

to pull off a frontside board slide.

Nothing human uses a railing like that.

You have disgraced my work, sir!

You have disgraced the work of Phineas Q. Railing.

- I rest my case.

- I find you guilty, Mr. Hawk,

and declare skateboarding a crime!

- You can't!

- Would you like to say anything before I pass sentence?

- There's nothing else you could do to me, sir.

- I hereby sentence you to change

to a respectable mode of transportation.

- What's that?

- Bring in the scooter.

- Lame!

Alright, today is June 27th, 2016 and it is 17 years

to the day that I landed my first 900 at the X Games

in San Francisco.

A lot has happened since then in my life.

I mean, it's been the craziest roller coaster ride

and it really was the apex of my competitive career.

So I'm going to try a 900 today

because I feel like I can and I never thought I'd be doing

this at my age when I was young.

I really didn't think that was a possibility

but I'm still goin' and keep goin' 'til the wheels

fall off I guess.


(group cheering and clapping)

Spencer was there on my first one

and now he was on my last.


- Thank you guys so much for watching.

I made this video because VenomLeon asked me to.

So if there's a famous entrepreneur that you want me

to profile next,

leave it down in the comments below

and I'll see what I can do.

I also love to know what did Tony say

that had the biggest impact on you?

What lesson did you learn that you're going

to immediately apply to your life or to your business?

Leave it in the comments and I'm going to join

in the discussion.

Finally, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Hugo Beyer.

Hugo, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book,

Your One Word, and taking that awesome picture

and posting it on Twitter.

I'm really curious to understand what you were looking at

in that picture.

I love it, bro, and I really appreciate the support.

So thank you guys again for watching.

I believe in you.

I hope you continue to believe in yourself

and whatever your one word is.

Much love.

I'll see you soon.

- The moment when I knew I wanted to skate

and not do other sports was the first time I went

to a skate park and saw people flying out of pools.

All my life, I was trying to find a buzz

and I didn't really get it from team sports.

I was okay at baseball and basketball but I didn't,

I wasn't improving at a rate I could see

and then when I went to the skate park for the first time,

I literally saw these guys going into a pool and flying.

I was like, that's it!

And then I started trying to figure out how to do that.

I did it in the little pools.

I saw a picture of Steve Caballero who was about my size

but just a little bit older and he was doing air

in Winchester like three or four feet out.

I saw these guys, they were older and more experienced,

doing these things and it looked intimidating

but it looked awesome.

When I saw Steve Caballero, he was my size, near my age,

and he was literally flying and I was like,

if he can do it, I can do that.

I may not do it as well as him or with as much style

but I'm going to learn how to do that and that was the moment.

That was the moment when I decided I was going to do that

because I did like that it was made me different

and it was something that I identify myself with

and it's made me stand apart from everyone else

I went to school with,

most other kids my age.

I did appreciate that but at the same time,

I always wondered, well, why don't they like this?

This is amazing.

It's super difficult.

It's adrenaline filled.

It's dangerous.

There's a sense of accomplishment.

You know, what are they missing about this?

And it was always, it just never really hit in those days,

and so yeah, I guess I would be the one to either blame

or credit for doing mainstream stuff and, hopefully,

making it acceptable or making it authentic.

- You ever scared out there?

I mean, some of this stuff is just insane.

Are you ever kind of like at the top of something

or about to do something and you go, geez,

I could break my neck here.

- Yeah, for sure, but that is, you know,

that's the best gauge of should you be doing it or not?

It's more about,

for me it's about approaching things with confidence.

If I'm going to set out to do something,

I've already convinced myself that I can do it,

that it is possible.

If I go at it and I think,

I don't know if this is going to work,

that's when I get hurt.

- [Interviewer] That's when you get hurt.

- You know what I mean?

You can't just throw caution to the wind and go,

well, let's see what happens and especially at my age

and having this much experience

and having so many injuries along the way,

I'm way more methodical about learning things.

It takes me way more tries and I have to know

that it's going to work before I go out and try to make it.

- [Interviewer] As a new dad who loves sports

and wants one day to inspire my new son,

I am wondering what advice you have that either

your Dad, Frank, gave you or that you've given your kids.

- To do what you love doing.

Don't succumb to peer pressure or adult pressure.

Find your voice, find what you really enjoy,

and even if it's something different and it's something

that's not considered cool,

if you love doing it, you will thrive in it,

and eventually you'll be happy

because you continue to do it.

- [Interviewer] Is that what Frank --

- My Dad, you know, I was the youngest of four,

and by the time I came around he had seen it all

and so he's just like, go, just do it.

Whatever it is and I chose to do the most

sort of off beat thing of my siblings

but he was really supportive in it and I was lucky in that

and that's the same kind of approach I had to my kids.

If they love doing it,

I don't care if it's not considered the cool thing

or if it doesn't mean that they're

going to get a varsity letter.

I want them to be happy and I want them to enjoy themselves.

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