"Don't wait for the train to come in, don't wait for the ship to come in, swim out to it and take the initiative," said Jerry Colangelo.
"If you don't succeed the first time, that doesn't mean you failed, learn why you failed, protect yourself from being pushed," said Colangelo.
He's the former of the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks, a businessman, and now college professor.
"It's such a great opportunity, I'm really actually so excited to hear him today, and just to learn what he has to give to the community and advice," said student Kiara Stechmann.
In recent years Colangelo has thrown his considerable influence behind Grand Canyon University. It started with the basketball team and supporting coach Dan Majerle.
But he has since extended it to the Jerry Colangelo School of Business. His name is right there on the building, where the sports icon lectures in graduate classes several times a year.
"The iPads, the tablets, put them down, look people in the eye. Because life is all about communication, it's relationships," he said.
The students paid close attention, knowing this is an especially accomplished instructor.
"Jerry has always been a service leader, he believes in his people, he believes in business and helping others," said Sophia Lewis.
After the lecture Colangelo made sure to hustle over to GCU's basketball game, where FOX 10 asked him about working with students.
"When people have been around for a while, they can pass their experiences onto the young people, so you feel good about it, you are hopefully helping them," said Colangelo.
So is there something that the 75-year-old Jerry Colangelo would say to the 25-year-old?
"Yeah, boy were you dumb back when you were 25," he said.