David Beckham says his Kids are Competitive, Speaks on Being Stubborn

David Beckham says that his children are driven to succeed even though they have things easy. David says he has brought them up with wife Victoria to want something out of life, and all of them want to work at something, which he feels is important:

“It would be easy for our kids to sit back and not work for anything, but they’re not like that. They’re as competitive as Victoria and me. We’re very lucky with our boys: They want to win. They want to work at something. They know their values. That’s the way we’ve brought them up so far, and that’s the way we’ll continue to bring them up.”

David also says he is a very stubborn guy, which can be both a help and a hindrance to his career – he always goes after what he wants, even if he is told beforehand it’s a bad idea:

“I am a very stubborn person. I think it’s helped me over my career. I’m sure it has hindered me at times as well, but not too many times. I know that if I set my mind to something, even if people are saying I can’t do it, I will achieve it. Even at 36, I’m still running 12 miles a game. [But] I’ve definitely become more aware on the field. I know what my limits are, what I can achieve, and which passes I can play. I have adapted to my age.”

Speaking on friendship, David says he has a few close friends, but prefers to spend most of his time with his family, although he does count three people as being really close friends, which he believes is better than having many friends who he isn’t close to:

“I’ve got friends at the different teams I’ve played for, but family is the most important thing to me. That will always be the case. I’ve got my wife. I’ve got my four kids. I’ve got parents, grandparents still, and three really good friends. It’s all you need. I’d rather have three really good friends than 20 good friends.”