WATCH: Rev. Al Sharpton has two regrets in his life

The civil rights leader also shared the best advice he’s ever received. Hint: it has to do with sports.

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SiriusXM Editor
September 18, 2017

“Regrets, I’ve had a few,” sang the late great Frank Sinatra. And during a candid conversation with SiriusXM Urban View host Karen Hunter, the Rev. Al Sharpton revealed he has two.

“I used to eat bad, and I used to sleep too late,” said the 62-year-old civil rights activist.

But it seems Sharpton has remedied both. He’s lost a significant amount of weight since he first rose to prominence, and wakes up at 5 am to get a workout in before he starts his day.

Just scrolling through his social media feeds, it’s obvious that Sharpton is non-stop. He hosts a two-hour radio show, as well as MSNBC‘s Politics Nation. And that’s not including all of his activism and preaching that takes place outside of the media realm.

He attributes a lot of his success to sage advice from an “old civil rights leader” which he never forgot.

“Leadership is like playing football. … Half the stadium is going to cheer you, the other half is going to jeer you, your job is to get the ball across the goal line.”

“Don’t get intoxicated by the cheers and distracted by the jeers. Just keep your eye on the goal line. And that’s how I’ve lived.”

Sharpton, who ran for president in 2004, considers President Donald Trump’s unconventional pathway to the nation’s highest office a “good thing.”

“The only good thing that I can see out of Trump is that he has changed all the rules,” Sharpton said. “Politics is much different now. The bar is much lower.”

“You can do whatever you want to do and run and win. Because Trump has defied all of what has been acceptable behavior and background, and won.”

Hear The Karen Hunter Show weekdays on SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126) at 3 pm ET.