Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, understood the importance of choosing a right attitude even in bad situations. She was known to be someone that avoided grudges. One time a friend reminded her of a cruel thing that had happened to her previously, but Clara seemed not to remember the incident. “Don’t you remember the wrong that was done to you?, the friend asked. Clara answered calmly. “No, I distinctly remember forgetting that.”
Nobody has won more World Series of Poker championships than Phil Hellmuth Jr. He won his 15th WSOP Bracelet in the summer of 2018, which puts him far ahead of Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson (who all have 10 bracelets). Hellmuth also holds the record for most cash finishes and most final table appearances at the World Series of Poker. In 1989, the 24-year old Hellmuth became the youngest person ever to win the WSOP Main Event when he defeated legendary Johnny Chan. “The Poker” Brat as he is known for his colorful and competitive personality, was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also written a New York Times best-seller (“Play Poker Like the Pros”), as well as his autobiography (“Poker Brat”). Hellmuth also is very active in raising funds for charities. He has raised more than $50 million in his lifetime for charitable causes and organizations.
- What makes him so good
- The process of writing his books
- Qualities and principles of success and positivity
- … and so much more!!!
Chris Oliver is the founder of Basketballimmersion.com and is one of the most respected basketball coaches and clinicians in North America. He regularly speaks at top coaching conferences and clinics, including CoachingU in Las Vegas. Chris is also currently the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Windsor, a position he has held since 2005. He is a 3x recipient of the Ontario University Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year award. Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University, and a Master’s in Physical Education and Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria. Oliver is also an NCCP Level Four coach.
- Having “less boring” practices
- Building a better culture in your program
- Ways that players can make better decisions on the basketball court
- … and so much more!!!
While taking hundreds of flights throughout my life only once has my luggage gotten lost and that was on my honeymoon (fortunately, it wasn’t a sign of things to come)! The second time occurred just last week. After speaking at a prestigious prep school in the Washington D.C. area, I was traveling to Charlotte, NC to speak at a large high school in that city.
It has often been said, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Lemons by themselves are sour. Lemons with sugar and water become delicious lemonade.
This phrase is a reminder to us about making the best of things that come our way.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)
No truer statement may ever have been uttered. It’s amazing how much you learn after you realize that you don’t have to please everyone.
If you want to please everyone then go sell ice cream.
Brad Lea is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of LightSpeed VT. As the Founder of LightSpeed VT, Brad has revolutionized the online training world. He has set the gold standard for how training is delivered, tracked and reported on ensuring maximum performance, accountability, retention and results. Brad Lea is a leading authority on web-based training. Experienced and proven in sales and marketing, he is a seasoned professional with a strong base of sales management coming from 25 years in the Automotive Industry. Brad’s thought leadership has been instrumental in helping guide some of today’s most effective and productive sales professionals worldwide. Brad is also the author of the Real Deal Lease Presentation. He also is the host of the “Dropping Bombs” podcast. He is also one of the featured keynote speakers at Grant Cardone’s 10x Growth Conference.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- How he went from high school dropout to business dominator
- The 5 Factors of Success
- Why some people are successful and others aren’t
- Insider tips for enjoying Las Vegas
Larry Winget is known as “The Pitbull of Personal Development”. He was the star of A&E’s “Big Spender” reality show and is the author of many books, including 6 New York Times/Wall Street Journal best-sellers. Larry is the host of the “Grow a Pair” podcast and is popular expert guest on stations such as Fox Business, Fox News, and MSNBC. He has spoken to more than 400 of the Fortune-500 companies. Larry is the best branded, most recognizable speaker in the business. Many speakers claim to be original, but Larry Winget is THE original. He has established himself as an icon in the world of personal development and self-help. You won’t find many people who don’t know or who won’t recognize him as a result of his six national bestsellers, his thousands of on-stage appearances or his many regular television appearances. Larry was the first to be willing to take on the “positive attitude” motivational speakers and the Law Of Attraction bozos with his common sense, back to the basics approach. Larry still believes that hard work and excellence are the keys to success and communicates that like no other person on the planet can! Larry makes you think. He makes you uncomfortable. He offers common sense solutions that are impossible to argue with. On top of all that, he is hilarious.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- His awesome books with great content and creative titles
- What he considers his best book and his most important book
- How you can have more money
- Why personal responsibility is important
- How we should be making choices in life
“The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent” (Robert DeNiro’s character in “A Bronx Tale”)
He was a collegiate national champion, an All-American football player and the number-6 pick in the NFL.
He dragged his girlfriend down a flight of stairs before smashing her head into a mailbox, he repeatedly displayed a series of destructive behaviors and even killed a man.
He eventually committed suicide in January of 2016 in his prison cell.
He was Lawrence Phillips, one of the greatest collegiate running backs of all-time and one of the greatest tragedies of life.
It is too bad that he wasn’t the last troubled superstar we heard about.
Transcript of Episode
Welcome to the “Success is a Choice” podcast. In fact, welcome to the first-ever episode of the “Success is a Choice” podcast. We are very excited that this has become a reality. The goal of the podcast is to help you maximize your potential for success. Each week we will have some top-notch guests from all walks of life. We’ll have an actor one episode. We’ll have people worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We’ll have professional sports personalities. We’ll have educators. We’ll have people that you have heard of and people that might be new to you. However, the one thing each episode and each guest will have in common is the desire to add value to you, the listener.
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately your own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
The decisions we make today goes a long way toward determining our future. Our choices lead to actions and actions lead to consequences. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad.