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Bryan Clay: How to Overcome Adversity and Become a World Champion

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Lewis Howes: Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Author, Former Pro AthleteThe fourth episode of The School of Greatness is with 2008 Olympic Gold medalist for the decathlon, Bryan Clay.

As a former All-American decathlete, I used to study film on Bryan and follow his every move.  He was a legend to me on the track, but once I began to know him as a man I had a completely different level of respect for him.

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The School of Greatness Podcast

Lewis Howes with World's Greatest Athlete, Bryan Clay

 Here are some interesting Facts about Bryan Clay:

  • Born in Austin, TX and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii
  • He had his name and picture on the Wheaties box for participating in the Bejing Olympics
  • He won silver in 2004 Olympics and finished first at the 2005 World Championships
  • Gold Winner at 2008 Beijing Olympics (Decathalon),
  • The Decathlon champion is referred to as the “World’s Greatest Athlete”

The reason why Bryan is such a special individual to me is because I always wanted to be an All-American athlete and going into my senior year of college I was inspired by Bryan’s achievements at the Olympics in 2004.  I found every video I could on him so I could break down his technique and study how he became so successful in his craft.

Along with having an amazing coach, he was the guy that I followed to learn how to perform in the decathlon.

We have a special segment of this episode called: Ask the Coach. In it, I ask Bryan’s coach, Kevin Reid, what makes Bryan so coachable and capable of such greatness.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What Bryan’s Coach, Kevin Reed Considers the KEYS to his Success
  • How Bryan got involved in the decathalon
  • What led to Bryan’s depression and anger in his youth
  • About the moment when he realized that he was the best in the world
  • What drives him to keep working to be the best
  • About the foundation he built to “Build Champions and Change Lives”
  • About Clay’s religious faith and how he attained it
  • To understand, “we won’t change until the process of change looks better than where we’re currently at”
  • Whether he puts a stronger faith in himself or in God
  • If “God really cares”
  • About the importance of medals to champions
  • The biggest setbacks for Clay and his journey
  • The best moment for Clay in his track career
  • Plus, much more…

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4 comments
Stride For Freedom
Stride For Freedom

Great article Lewis, inspirational and motivational!

Keep up the good work mate!

MartyDaniels
MartyDaniels

Loved this interview and podcast.  I was a runner A LOT OF YEARS AGO and to hear the story of how Bryan faced his challenges and success with equal determination and humility was a real inspiration.  Thanks!

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