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Habits & Mindset of Winning, Lessons from Kobe Bryant + Being an Athlete & Mom

Winners never quit.

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” And Terry Goodkind said, “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”

What makes a winner? Your first thought may be, “A winner is someone who wins all the time.” And that answer would make sense, right? But winning isn’t everything. In fact, many times, winners aren’t the people who win all the time. They’re the people who never give up.

That probably sounds contradictory, but here’s the thing — winning isn’t always about beating the other player. It’s more about your mindset. A winning mindset is one that doesn’t quit — no matter how difficult the game or competition is. A winning mindset doesn’t give up even if they lose. A winning mindset always tries again and again. It never gives up or becomes comfortable. A winning mindset is always seeking improvement.

Today, my guest is the definition of a winner. Candace Parker is a WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Not only has she succeeded in the sports arena, but she’s also not giving up on social justice. Despite all the challenges she faces, she never gives up. I’m thrilled to have her on The School of Greatness, and I can’t wait for you to hear her wisdom. 

“Being a mom helped me become a better person.” @Candace_Parker  

My guest today is WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Candace Parker. Candance has won a WNBA championship, two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards, a WNBA Finals MVP Award, am WNBA All-Star Game MVP, two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award. Candance has been selected to six all-WNBA teams and five all-star teams and was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. 

Candance Parker is one of the most decorated female basketball players to ever put on a uniform. As the youngest of Larry and Sara Parker’s three children, Candace grew up under her two older brothers, Marcus and former NBA player Anthony, and fell in love with the game of basketball at an early age.

Candace, who was the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, is more than just a star on the court — she is an inspiration to all those around her. A WNBA Champion, WNBA Finals MVP, 2x WNBA MVP, 2x Gold Medalist, and WNBA Rookie of the Year are just a few of Candace’s many accomplishments throughout her career on the court. Off the court, Candace’s list extends just as long, ranging from being a mother to eight-year-old daughter Lailaa to a renowned broadcaster, and inspiring role model for young women everywhere.

As a mother and a Black woman, Candace has developed into a bold, insightful, and inspiring thought leader who is passionate about the importance of women’s rights, voters’ rights, and Black Lives Matter. With her heart, passion, and competitiveness, Candace is an inspiring role model for so many and it was such a treat to have her on the podcast.

Join me on Episode 1,057 to learn about the habits and mindset of winning, Candance’s lessons from Kobe Bryant, and what it’s like being an athlete and a mom with Candance Parker!

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you develop a winner’s mindset?
  • Is there any way to have success without adversity?
  • How do you stay motivated when you’re not winning?
  • How much doubt do you live with every day?
  • What is the biggest thing you’ve had to overcome?
  • How do you deal with negative emotions?
  • Are the best athletes calm or passionate?
  • What was it like being a mom early in your WNBA career?
  • What has been the most challenging phase of your life?
  • Where would you be if you hadn’t become a mother?
  • Do you have a mantra that you live by that helps you get through tough times?
  • Where would you be in your life without coaches?
  • Is there anything missing in your life?
  • What can athletes do moving forward to support racial equality?
  • What tattoo would you get across your forehead?
  • What do you want people to say about you when you’re gone?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it’s so hard to sustain success after gaining it.
  • The most influential people in her life growing up and the lessons they taught her.
  • What she has learned most about motherhood and the biggest lessons her daughter has taught her about life.
  • The lessons that Kobe Bryant taught her and the most impactful moment she had with him.
  • Why she wouldn’t participate in another Olympics.
  • What the WNBA has done for the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • How she defines love and when she feels most love.
  • Plus much more…

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