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Jerry West

Leveraging a Competitive Spirit and Becoming an NBA Icon


Growing up in a dysfunctional household is tough. 

It can feel like you are in a nightmare.  

The only things that can keep you going day-to-day are your hopes and dreams.

Jerry West has a fantastic story to tell. He’s been through it all. 

Just like me and many others, he dealt with significant adversity as a child. 

He managed to persevere and achieve at the highest levels in spite of every difficulty. 

Dreams are the light that brightens your way in the darkness. 

Stop thinking of hardship as a detriment. Look at it as your extraordinary power.

On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about achieving and making it through difficult circumstances with an NBA icon: Jerry West.

“When people don’t compete, they’re not going to achieve their dreams.” - JerryWest  

Jerry West is an author, executive, and former NBA basketball player. He is a basketball legend who played with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 – 1974. While with the Lakers, he won an NBA Championship and was named an All-star fourteen times. The NBA modeled its logo after Jerry West. 

After retiring as an NBA player, he became an executive and helped bring the ‘Showtime’ brand of basketball to Los Angeles. After leaving the Lakers organization, he worked as a general manager for the Memphis Grizzlies and as an executive for the Golden State Warriors. He currently serves on the executive board for the Los Angeles Clippers. 

So get ready to learn about achieving through adversity, the power of dreaming, and the importance of loyalty on Episode 874.

“Balance is the key to life.” - JerryWest  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you learn to build belief in yourself? (22:00)
  • What role did your father play in your childhood? (23:30)
  • How do you find your niche in life? (34:30)
  • What was the greatest lesson you’ve learned from your father? (59:00)
  • How do you build mental toughness? (01:01:00)
  • What advice do you give to people who don’t know how to dream? (1:09:00)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How having a competitive spirit can help you achieve your dreams. (15:00)
  • The importance of loyalty in business. (20:00)
  • Why you should never give up on the quest to do something significant in your life. (25:00)
  • About the three kinds of people: Fighters, Floaters, and Fleers. (39:00)
  • Why everyone should always continue to dream. (01:09:00)
  • Plus much more…
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