Dreams Die When People Give Up | The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast

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EP 111 Stories from sports provide the framework for this week’s show.

Dreams Die When People Give Up | The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast

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This is The No BS Coaching Advice podcast, Episode 111. I'm your host Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and welcome. I like to spend some time every week talking with you about life, the universe and everything. You may have noticed, last week, I released a show that was an interview that I did with someone. I'm going to do more of those over the course of the year. Fundamentally, however, this is a show where I try and help you look at life with a different perspective.

And, as often happens, things come together in a sort of synchronous kind of way. And this show comes from a couple of things in sports that happened over the last few days and a podcast interview I was listening to. The theme of this overall is that dreams die when people give up and

So often, people give up on their dreams prematurely. It's so sad when that happens. It feels as though there's a death that's occurred-- that someone has just conceded to the events. Like I was listening to the founder of Bonobos doing a podcast interview, and he spoke about a time in his life where he was real close to giving up on the idea and all he kept doing (this is my way of interpreting it) was just pay the bills. Keep moving forward. Keep trying. "Because the dream will die when I give up," and he didn't want this time to die. Don't let yours die. Keep moving forward.

Segment 2. If you don't know the name Mike Tyson, I know you're not a boxing fan from a few years back. More than a decade probably close to two decades back. He was a ferocious fighter. Incredibly intense. Small in stature but fierce in his conduct. He became known for biting part of the year off of an opponent in the ring, Evander Holyfield.

Now he had a trainer who worked for him named, Cus D'Amato. I ran into one quote of his and then found the second that I think is worth remembering. The first one is about self sabotage where he says, "To see a man beaten, not by a better opponent, but by himself is a tragedy.

Man! Is that about giving up dreams or what?

Then, the second quote the one that triggered all of this was one where he said, "the hero and the coward feel the same."

Think about that one folks--"the hero and the coward, feel the same thing."

Segment 3. Folks. If you haven't already picked up on the fact I like sports, I generally like what are generally referred to as professional teams. But generally I like sports and, on occasion, I watch a college game. Like I did watch, Alabama and Clemson play for the national championship. But I stumbled into a college basketball game between Old Dominion and UTSA the University of Texas at San Antonio. With 3:44 left on the clock, Old Dominion is up by 17 points, and the announcer emphatically states that they have a 99.4% chance of winning . . .

But they didn't win because UTSA went on a 22-4 run and won the game by one point in regulation time. Is this an example of not giving up? You bet it is. Is this an example of not letting a dream die? You bet it is. Because the fact of the matter is, it's only impossible until it's done.

Segment 4. I don't know if it's true any longer, but Mickey Mantle had the most RBI'sin the history of baseball AND the most strikeouts. Michael Jordan, and there's a meme about this;I don't know if it's an actual quote. But let's assume that it's on the internet. So it's true. --"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeeded.

folks, you can go quit and you can do just enough but the reality is Mantle kept swinging and missing any also connected baseball players are considered great players when they fail seven out of 10 times and thus they hit .300.Folks, you've gotta keep swinging. You've got to keep trying. You can't go back to being small because otherwise your dreams die.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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