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    Ep. 5 – NFL Great Joe Theismann On Dealing with Adversity and Embracing Change in Your Life

    Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) is a former NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, broadcaster, author, and restaurateur. Joe is best known for his NFL career with the Washington Redskins where he played quarterback, guiding the Redskins to the Super Bowl championships by 1982. Joe followed up the next season by winning the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1983. Following his infamous career-ending leg injury, Joe worked as a broadcaster and analyst for ESPN for nearly 20 years while also working on a broadcast team with the NFL Network. Additionally, Joe is a restaurateur, owning Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar. He also performs as a speaker for corporate events, speaking on topics such as leadership and self-motivation. In this episode, we discuss aspects of Joe’s career that many do not know about it, including his decision to forego the NFL and play in the Canadian Football League. We talk Joe’s infamous leg injury and how it affected his career and forced him to embrace change in his life. Ever the storyteller, Joe takes us many inspirational, funny, and life changing aspects of his life. We talk about all of this and more with Joe’s contagious enthusiasm and motivational nuggets of advice that he’s adopted from his incredible journey. Enjoy!

    Show Notes: 2:40 – The story behind why he changed his last name at Notre Dame 6:45 – On why Joe chose to play football at Notre Dame 9:48 – How he went from punt returner to starting quarterback 13:48 – On his decision to play pro football in Canada instead of the NFL 19:58 – What Joe thinks separated him from other quarterbacks 22:40 – The things that Joe mentally struggled with during his NFL career 26:25 – Joe talks about his infamous leg injury and the aftermath of it on his career 32:33 – Lessons Joe learned from his 23 years in broadcasting 34:00 – On why Joe chose broadcasting over coaching 35:35 – On what Joe thinks most people don’t understand about being successful 37:45 – On embracing change in life 39:22 – The things that Joe thinks are important in life Show Links: Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar Theme music: DREAM by SackJo22 ft. Jeris Haskel
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    Ep. 4 – Pro Cyclist Sarah Sturm on Suffering for Performance, Racing Your Own Race, and Taking Care of Your Mental Health

    Sarah Sturm (Instagram: @sariebear_ie) is a professional cyclist for Team Specialized, a graphic designer, and women’s leadership advocate. Sarah is a former NCAA national champion at Fort Lewis College after winning the 2011 Short Track National Championship. Said Team Specialized teammate, Ruby West, of Sarah: “From the moment I met her, I was struck by her friendly, enthusiastic, totally badass personality, and her eagerness to take on new challenges.” In this episode, we discuss many of Sarah’s views on sport and life while also touching on her unique ability to suffer more than the competition. “I can suffer until I can’t see straight, and then suffer some more.” Sarah talks about her thoughts on the current state of social media and how it affects us personally and as a society, especially the downsides of comparing ourselves to others. Sarah explains the importance of taking care of your mental health and the strategies that she uses to overcome her stresses, worries, and the hard days. Enjoy!

    Show Notes: 3:55 – On growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico 7:04 – How Sarah got into mountain sports 10:38 – Sarah’s thoughts on comparing herself to others 13:12 – On the impact of social media 16:29 – Sarah’s advice on the use of social media 19:32 – On tactics Sarah uses to disconnect from technology 23:36 – On her decision to attend Fort Lewis College in Colorado 26:47 – On Sarah’s ability to suffer to gain peak performance 30:02 – How Sarah pushes through to overcome the difficult times 36:15 – On her decision to become a pro cyclist 39:45 – On racing cyclocross 41:45 – On Sarah’s unhappiness and her decision to briefly step away from cycling 45:48 – How Sarah’s attitude changed when she came back to cycling 49:15 – On the importance of failing 50:45 – The moment Sarah wanted to quit cycling 52:42 – The tactics Sarah developed to overcome the tough times 55:40 – Sarah’s disastrous story of training for a 100-mile race 1:03:03 – On Ten Speed Hero clothing partnership 1:05:53 – Sarah’s experience designing cycling kits 1:07:30 – Sarah’s new project regarding mental health in athletics 1:10:56 – Her thoughts on how to get the stigma of mental health changed 1:13:10 – The one thing Sarah is too timid to try publicly 1:16:35 – On how to deal with negativity 1:17:45 – What Sarah wishes she had more time to do 1:19:55 – The most important daily habit that she’s adopted 1:20:52 – Sarah’s mentors and the best advice they’ve given her 1:23:55 – On the worst advice she hears given 1:26:20 – The thing Sarah learned that she wishes she would’ve known when she was younger 1:28:07 – On the things Sarah does that other people think is odd 1:30:30 – Sarah’s thoughts on success 1:32:55 – Sarah’s message that she would broadcast to the world Show Links: Mountain Messiah by Sarah Sturm on Eskapee Scrappy Rambler Blog Team Specialized x Ten Speed Hero Ten Speed Hero Idle Theory Bus: A Life of the Road Theme music: DREAM by SackJo22 ft. Jeris Haskel