Ever wonder about what made some of the world’s greatest sports legends tick? What REALLY happened behind the scenes with their lives and impact on their families?
I do…ALL the time.
Since Kobe Bryant’s passing, I’m starting to see a lot more come out about him – his approach to his sport, his life, and his family.
So that’s why I wanted to get my friend, Lindsay Berra, on the mic.
Her grandfather, Yogi Berra, didn’t become a sports legend and icon just because of the way he played…
He became a legend because of the way he LIVED.
And the legacy he left with his family was inspiring to say the least.
Not only will Lindsay and I talk about what Yogi was like off the field, we’re going to dig into the traits he instilled in her…
Because Lindsay is a trailblazer in her own right…
- 13 years at ESPN
- 5 years at MLB Network and MLB.com
- Writer for the Sports Business Journal, New York Times, Men’s Health, and a ton more
- Dual-sport student-athlete at the University of North Carolina
In this episode, we talk about…
- What helped Yogi Berra come up in the clutch over and over again
- A common trend when it comes to high-achievers falling short of their ultimate best
- How to handle pressure, especially when deadlines are constant and expectations are high
And, of course…
- What it was like having a @yankees legend as your grandfather
If you want to learn from one of the greatest sports figures of all time, this is the interview for you!
[00:03 – 19:44] Introducing Lindsay to the show
- Lindsay’s most embarrassing moment
- Getting into journalism
- How to fight through the stereotypes and assumptions about you
[19:45 – 25:28] What Helped Yogi Berra Come Up Clutch Over And Over Again
- Confidence in yourself (vs. arrogance)
- Yogi Berra believed he was the best at what he did without ever thinking that he was better than everyone else
- If you’re going to be a leader, you need to be worthy of the respect of the people you’re leading.
- When you’re nice to people, you’re just going to bring better people into your orbit
[25:29 – 29:59] The Common Trend When It Comes To Nutrition And High-Achievers Falling Short Of Their Ultimate Best
- Most athletes have a balanced, “in moderation” approach
- BUT NOTE TO ALL THE NON-PRO ATHLETES: Most pro athletes are outliers – stop trying to imitate EXACTLY what they do
- They’re all incredibly dedicated to their routines – you do it REGARDLESS of how you feel
[30:00 – 31:59] How To Handle Pressure
- Be a list maker
- Making lists even works when you’re hearing voices in your head before you go to bed – so when you wake up you can take up the conversation with those voices in the AM
[32:00 – 41:37] What It Was Like Growing Up With Yogi Berra As Your Grandfather
- Yogi didn’t attach ANY emotion to a negative outcome
[41:38 – 48:06] Wrapping Up!
- Lindsay’s BIG domino – what she thinks Yogi would want to tell YOU
- How to connect with Lindsay
“Yogi Berra believed he was the best at what he did without ever thinking that he was better than everyone else.” – Lindsay Berra talking about her grandfather
“If you’re going to be a leader, you need to be worthy of the respect of the people you’re leading. You’re not going to get that if you’re being a jerk.” – Lindsay Berra
“Don’t attach ANY emotion to a negative outcome.” – Lindsay Berra
“There’s nothing more important than your family and your relationships with people – TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE!” – Lindsay Berra
CONNECT WITH LINDSAY
- Instagram: @lindsayberra
- Twitter: @lindsayberra
- Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
- Food of the Gods Podcast (Instagram: @foodofthegods | Twitter: @foodofthegodsp1)
- “It Ain’t Over” Yogi Berra Documentary
- Team Mustard
CONNECT WITH J.R.
- Facebook: @jamesJRreid
- Instagram: @jamesjrreid
- LinkedIn: in/jamesjrreid/
- Twitter: @jamesJRreid
- Website: jamesreid.com
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