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Ep.53 | Lindsay Berra | Yogi Berra’s Granddaughter Shares the Keys Behind Her and the Yankees Legend’s Success

Ep.53 | Lindsay Berra | Yogi Berra’s Granddaughter Shares the Keys Behind Her and the Yankees Legend’s Success

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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.

It’s inspiring. 

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

  • Perspective
  • 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

KEY QUOTES

“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

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