Ep.68 | Seth Berger | Have Fun. Make a Difference.

How’s it possible to have fun and make a difference at the same time?

For years, I used to think that making a difference on a large scale was possible, but the cost of it was always a daily grind.

“I’m on the grind” became my war cry.

Little did I know the definition of grind = hard DULL work.

I don’t mind hard work…it’s in my DNA. But dull work? No thanks.

Today, I sit down and discuss how to achieve the highest levels of success WHILE having fun with former AND1 co-Founder, Venture Capitalist, Championship Coach, and the Managing Director of the Philadelphia 76ers Innovation Lab, Seth Berger.

In this latest episode of the Coming Up Clutch with J.R.™ show, Seth and I talk about…

  • The key lesson Seth learned as an athlete that led to his success as an entrepreneur, executive, and coach
  • How to deal with failure after the highs of a major success
  • How to continue to pursue excellence at the highest levels and still maintain a tight knit family

…and so much more.

Seth is a ball of energy and wisdom…and he’s very black and white when it comes to the do’s and don’ts of success and leadership.

If you want to learn the keys to success from someone who’s experienced major championships won in both business and sports, then don’t miss today’s episode.

Seth gets real and shares a TON of knowledge.

[00:01 – 15:15] Introducing Seth to the Show

  • Seth’s most embarrassing moment and the lesson learned from it
  • Seth’s story and background

[15:16 – 28:45] The Lesson Seth Learned As An Athlete That Led To His Success As An Entrepreneur, Executive, And Coach

  • Don’t ease into the process of being the best you can be
  • The best time to get as good as you can is RIGHT AWAY – have to attack it and become as good as you can as fast as you can
  • Find a way to identify as a COMPETITOR and compete every day in whatever role you’re in
  • The principles in business are the same in sports. We’re all here to win.
  • Your resume gets you in the door. Your performance keeps you in the room.

[28:46 – 35:09] How To Deal With Failure After The Highs Of Success

  • Never be afraid to fail…failure is just a part of who I am.
  • Everything I go into, I’m going in to my best, but I also know that I have my limits and I’m imperfect.
  • As soon as the feeling was in my gut that things weren’t working, I shut it down

[35:10 – 38:45] The One Thing Not To Do When The People Around You Don’t See The Things The Same Way As You

  • Don’t judge them

[38:46 – 42:39] How To Pursue Excellence At The Highest Levels And Maintain A Tight Knit Family

  • Every decision I made was made with my responsibility as a husband and father as the FIRST context as opposed to my last context
  • Viewed family as one great team
  • I was put on this earth to be a FATHER, and everything is secondary to that

[42:40 – 45:21] Wrapping Up

  • Seth’s BIG domino
  • How to connect with Seth


“Don’t ease into the process of being the best you can be.” – Seth Berger

“The best time to get as good as you can is RIGHT AWAY.” – Seth Berger

“Your resume gets you in the door. Your performance keeps you in the room.” – Seth Berger

“When you feel like you have to do something different with your time, it’s time to do something different with your time.” – Seth Berger



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