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Athlete Minded: Stories

This podcast consists of the real stories from athletes about the toll athletics takes on the mind and body. We discuss the mental and emotional struggle athletes face, and what we can do about it.
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Mar 30, 2016

As part of our NCAA series coinciding with the NCAA tournament, we talk to money management expert Chris Fisher.  Chris coaches young football players in Texas and was a collegiate athlete of his own, so he understand the rigors of the sport.  But more importantly, he now understand the business side of the sport.

One of the best moment of this podcast was when he mentions the term athlete-entrepreneur.  Chris talks about how athletes are really entrepreneurs and they must protect their brand:  Themselves.  Even if they are not getting paid yet since they are "amateurs" by NCAA standards, they still carry a reputation that will be in the minds of fans, agents, and coaches once their careers end.  

We also discuss who to entrust your money too, and how to gain skills in money management.  I highly recommend his book Warning: Professional Sports Don't Make Millionaires which goes into detail about the myths of professional sports.

His website can be found at elite35sports.com.

Mar 24, 2016

This episode, I was fortunate to have an ultramarathon duo on the other side of the mic.  Melissa and Jon are not only partners in life, but partners in running as well.  Even on one of their first dates, Jon invited Melissa to run a marathon with him. 

The most interesting thing about this podcast was how upbeat they are about training and running.  They look at running 30 miles as fun, and the relationships they build along the way make it an even better experience.

Even though they agree you have to be in near-perfect physical shape for an ultra, they mention how important the mental side is.  The mind will give you doubts about how far you can run or when you think you can finish, but that's the stuff you have to push through.

Another awesome thing about this duo is how they document their journey.  They have their own website (ultramelandjon.com) which includes pictures, blogs, and product reviews.  You can find more information about them on Twitter with @Ultra_mel_jon and Facebook with Ultra Mel & Jon.

Mar 22, 2016

Once Jon Cohen's parents divorced at an early age, sports gave him something to focus on.  He played all the sports growing up, and especially loved football.

However, even though he worked hard, politics wormed their way in, even at the middle school level.  The most shocking part of this interview is when Jon recalls the moment when his coach told the team, with him in earshot, "I will never have a Jew as my quarterback."

Even though he dealt with this bullying and abuse, Jon still continued to play football in high school, and eventually transferred his skills to the rugby field at Quinnipiac University.  There, he got the joy of the game back since he didn't have to deal with an official coach.

As Jon explains his transition to being a non-athlete, he describes similar experiences of bullying at the office working in commercial real estate, but fortunately now he knows how to deal with it in a positive way.

Mar 8, 2016

Former Division 1 college athlete (Stanford) and NBA journeyman Greg Butler discusses his life as a basketball player.  Not only does he go into deep detail about the politics of being an NBA athlete, he shares his stories of when he finally finished his career, and how he transitioned into being a non-athlete.

When you do something for 35 years of your life, it's hard to transition into being something else, primarily because people see you as that thing.  Greg talks about how people try to label you, and the difficulty they face when you aren't just one thing.

Greg also talks about how he sees basketball as being a detriment to his life now because he played it so long, and he didn't get a head start on his career after athletics.  He also provides athletes advice to learn from his experiences as a high-level athlete.

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