Real Leaders

NBA Consultant: Coach Your Business like Basketball

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast

“My definition of success is inner peace. True happiness is just inner peace. When you trust yourself, you know what kind of value you bring to the world, you know what you want to accomplish in the world. That’s what it is, it’s true peace.”

Drew Hanlen is a private skills coach and consultant for NBA players, and CEO of Pure Sweat Sports. More recently, he has also introduced his strategic coaching process to the business world. In both business and basketball, he helps clients take their game to the next level.

The following is a summary of Episode 114 of the Real Leaders Podcast, a conversation with private skills coach Drew Hanlen. Watch, read, or listen to the full conversation below.

Off-Court to On-Court Strategy

The funny thing is most of the executives that hire me, they hire me because they’ve hit a plateau and they want to take their game to the next level. If you use the word game like I do. And a lot of times we find out that something off of the court, outside of their business, is the thing that’s really holding them back.”

  1. Have a clear objective 
    • not numerous objectives, but one that you can put all energy towards
  2. Create a road map
    • not only for what direction you’re going, but exactly the steps to get there
  3. Have an accountability partner 
    • someone to consistently keep you on track

Overcoming Ego

“I always say: you have to master the role that you’re in while working towards the role that you want… You have to succeed in your current role to work toward getting the chance to prove that you can provide value in that future role that you want.”

  1. Have to be a willing learner
  2. Have to crave improvement if you’re going to get results
  3. Have to put in the work
Listen to episode 114 on Spotify, Anchor, Crowdcast, and Apple Podcasts

Quotes to Motivate

“You should pursue things that bring you energy. That’s it.”

“My grandma always told me, ‘You’re never going to have everything you want, but you’re always going to have more than you need.”’

“I believe that most people fail at accomplishing things because they focus so much on direction instead of the steps to get there.”

“Here’s what happens: when you start something: you get motivated. And when you get motivated, things get easier. And when things get easier, then you start wanting to do them more often.”

“Hate me now, thank me later. That’s what I always tell my clients.”


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