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12 Sep

Ep. 61 – Matt Mayberry – Entrepreneur & Author of Winning Plays

Matt Mayberry – Entrepreneur & Author of Winning Plays; Athlete; Speaker; Writing his first book; Building on dreams; Being realistic about entrepreneurship; Dealing w/fear.

Segment 1: (Length :04:00) – General Updates; Re-introduction to Matt Mayberry and his journey as an entrepreneur; Writing Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity & Achieving Success In Business & In Life;

Matt’s finer points:

I was inspired to write this book . . . It's my past experiences and really my whole life.

“The one question I’ll always get is, ‘How did you do your research?’ ‘How long did you do your research for?’ It’s funny. I always laugh and say, ‘I really don’t need to do much research on the topic of failure, because I’ve failed all my life.'”

“But I really wanted to write a different book, “a different business book,” because I wanted to give a story. I wanted to tell a story that was going to move people, that was going to excite people, that was going to really take them on a journey while they read.”

“I’ve read so many books that, it has great information, but I’m so bored while reading it. I think so many people want to read a story that really engages them and excites them, so I, as you mentioned before Matt, I left it all out there in this book.”

I poured my heart and soul into this book.

“I go deep into my story as a former recovering teenage drug addict. I talk about my highs and lows. I talk about my successes of making it to the NFL, and then my life now as a Writer and Speaker full-time.”

“What inspired to write this book was fully just giving up my story out there, wanting to inspire millions and millions of people, and also giving them actionable and practical ideas and strategies that they’ll be able to implement into their own life. To not only overcome adversity, that’s just one part of the equation, but ultimately, turn failure into a gift. To build on those setbacks, those tragedies and triumphs that we all will face throughout the time of our life, and ultimately live your absolute best life by becoming the best version of yourself.”

“There’s very few books that are giving you practical and actionable ideas that you can implement into your own life that’s going to help you really thrive, despite the failure and downtimes that you will experience throughout the course of your life.”

Segment 2: (Length :04:00) – Talking with Matt Mayberry; Simultaneously building on your own dreams while working a job; Changing your perspective makes great impact; Go to work on yourself.

Matt’s finer points:

“I think so many people will complain about their job or current lot in life without ever realizing that they don’t have to … That’s not a one way street that they have to go down.”

“They can use that. It might not be where they want to be. They might be going to a job that they hate, but use that experience to really fight for something bigger that you want to come to fruition in the future.”

A lot of people might not know this what I'm about to give out is, after I got hurt in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, I was nearly broke. I wasn't a first round draft pick that was getting $20 million guaranteed. I made a good amount of money in the NFL, but I basically blew it all. I didn't have any money.

“I had to go back into my parent’s house. I started speaking and writing, but I was not making enough money to earn a living, to live on my own doing this.”

“What I had to do when I really fell flat on my face after failing of writing and speaking full-time and making it a full-time business, I had to go get a full-time job.”

“We’re all going to go through a difficult time, and I think one of the two things I think you can immediately do to help. At least put yourself in a position to win and fight for that bigger future is number one. Change your perspective. Life is really all about perspective. How do you see where you are? How do you see your current situation? How do you see where you want to be 5, 10, 15 years from now?”

I fell hard on my face. I was practically broke. Had to go live in my parent's house at 23, 22 years old, and so here I am. I had to go get a job as a salesman and go to work every single day, while at night from 9 PM to 1 AM in the morning, perfect my craft as a writer and speaker, and just know that bigger times were ahead and coming.

“When I lost my dream as an NFL Linebacker, my world was crushed. I was absolutely depressed. I was angry. I was mad at myself. I was mad at the Chicago Bears for letting me go with an injury settlement. I was mad at my friends. I didn’t talk to anyone, but once I was able to change my perspective, guys, my whole world changed. Just by changing my perspective. Doing something so subtle, so small, really helped with me the building blocks to really create that bigger future.

“Regardless of what you’re going through, no matter how big your failure may be, or setback, the first thing you should do is change your perspective. Turn on the news. Read the newspaper. Look at all of the people dying in this world. You’ll realize that your situation is not the absolute worst thing going on in the world.”

“If you wake up in the morning, you breathe new life every morning when you get out of bed. That’s a blessing in itself. Learn how to be grateful for what you already have. No matter how tough, difficult that time may be, and your mood, happiness, and really whole life, will begin to change.”

“The second thing. Go to work on yourself. I can’t stress this enough. Many people want to complain about their current situation or wherever they may be, but they do not go to work on themselves. You should work harder on yourself than you do your job, or whatever it may be, because ultimately, if you want to increase your salary, if you want to start a new business, if you want to do whatever it may be to rise up the corporate ladder, you have to become more as a person.”

“You have to develop new skillsets. You have to develop new characteristics. You have to become a new type of person that’s going to take you to that next level. A lot of people forget that very important aspect.”

Segment 3: (Length :04:00) – Being realistic about what entrepreneurship is; Dealing with Fear.

Matt’s finer points:

“I think so many people have this special picture, they envision what entrepreneurship is. They envision what creating something magnificent does, and I think they look at all high achievers and think, ‘They’re lucky. I wish I could do that.'”

The fact of the matter is that anyone thriving at the top of their game, whether it be you guys, Case and Matt, developing this tremendous podcast. Building unbelievable brands. Whether it's myself, being a writer and speaker. Whatever it is, behind all of that, behind the spotlight, there were years of hard, ridiculous amounts of work. That's just the reality.

“For five years straight, I was getting paid $50, $100, $500. People look at my fee now and say, ‘Wow. He’s lucky. I would love to be in that position to give a 45 minute keynote speech and then walk off with that fee.'”

“It was never like that for me. I never did it for the money, but even when the money’s in the picture, I was barely making anything for the first three years of my life as a writer and speaker. I had to work day after day, night after night, religiously putting in the work nonstop.”

“Then eventually, I knew that if I continued to do that, persist over and over, and persevere through all the difficult and terrible times that were going to come, I’d eventually get to where I want to go.”

“The same happened as an athlete. Over and over you got to perfect on your craft. You got to go to work. You got to get better, and maybe, just maybe, you might come out on top, but you have to fight and persevere. I think so many people, they want instant gratification without putting in the work.”

“I think a lot of people would draw up this fairy tale life. They want to go out and do some magnificent … Achieve some magnificent goal that they may have, or they think it’s going to be easy, and then once they know how much work they have to put in, not so much.”

One of my favorite quotes is:

In one year from now, we will see who is really working.

“You’re going to get knocked down. You’re going to get rejected over and over again. There’s going to be months where you’re running low on money. There’s going to be time where you doubt yourself, but you got to be a tough SOB. You got to bring the dog out of you to persevere and fight for what you really want.”

“Whether that’s 5 years from now, 10 years from now. At the end of the day, the real winners will come out in light.”

“The one thing, I don’t have many fears, but I will say the one thing I’m absolutely terrified of is going to my grave with talents and abilities, and dreams and goals still inside of me.”

When I think of that quote by the legendary Thomas Edison, I’m instantly drawn to what I think about on a daily basis, to make sure that I maximize my potential every single day.”

What do you want? What do you want out of life? What characteristics do you want? What do you want your life to stand for? What do you want it to mean? I've spent some time in solitude thinking 10 minutes a day, and thinking about that one question, What do you want?

“After you know the answer to that, start to create an action plan on how that’s going to come about.”

“The second thing is why. Why do you want to do what you do? Why do you do what you do on a daily basis? Why do you want to achieve that what?”

“When you figure out those two questions, I really believe, and feel free to email me, Tweet me, whatever it may be. I really believe that your life will take on a whole new meaning once you can answer those two questions.”

Segment 4: (Length :03:00) – Hustler Thought of the Day:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Jefferson


Matt Mayberry – Entrepreneur & Author of Winning Plays

  • Matt Mayberry is a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
  • He’s the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company, specializing in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the world.
  • Little Sports Background
    • Matt is Indiana University’s current record holder for most sacks in a single game and was the team recipient of the prestigious Howard Brown Award, which exemplifies leadership, courage and work ethic.
    • With a 4.45 forty yard dash, Mayberry was signed by the NFL Chicago Bears in 2010.
  • Reaching the pinnacle of his sport, he suffered a life-changing injury. It was this event that inspired Mayberry to embrace his true passion—his true gift—helping others achieve massive success by learning how to turn failures into gifts.
  • Clients include: Fortune 500 companies, NFL and NBA teams, government, civic and nonprofit organizations, professional associations, hospitals, and universities. Been featured in NBC, Business Insider, MSN Lifestyle, Fox Business, ABC, and ESPN.


Matt Gottesman

Matt Gottesman is a global digital strategist and technology advisor, creator and editor-in-chief of Hustle & Deal Flow™ - an online magazine dedicated to the world's entrepreneurs, creators and makers, a Social Media Influencer and a consultant on New Media and go-to-market strategies for investments in digital marketing, technology, websites, mobile applications, eCommerce, social media and content.

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