When I was a kid, school was the worst. I had dyslexia, no friends, and did horribly on all my tests. At the start of eighth grade, I was reading at a second-grade level. In fact, I told the school principal multiple times I wanted to die. But there was a sanctuary for me in sports, and I channeled all my frustration and struggle into my performance on the field.
It paid off, and by the time I graduated high school (barely passing) I was an All-American in two sports. After breaking a world record in college football, I was completely focused on making it to the NFL. I was on track, in my rookie season as part of the Arena Football League, when I smashed my wrist, and with it, my dream.
I spent a year and a half depressed and broke, sleeping on my sister’s couch. Then I finally pulled myself together and found a new career in online entrepreneurship. A few years later, I could call myself a successful businessman, but I was still fundamentally unfulfilled.
I did some soul-searching, and realized that if I wanted to do something great, I needed to learn from people who had done it. So I started a podcast that would let me pick the brains of the brightest people in the world. I wanted to learn what greatness was from the source. I titled my podcast “The School of Greatness.” That’s what it was for me. An education in greatness from the greats themselves.
From episode one, I knew I was onto something. Now, two years and more than 10 million downloads later, I’ve had the chance to learn from people like Tony Robbins, Scooter Braun, Julianne Hough, Jack Canfield, and so many others.
I close each interview by asking my guest how they define greatness. Their answers have highlighted key themes in the lives of people we consider “great”: