TLP165: We Have Two Choices

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Former NFL player, performer, and author - Bo Eason - discusses the one-man play he wrote and performed, Runt of the Litter; and his new book, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game. Bo started his career as a top pick for the Houston Oilers and continued on with the San Francisco 49ers. He discusses how to stay focused despite obstacles and setbacks, the difference between dreams and fantasies, and why we should publicly declare our dreams in a big way.

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Key Takeaways

[2:27] Besides being a successful speaker, performer and former NFL star, Bo is a family man with 3 kids and a wife of 20 years.

[3:44] Bo wrote and performed a one-man play called Runt of the Litter that was inspired by his own experience being the smallest athlete as a young teen. His father reminded him that it was less about brawn and more about heart and that he would just have to be faster, smarter and out perform his larger opponents.

[8:27] More options doesn’t always mean a better life. The more options, the less mastery. Bo’s new book out soon, No Plan B for Your A Game, explains that as soon as you have a Plan B or a fallback plan, that’s going to be your plan.

[11:29] When you declare your dreams publicly you have the ability to attract the right people to help you and keep you accountable.

[18:29] It’s important to surround yourself with people that respect your dreams rather than those with a mediocre mindset.

[29:33] Bo’s three steps for going after our dreams:

  1. Plan out the dream as detailed as possible.
  2. Stay focus and be ready to redirect when you are off course.
  3. Go public with it, and have others help you stay accountable.

[41:28] Every day we have a choice to create habits and actions that support our dreams, or we can go with the “fast food” of life that just feels good in the moment.

[43:52] Fantasties live in the head, while dreams live in action. It’s not at all easy either, there will be obstacles and special occasions missed.

[45:45] Bo’s challenge: declare what you want to be the best in the world at.

Quotable Quotes

  • “We are really courageous, we just need to be reminded of who we are.”
  • “We are born to be the best.”
  • “We have two choices, the choice of discipline or the choice of regret.”

Walter Payton

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