What can sport teach us about life and how best to live it? Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert and uses sport to answer life’s big questions.
Perspective: Anne Keothavong
How our experiences inform how we see the world, with GB's Fed Cup captain. Anne Keothavong was formerly Britain's number one ranked tennis player, but her route into the sport was anything but typical. Her parents are from Laos in South East Asia; they raised their children on a housing estate in Hackney, and saw tennis as one way to give them more opportunities than they had. As well as the impact of her upbringing and her parents' outlook on her perspective, Anne talks about the sad death of Elena Baltacha – her top rival to be British number one during their playing days. (NB: the Fed Cup will be renamed the Billie Jean King cup in 2021.) @simonmundie
Obsession: Adam Peaty
What it takes to become one of the greatest athletes on the planet with Adam Peaty – the 2016 Olympic Champion, an eight-time World Champion, a twelve-time European Champion and a three-time Commonwealth Champion. He has broken world records twelve times and currently holds three of them. In this episode, Adam talks about the daily dedication required to become one of the greatest swimmers on the planet, and shares what he's learned about the value of self-reflection and the danger of pinning our happiness and self-worth on what we achieve.
(Photo of Adam Peaty by Mine Kasapoglu.)
Visualisation: Sir Nick Faldo
How to harness the power of your imagination to achieve success, with Britain's greatest ever golfer. Sir Nick Faldo spent 97 weeks as the world number one and won six majors, three at The Open and three at The Masters, and he attributes much of his success to his powers of visualisation, which is the theme of this episode. He explains how he used to visualise twice a day in his pomp, and "saw" himself as the winner of major championships before it happened. He explains what he believes is the key to sports psychology - focusing on what you do want not what you don't - and shares tips on dealing with pressure and quickly forgetting bad results. Sir Nick also explains the importance of reframing "failure". @simonmundie
Making things happen: Maurice Hamilton
The art of creating opportunities and turning dreams into reality. Maurice Hamilton is a Formula One legend, albeit not for his skill behind the wheel but as one of the sport's greatest authors. He's been part of the sport since 1977 and was the Observer's motor racing correspondent for 20 years. The theme of this episode is "making things happen" as Maurice's route into the sport was certainly unorthodox. He left school with no great ditinction and tried his hand at sales and accountancy before deciding that he would do whatever it took to follow his F1 dream. He took risks and displayed creativity and perseverance before eventually making it after a long and winding journey. Along the way he was inspired by a quote from Rudolf Caracciola, who himself overcame huge odds and adversity to become one of the sport's earliest stars. It read: "I believe every man can achieve the goal he strives for. I also believe the every man who feels in himself a strong desire to do a certain job will eventually end up doing that job no matter how many detours he has to take to get there." @simonmundie
The art of selling: Eddie Hearn
Why sales is an important life skill and how to get better at it, with top sports promoter Eddie Hearn. Eddie is now the managing director of Matchroom Sports, but he cut his teeth in the world of double-glazing. He's since mastered his craft, and he shares what he's learned in climbing to the top of his profession. Eddie shares wisdom on the importance of passion and energy – whether you are selling a product or yourself. He talks about ditching ego and having a "beginner's mind", as well as the importance of breaking grand visions down piece by piece. He also opens up about the "chip on his shoulder" and learning to embrace balance. @simonmundie
Self-reflection: Jamie Peacock
The value of observing and evaluating yourself in order to grow as a person. Jamie Peacock is one of rugby league's greatest ever players. He captained both England and Great Britain and is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners' medals, as well as picking up the prestigious Man of Steel award. Jamie made a smooth transition out of the sport upon retiring, down in no small part to his ability to separate his personal from his sporting identity. Jamie learnt to be self-reflective while playing professional sport, and has taken that skill forward into the rest of his life. He explains the value of living your values, what sport teaches you about problem-solving, why facing your fear is so important and much more besides. @simonmundie
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Can't stop listening
A brilliant insight into sport and life. Simon really has a fantastic way of bringing out the experiences and life advice of each guest. Keep it going! If it hasn't been already recommended, look into the Bruce Cook documentary Never Say Can't on YouTube. Very inspiring, all about not giving up on your passions, especially in extreme adversity.
Wish This Had Been Around Years Ago
Simon is excellent and so are his guests. Very insightful, lots of humility and I’d suggest anyone listening to this will be the better for it.
Don’t worry about the score you’re winning
Been loving listening to these since I got on to them, great style of delivery, great guests and always with inspirational insights and stories. Plenty to taken away from every listen, I’m just finding it hard to work out which one to catch up with next.