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Episode 49- John Smoltz on Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

October 18, 2018 • Athletes & Coaches
John Smoltz

Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz relished the big stage. The only Atlanta Braves player to be part of the franchise’s historic run of 14 consecutive division titles, Smoltz helped the Braves to five World Series appearances and the 1995 title. In his 21-year career, Smoltz shifted between starter and closer, making history as the only player in big league history with at least 200 career wins and at least 150 saves. On this episode, we talk about how he dealt with adversity throughout this career and the importance of embracing discomfort as a pathway to growth.

Show Notes

  • On why his career in baseball was unique (1:44)
  • Learning to adapt so that he could extend his career (3:16)
  • How he taught himself to pitch as a kid (4:30)
  • Embracing the pressure of the biggest moments (6:37)
  • The 1987 trade to the Atlanta Braves that changed the course of his career (8:36)
  • Finding teaching moments in adversity (10:54)
  • “There is one vowel change between the words bitter and better.” (12:00)
  • The three things he learned about leadership from Bobby Cox (12:56)
  • How his relationship with teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux pushed them all to be better (16:32)
  • The keys to the Atlanta Braves team chemistry and sustained success (19:00)
  • How he turned around a 2-11 start to a 12-2 finish in 1991 and his experience working with a sports psychologist (22:02)
  • His pre-game routine (26:05)
  • The shift from starter to closer… and back to starter (31:58)
  • Embracing his faith and learning to separate himself from the outcome (36:50)
  • The importance of self-awareness and not letting others define who you are (42:00)
  • The importance of getting out of your comfort zone(43:18)
  • John’s advice for leaning into discomfort (47:02)
  • The practical jokes inside the Atlanta Braves clubhouse (50:45)

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