Super Bowl Champ Ryan Harris on Perseverance, Competition and Creating a Mindset for Mastery (#1)

Ryan Harris Joshua Dorkin Undeniably Curious

Today’s guest, Ryan Harris is a good friend of mine.  We met several years back at the introduction of a mutual friend and immediately hit it off.  We always have deep conversations on topics like race, religion, success, family, personal finance and I knew I had to have him as one of my first guests so we could dive in on all of those topics and more. 

Highlights from the show include our conversation about everyone’s right to be extraordinary, the importance of controlling your mind and how self doubt and fear drive you, our discussion of race and religion, hard work, mental toughness, and how to create a “Mindset for Mastery” through tasks like self-care and identifying your distractions.

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Ryan’s Bio:

 Best selling author Ryan Harris is a 10 year veteran of the NFL, playing on 4 different teams including the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers and  In 2015, he became a Super Bowl Champion after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos. In 2016 he retired from football, but began a new career as a broadcaster, author and motivational speaker. 

Ryan graduated from The University of Notre Dame with two degrees, Economics and Policy, and the other in Political Science. Ryan also speaks fluent Spanish. 

These days you can Catch Ryan on ‘The Fantasy Football Hour’, CBS4 Denver, Altitude TV and more. You can also listen to Ryan on the radio During Notre Dame Football broadcasts and on Altitude Radio in Denver.

Ryan speaks across the nation about Leadership, Mindset and financial literacy.

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Ryan with Yama and several other sumo wrestlers

Time Stamps
(0:00) What to expect in today’s episode
(2:16) Undeniably Curious announcements
(3:30) Introduction to today’s guest, Ryan Harris
(5:33) Sumo wrestling with Yama
(7:14) “Being extraordinary” vs. “Everybody’s right to be extraordinary”
(9:09) Visualization as an NFL player
(10:10) “Your thoughts aren’t real”
(13:10) Overcoming the BS thoughts
(16:30) A story about my first encounter with Ryan
(17:36) Being the only race in the room
(21:17) How do we better with welcoming other races? // “You gotta get comfortable being uncomfortable”
(24:44) Converting to Islam
(29:05) Unity through shared experience, and shared information
(32:23) Discovering the root of peoples’ “fear” of other races
(34:08) We’ve all got to figure out how to live in unity on this earth
(35:16) 12-year-old Ryan dealing with his dad’s kidney disease
(38:24) Ryan’s MTV experience
(41:00) “performance body” vs. “beach-body” “perfect body”
(44:16) Meeting Obama during the Super Bowl 50 visit
(46:36) How to maintain a consistent NFL career (with a 100% injury rate)
(50:40) Avoid the “T.G.I.F.” mentality
(51:46) ”If you don’t work hard early, you’re gonna work harder, longer, later”
(53:14) Football and CTE // Keeping the mind sharp – “A lot of people risk a lot more for a lot less”
(58:08) Inspiration behind Ryan’s book: “Mindset for Mastery”
(1:02:50) “Digging for diamonds”
(1:04:36) Identifying the distractions in your life
(1:06:56) Scheduling time for self care
(1:09:43) Roosevelt quote: “It’s not the critic who counts…”
(1:13:15) Don’t get knocked off your path by BS // Recognize the effort
(1:15:49) Final Impact: Has curiosity ever gotten you in trouble?
(1:18:03) Final Impact: Whose life would you live? What specific day?
(1:19:12) Final Impact: What would your tombstone one-liner be?
(1:19:49) Final Impact: Most impactful book?
(1:20:35) How to get in touch with Ryan

Resources & Links

Website: RyanHarris68.com 

Twitter: @salaams_from_68 

Instagram: @ryanharris_68 

Get Ryan’s book on Amazon: “Mindset for Mastery” 

Booking contact: [email protected] 

2 comments on “Super Bowl Champ Ryan Harris on Perseverance, Competition and Creating a Mindset for Mastery (#1)

  1. Michael Bugg says:

    Wow was that a great episode!! So many great things packed in. Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much!!

    1. Joshua Dorkin says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Michael! I appreciate it!

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