This week’s guest on The Secrets to Winning is performance coach Alan Stein Jr., a keynote speaker and author who spent 15+ years as an NBA performance coach working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet including Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Victor Oladipo, and others. Currently, he teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. His book Raise Your Game shares the secret principles used by world-class performers that will help you improve your productivity and achieve higher levels of success.
Here is an excerpt from Raise Your Game that foreshadows what this podcast is all about:
“High achievers are at the top of their game because of the discipline they have during the unseen hours. They have made a commitment to establish, tweak, and repeat positive habits in everything they do. The basic principles provided in RAISE YOUR GAME are simple, but not easy. We live in an instantly downloadable world that encourages us to skip steps. We are taught to chase what’s hot, flashy and sexy and ignore what’s basic. But the basics work. They always have and they always will.”
Alan specializes in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity making him one of the top motivational speakers you’ll ever hear.
02:20 – Attributes that make the best basketball players in the world as good as they are
05:00 – Preparing to win and being competitive vs. emphasizing who won or lost
08:10 – Moving from developmental stages to creating a winning mentality
10:00 – Alan’s view on sport specialization
13:20 – The 10,000 Hour Rule and how it has lost its context
17:15 – Early recruiting and how it hinders late-developing athletes
23:30 – “One-and-done” model in NBA vs. MLB draft model – pros and cons for the athlete
30:45 – Collegiate athletes not having ability to profit off of their likeness
37:10 – What has Alan learned from the best athletes he’s worked with (Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Victor Oladipo, etc.) in NBA?
47:00 – Kevin Durant and how he dealt with public criticism
49:00 – Importance of being coachable and open to feedback
'They’ve found a way to fall in love with the process and never get bored with the basics. They understand how important the fundamentals are.' - Alan, on best NBA players he’s worked with (Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Victor Oladipo, and more)
What makes high performers high performers is no matter what the feedback is, they find a way to use it to move forward and get better.