In this episode, I interview football analyst and world traveller Yogi Roth. Yogi engages in a lot of different subjects. We can learn from him because he has the types of skills that we’d like to cultivate in our students; the curiosity and wanting to experience the world.
Yogi Roth is a Pac-12 Networks college football analyst, Filmmaker, Scholar, New York Times Best-Selling Author, accomplished Coach, Motivational Speaker, Media Personality, Host and World-Traveler who has been studying human potential for over a decade.
Yogi began his collegiate career as an athlete at the University of Pittsburgh where he walked on the football team earning a full athletic scholarship as a wide receiver. He then began a coaching career on the staff of Pete Carroll at USC. After graduating magna cum laude and earning his master’s degree in communication management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, he rose through the coaching ranks, where he would become USC’s assistant Quarterbacks Coach. After four years on the USC coaching staff he transitioned to media, where he began a career as a college football analyst and host for ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Networks.
After pitching and producing his first documentary for ESPN, 3 FOR THE SHOW, Yogi became hooked on storytelling.
He co-wrote the book, WIN FOREVER (2010) with Pete Carroll, as well as his own book, FROM PA TO LA (2010). In 2011, he continued to hone his storytelling craft as a producer on DEPTH CHART.
He currently serves as a producer and narrator on the Pac-12 Network’s groundbreaking series THE DRIVE, which follows a football program intimately throughout a season. Most recently, Roth made his directorial debut with the documentary feature film, LIFE IN A WALK, which follows Yogi and his father, Will, on their trek along the Camino De Santiago, a famous pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain.
An expert traveler, Yogi has traveled to over 20 countries exploring the power of sport in each society. In 2014, he sailed around Cape Horn, South America, filming the documentary titled, THE CAPE, which is in post-production and scheduled for release in 2017.
Yogi is also the co-founder of Win Forever, LLC with Pete Carroll, which is an applied mindset training program for corporate leaders to develop a culture of high performance for individuals and teams to become the very best in their fields.
(02:57) When you hear the word “successful,” what’s the first word or person that comes to mind?
(03:59) Is there somebody who’s a model for you as far as how their flame is lit or the passion that they have, that you kind of strive to keep your flame lit towards?
(06:17) One of the things that attracted me to your story is just the multiple things that you’re interested and curious in… But I think where I’d like to start is with your family’s journey. I’d love for you to share with our audience the story of your grandmother and grandfather and what they went through to provide the life that you have.
On his grandparents:
I learned how to love from them. They should have and could have hated the world, and never went down that road.
(15:10) What would you say to someone who missed that opportunity but still wants to learn, or has somebody just already learned from that without even having to ask the questions, just knowing what they went through?
(19:54) What are your thoughts on presence and its importance in using adversity to your advantage?
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The ultimate robbery in life is thinking so far ahead that you miss what’s happening right now because so many simple joys happen daily.
(23:41) Can you speak to what you felt at that time, why you decided to leave coaching and get into media, or travel.
(28:57) Let’s say you got another opportunity, and it ends up being a head coaching type job or OC-type job, would you take it? Or do you agree with me, as in, this is the right balance?
(31:24) You mentioned your preparation. I’m curious about that preparation. Can you take us through your morning routine, maybe your first half hour, hour of your morning routine? And then also when you’re getting ready for a broadcast, whether it’s 5 minutes, 15 minutes ? What is the structure that you have in place for preparing so that you are polished in that situation?
(37:23) When you’re watching film, do you have a notepad out? Are you writing down every single play or are there specific trends that you’re looking for as you’re watching the film, that are key to you? Or you just taking notes?
(38:49) One of the things that’s apparent to me is you’ve created opportunities for yourself throughout your life. What are the key skills that you’ve learned? What are the 2-3 key skills in creating these opportunities if somebody wants to achieve impact in their life?
(44:42) Are there any books that you would recommend to the audience, and why?
(46:56) What’s your next project? What else are you working on?