Jim Harshaw of Wrestling with Success Podcast talks about struggle, resilience and using adversity to your advantage, and how this is important to instill in our kids, and in our classrooms.
Failure, struggle and setbacks are not only an inevitable part of life but a necessary step on the path to success.
Jim Harshaw has learned many life lessons on the wrestling mat. Having been a Division I All American and won three ACC Championships for the University of Virginia, trained at the Olympic Training Center and competed overseas for Team USA, he has experienced significant triumph and devastating defeat. He relates those powerful lessons of failure, struggle and setback to empower his audiences to overcome their own challenges and achieve success despite their inevitable failures.
Jim is a speaker, executive coach and host of the Wrestling with Success podcast.
(03:02) When you hear the word “successful,” who’s the first person, or what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
(04:58) Jim’s background
(06:53) Your mom and dad, what do they do for work? Were they athletes previously?
(08:20) What sort of lessons did you learn from your parents, in the way that they modeled behavior and how they lived life, that now affect you everyday?
(11:46) Let’s dive into your athletic career. Dive into your collegiate wrestling career and give us the highest achievement that you made.
“Just focus on what you can do. Focus on that process, and not the outcome.”
(16:32) I don’t understand why it’s not taught earlier. Goals are talked about a lot, but process is never talked about. Why do you think that is, just as a coach yourself?
“Failure is okay. But what’s not okay is giving up because you failed.
“Failure is a necessary step on the path to success.”
(21:29) I’m interested in everything that we discussed and how it applies to your kids. Being the high performer that you are and you continue to be, and the fact that because you have reached a certain level of success, I oftentimes think about how your kids or my kids, potentially won’t have to struggle as much in their life and how does that affect the way that they develop as human beings… How do you teach a kid who doesn’t have to struggle that much in their life to become the type of person that they need to become, to have peace of mind in their success?
(25:36) I’m interested in your morning routines. What do you do on the first hour, hour and a half of your day?
(28:22) Why don’t you tell us about your coaching and speaking? Love to hear more about what you teach your coaching clients and your overall practice.
(32:26) Is there a book that has most influenced you, and why?
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
(33:37) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
Why I teach my children to fail | Jim Harshaw
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