Former NFL player, now entrepreneur Anthony Trucks talks about his adversity moments starting from when he entered the foster care system at age 3. He shares how he passes on life lessons to his kids, & gives an overview of his Trust Your Hustle program.
Anthony Trucks is a former NFL player, father of 3, author, speaker, 6 figure consultant, life guide, and entrepreneur coach.
At 3 years old, Anthony and his three siblings entered the foster care system and spend the earliest years of life feeling less than human. He experienced physical and mental abuse, starvation, and torture. All before the age of 6 before he was placed into a home where he would eventually be adopted as the sole black person in a poor all white family 8 years later.
His life has been riddled with ups and downs from the start, and they haven’t slowed down three decades later. For many people these life issues would leave them broken and unable to function in life, but for him it was the opposite. He fought hard and come out successful on the other side.
Anthony played college football for the University of Oregon and then played in the NFL for the Bucs, Redskins, and Steelers. After his career-ending injury playing for the Steelers, he started his own company, AnthonyTrucks.com, where he helps people design and build better lives in the areas of business, fitness, and overall personal development.
(03:12) When you hear the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind, and why?
(04:10) Anthony’s background
(15:04) I’ve read a lot of research on childhood adversity. There’s this research that came out of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child that said: Kids who have experienced significant adversity in their lives, the ones who have been able to transcend that and respond in positive ways to build their life in quality, impactful ways, have had at least one adult mentor in their life who they could turn to and lean on for support. Was your mom that person for you? Or was there somebody else?
(17:37) What did football and sports do for you in your development?
(19:12) Do you think that if you didn’t have football, would you have been able to manifest the good behaviors that you wanted to manifest? Would you have found an outlet to do that? Or, do you think you would have gone down a worse path?
(21:12) A lot of us look for those external validations, those external rewards. And until you start to develop your own internal core beliefs and confidence in yourself to draw that motivation internal, rather than external, that’s a huge realization.
(22:21) We talk a lot about process versus outcomes on the show. I think we have an over-reliance on goal-setting. It’s setting this external goal which is going to provide external validation but is not sustainable. And you can only rise to the goal, not surpass the goal. But if you appreciate the process, you will surpass those goals… I wonder if that’s what you’re exactly teaching in your Trust Your Hustle program.
(24:05) I’d love to talk about this concept of Trust Your Hustle, and what the experience is like for a client.
(28:44) If you’re a listener today, and you’re really jiving with what you’re talking about, Anthony, what’s one small win or action step to get started up that mountain that you would suggest to people?
(30:36) If you’re successful in what you’re doing… you’re probably already financially successful. How do you instill the same values and drive, and things that you want your kids to understand the perspective, I guess. How do you do that? They’re not going to go through the same things that you went through.
(34:04) You mentioned some statistics earlier about foster children. What do you think made you the exception to that rule?
(38:14) Are there any books that have most impacted you, and why?
(39:48) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?