The last couple of nights, the MSBA Class had the opportunity to hear Joe Favorito, the PR guru who has had experience working with the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Fordham University athletic department and Ed Tseng, the peak performance and mental toughness expert speak.
Having the opportunity to listen to both men speak was amazing. After listening to Joe speak, the main point I got out of it was that working in any industry is about relationships. Joe spoke about how many of his experiences were possible through the relationships he made along the way.
In addition, having the opportunity to listen Ed speak was truly captivating because everything he was saying was from personal experience and his personal journey. Ed touched a lot on achieving peak performance, with your way of thinking being one of the main ways this can be done. He cited that more often than not, people are not successful at obtaining their goals because of a negative way of thinking. This negative way of thinking can stop you from achieving your goals, even before you can get started. In addition, he discussed the fact that people often over think things, thus allowing the negative thoughts to control our actions, leading to be unsuccessful.
One major thing that I took away was that when someone tells you to focus and that focus is not directed at the correct task, are you really focusing? This way of thinking is similar to the adage that perfect practice makes perfect. In addition, he taught us that your way of thinking is the most important thing you can control. He shared with us that many thoughts come into your mind but are often forgotten very quickly. Heck, I’ve had about 20 different thoughts come through my brain just while writing this blog post, but couldn’t tell you a single one of them if you wanted me to.
To make it in the sports business industry, or any industry for that matter, you’re going to have to persevere through adversity. Growing up, I’ve always had a positive attitude and been one of those “glass half full” kind of people and learning from the best of the best only reinforced my thinking. If I were to sum up the rest of the points that Ed made, we would be here for days. If you want to learn more about Ed Tseng, check out his website: www.edtseng.com