“Why do you think I’m the best player in the world? Because I never get bored with the basics” –Kobe Bryant-
Today on the dHarmic Evolution Podcast we’ll be diving into the life-changing and phenomenal strategies of Alan Stein Jr.
Alan is a dynamic and engaging storyteller, keynote speaker and author who has spent 15 years as a performance coach working with the top and highest performing basketball players – Including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant - Alan specializes in teaching his audience the art of utilizing similar practices in business and life that athletes use to perform at a world-class level.
Alan’s methods and tactics have proven to be a success in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability. For this, Alan has gained a positive reputation of inspiring and empowering everyone that he works with into immediate action, improving their mindset, habits, and productivity.
Alan is passionate about delivering true change in the spheres of leadership development, mental grit, and team unity, all these while still proving that the foundation and basis behind success in the court has a similar effect when applied in any industry.
Alan’s career and key decisive moment
While still playing basketball at Elon University, Alan gravitated towards performance training, strength, and conditioning. This paved the path to his 2-decade career as a basketball performance coach, where he had the chance of working with some of the top players and coaches of the sport.
About a decade ago, while he was still working at the NBA’s Player Association top 100 Camp, Alan was emotionally moved and inspired by former NBA Player and renowned speaker Walter Bond’s speech to the young high school NBA Prospects. And, ever since that day, a seed was planted in Alan; the ability to positively influence the lives of others, especially through the spoken word. He knew then, that inspiration through speaking was something he would definitely explore.
[2:00] How Alan got connected into his career path
[4:10] Alan explains his childhood and passion for basketball
[6:00] Alan’s mentors in the thought leadership niche
[6:50] Alan's sources of inspiration
[9:22] Kobe Bryant’s work ethic and inspiration on Alan
[14:50] Three simple things that can change your life
[23:41] Alan’s favorite audience
[27:17] Definition of Success in Alan’s words
[7:00] In order to get good at your specific craft, you should step outside it and draw inspiration and learn from other crafts. As a professional speaker, two of the things that I draw the most inspiration from, are hip hop and stand-up comedy. Although both are very different from corporate speaking, they both rely on the spoken words to paint a picture, shift your emotions, think, act and do differently.
[12:16] “Why do you think I’m the best player in the world? Because I never get bored with the basics” – Kobe Bryant.
[12:54] “Just because something is basic, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it”
[13:21] “The very first step to being a high performer, whether it’s in music, basketball or business, it’s to admit that the basics work. And having the humility to acknowledge that implementing the basics every single day, is definitely not easy”
[16:33] “In order for your business to thrive or for you to become good at your craft, you have to work relentlessly on becoming your best self. And in order to do that, you have to make sure your bucket is always full (with daily practices and routines). To achieve true mastery is when you’re able to teach others these skills”
[18:11] “Being open and constantly searching for new ways to do things, will keep you sharp and invigorated”
Connect with Alan Stein Jr
Selected links and mentions from the show
Top 100 Basketball camp – NBPA.com
Basketball performance training – Exos
Kobe Bryant hosts the Nike Skills Academy – YouTube
Nike Skills Academy – California Storm
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy – Summary by James Clear
Matt O’Ree and Bruce Springsteen team up on Matt’s Song Black Boots! - DE Episode 239
10 reasons why you need to hire a coach – Life Coach Directory
The comparison game – Psychology Today
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