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Episode 330 - A SHARK's Mindset with Walter Bond

Ep. 330

Joining us today to talk about mindset, self-improvement, and accountability is Walter Bond, Keynote Speaker, Business Coach, Author, and former NBA player. 

Although Walter made it to the NBA and played for the Utah Jazz with great stars like Karl Malone, John Stockton, and Mark Eaton, he felt embarrassed about himself after failing at one thing when he realized the world was bigger than just sports. 

He is also the CEO of Walter Bond Worldwide Inc and the author of the best-selling books "Swim," "Always Looking Forward," and "All Buts Stink!"

In this episode, we are entertained and informed by Walter's energy and wisdom on leadership, self-development, and coaching. He shares the lessons he got from his experience as an NBA player and college student and the moment Walter realized he missed something in his life. 

In addition, Walter explains The Sacred Six -- six steps to reach a shark's mindset and rule our lives as sharks rule the ocean. 

Tune in to Episode 330 of Becoming Your Best and learn everything you need to know to stop making excuses and start reaching your goals and making your dreams come true. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Could you tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that significantly impacted you? (4:03)
  • What advice do you have for parents with a young adult child struggling in school and want to help them turn around at that critical time? (6:24)
  • Can you give us some tips on having a shark's mindset? (10:15)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About the moment Walter realized he had failed despite all his success in sports (5:15)
  • The reason why sharks run the ocean (8:42)
  • The Sacred Six. Tips and advice for a shark's mindset (11:02)
  • The best way to stop making excuses (16:21)
  • Accountability will set us all free (21:12)


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