Ep. 17: Matt Iseman | Life is Short; Do What Makes You Happy

Today Casey gets to sit down with Matt Iseman. Perhaps best known as the host of the THREE TIME Emmy nominated “American Ninja Warrior,” he also hosts the latest spinoff, American Ninja Warrior Junior, on Universal Kids, and has helmed some of the highest rated cable TV specials in history. Matt was actually a doctor prior to following his dreams, and then a stand up comedian. His ongoing battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis transformed him into a strong supporter of the Arthritis Foundation, the charity he represented while winning Celebrity Apprentice. For his work over the past decade and a half, Matt was named the 2018 “Arthritis Warrior of the Year.” And his battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma has made him a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. On this episode of The Sports Entrepreneur we talk about living the life you dream, and the ability to be flexible, and connecting with others.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Just because something looks good on paper, you don’t live your life on paper. If your heart isn’t into something the way it needs to be, then you owe it to yourself to do the best for yourself.
  2. You can’t plan life, and you can’t plan how your business is going to go. You can’t plan how your career is actually going to go. You can have an idea but you can’t control what opportunities you get. So the ability to be flexible, the ability to respond in the moment is something you have to hone in on. You’re only as good as the job that you currently have, and so you’re always looking for that next hustle and you’re always working to develop connections.
  3. If you have a dream in the back of your mind, something you feel you are supposed to do, there’s no secret to getting started: Just do it. There’s never going to be the right time. There’s nothing mystical about it. It’s connections.

BONUS QUOTE: “On the show itself (American Ninja Warrior) you’re not competing against the other athletes. You’re competing against who you were the day before. Just because you’re not the best at something, doesn’t mean you still can’t participate and derive great benefit from it.” – Matt Iseman

Resources and links discussed

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