Most of you know that I listen to a wide array of podcasts. Well, “wide array” may be a misnomer since most of them center around entrepreneurship, technology, investing, and self-improvement. But you get the point.
One of the podcasts I follow pretty regularly is the Tim Ferris Show wherein Tim’s goal is to interview top performers across many disciplines in an effort to dissect the habits and routines that pave the way to their success.
So when, a couple weeks ago, I saw that Tim was interviewing Lebron James
, I became flush with excitement. Lebron is an athletic specimen and seems to defy time and space. He’s in his 16th season in the NBA and seems to get stronger, faster, bigger, and more intelligent with each passing game while most players at the same point in their careers are simply doing their best to stave off decline.
Then the interview happened and I was blown away… Blown away by how utterly pedestrian it was [womp womp]. I’m not sure I can remember a time in recent memory where I felt the same level of under-whelm (perhaps when Anchor Man 2 came out, but I digress).
Lebron spends a ton of money and a ton of energy focusing on recovery. He puts a lot of emphasis on sleep. He tries to avoid processed foods and refined sugars. And everything else that you would expect from a man making hundreds of millions of dollars from a career as a professional athlete.
I took 2 simple yet profound things away from this interview.
First, there is no secret to success. Rest, hard work, discipline, and all of the other boring platitudes about success are all there is to it. The ideas are simple, but executing those ideas day in and day out proves beyond the reach of most people.
Second, we create these fantastical and sensationalized images in our minds of people like Lebron James. And in part that is justified. He will experience many things in his life that most can only dream about. However, he is merely a human being. So the anticipation we feel leading up to an interview and the dramatic imagery in our minds will always exceed the reality of the human being.