Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips: FIFA World Cup Edition
Today, we’re bringing you a special edition of our 7 Super Tips show. You’ll hear from David Beckham, Clint Dempsey, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Riyad Mahrez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, & Landon Donovan.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.
Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips: FIFA World Cup Edition
[2:11] Tip #1
“I think it’s a combination of many things. You know, the biggest thing is the support that I had for my parents, you know, without them I wouldn’t have been able to, you know, you know, live a dream of playing for Manchester United. You know, that was my dream as a young kid. So one of the reasons why I was so successful is because I had the right people around me had great friends, great family, even have they are retired, you know, and that was five years ago now. But even in my Sunday League team, my Sunday League team, I had a manager called Stuart Underwood, who was like a sergeant major. And he insisted on every game that we turn up in shirt and tie. And that’s one of the things that kind of got instilled in me from a very young age. But, of course, you know, hard work is something that I’ve always always been about and have never given up. You know, there are times when, throughout my career where you’re all aware of where I’ve, you know, I’ve made mistakes, or I’ve done something that I shouldn’t have done on the field. And, and those have impacted not just me, but they’ve impacted my family and my friends. And those are things that if you think about them too much, can affect you. But for me to understand that the only reason there are certain things that happen throughout my career. There’s a reason why it happened. You know, I always turn back to, you know, 98 When I got the red card, there’s a reason why it happened. Of course, I wish it hadn’t happened, and to have gone through, you know, what my family went through at the time was obviously difficult. But it made me stronger as a person, it made me stronger as a player. And I always look at things like that.”
[5:23] Tip #2
“For me there, I mean, there were times during my career where, you know, coaches wanted to play simple and they don’t want you to make mistakes. And as long as you’re doing things, right, then, you know, you can kind of afford to try things. So it was kind of like, I remember one of my coaches telling me, it’s kind of like, you put money in the bank. And every time you do the things, right, that’s a deposit. And it kind of gives you a little bit of leeway to try to, you know, do something creative. And, and I’ve always kind of was at the point where you know, what, whether I fail or succeed, I want it to be on my terms, I want it to be playing the style that I enjoy. And while I love it, if you don’t love doing what you do, the way I do it, I wouldn’t want to try to completely change my game, do something that someone else wanted me to do, and then not be successful. So I think it was just always trying to find that balance and stay true to myself. And for the reason why I fell in love with the game. I mean, it was to be creative, it was to express myself, and hopefully, that still comes across on my game.”
[7:12] Tip #3
“Now it’s very important for me, I’m always a competitive player and adjusting the game. So I’m in a trading room like that in a home with my sister and my mom with my nephews, I’m always trying to competitive hearts and try to win. I’m like that. No, I’m not. I’m not I never change. Because I like this. I like what I do. I like my life. I’m a happy person. So competition is part of my life. So in Madera and Madrid in England, I’ll listen to acknowledge the competitive person. So it’s part of me.”
[12:02] Tip #4
“I’m skinny, you know, and I was more skinny when I came here. When I was you, some people or the English League is intensive, physical snow for you. And my trainers have always played football every day in the street with my friends dribbling kids, is that I learned my first things. That’s why I was maybe skinny because I wasn’t eating loads, I was out. I was like, I want to be a professor. I want, I believe I can always believe always, never give up, never.”
[14:30] Tip #5
“I think when I was 17, before 17, I was like the last one to consider becoming good. I mean, one day, the first coach or the first team, he went out and saw me in a game and he was like, I want to have a meeting with you. And I was like, Okay, what did I do now? I mean, every time I had a meeting was for some kind of disciplinary thing and then he said on Monday you start to train with the big guys. You’re on the first team. And then I was like from considering to be the not the biggest talent, like, let’s say the last one in the group to jump over all of them and come in the first group and I was okay. And I was shocked because and I didn’t want to say too much because maybe if I talk too much, he will change his mind. I was like, okay, see on Monday, then when they saw me, they saw the player that was different from the other ones. It was a great feeling. But at the same time, I was like, now I have the opportunity to do something good out of it. And it’s pretty, it’s up to me. So if I want, to become something that I think I can become, I have to train hard. And that’s my mentality. I will like to train hard. I mean, you can have talent but talent doesn’t take you all the way.”
[17:38] Tip #6
“The best piece of advice I ever had growing up was from my mother who said, If you don’t enjoy playing don’t play, it was kind of one of those things you thought a parent would just kind of say to you growing up. But as I get older, I realized how important that is. And I think kids and parents get so caught up in how my son make the next team or how does he make the varsity team in high school? Or how does he do this or accomplish that? And I think people are missing the point. If you enjoy it, which I genuinely did growing up and have my whole life, you’re always going to want to do better, you’re always going to succeed you’re going to do well.”
[18:35] Tip #7
“Happiness demands a certain outcome. It is result reliant. And I say if happiness is what you’re after, then you’re going to be let down frequently and you’re going to be unhappy much of your time. Joy though, Joy’s a different thing. It’s something else joy is not a choice. It’s not a response to some result. It’s a constant. Joy is the feeling that we have from doing what we are fashioned to do. No matter the outcome.”
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