If you’re familiar with the world of collegiate or Olympic wrestling, then you probably know who Dan Gable is. As a wrestler, he only lost one match during his college career at Iowa State University and he won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics while not giving up a single point. He went on to coach at the University of Iowa where he led the team to 15 NCAA titles between 1976 and 1997.
In today’s podcast I talk to Coach Gable about wrestling, leadership, and life as well as his new book, A Wrestling Life.
- How not to be a “Molly Putz”
- How Dan helped his family cope with the tragic murder of his teenage sister
- How Dan developed his tenacious drive to succeed
- What Dan learned from his only defeat in college (and how it made him a better wrestler)
- How Dan transitioned from wrestler to coach, and from full-time coaching to semi-retirement
- The coaching and leadership principles that guided Dan throughout his career
- Why success requires learning “The Patience of Change”
- And much more!
Even if you never wrestled, I think you’ll really enjoy A Wrestling Life. Wrestling is a sport that lends itself well as an analogy for life. Success in wrestling, as in life, requires struggle, patience, and learning how to bounce back from defeat. Whether you’re a young man just starting out in life or an older man on the precipice of retirement, you’re going to find some insight from Coach Gable in this great book.
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Special thanks to Keelan O’Hara for editing the podcast!
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