Dre Baldwin is the world’s only Work On Your Game expert. A 9-year international professional basketball player, Dre teaches Mental Toughness, Self-Confidence and Self-Discipline to athletes, entrepreneurs and business professionals. On YouTube since 2006, Dre’s content has been viewed over 39 million times by 120,000 subscribers.
Dre’s Episode Outline:
- [02:30] What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
- [04:11] What ignited this path for you and why that niche?
- [09:31] Is there anything you wish you knew before you began this journey you’re on?
- [10:29] Tell us about a time when you fell short of a goal or objective of yours?
- [15:57] Tell us what you’re most passionate about doing in your day to day?
- [18:12] What strategies are you using in social & digital today to empower others?
- [20:32] How can we get started to share what we know?
- [23:28] What advice would you give to the aspiring trailblazer wanting to rise above?
- [24:25] How do you make decisions to separate the essential from the non-essentials?
- [26:09] Five books that inspired Dre most?
- [33:02] What is your why, what’s pushing you?
- [35:50] What’s one action we should commit to this week to blaze our trail?
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You're listening to the TRAILBLAZERS Podcast episode 52 with Dre Baldwin.
You're listening to the TRAILBLAZERS Podcast for we'll explore the stories of successful black professionals. Join us as we highlight the knowledge resources and tools of these accomplished trailblazers to help provide the know-how, confidence and motivation you need to place your trail. And now here's your host Stephen Hart.
STEPHEN: Hello and welcome back to another episode of the TRAILBLAZERS Podcast, I'm your host Stephen Hart. Hope you guys are ready to find amazing episode today. Our guest is Dre Baldwin. Dre is and has been a You Tube power since back in like 2005 2006 and his content has been viewed over thirty nine million times by more than a hundred twenty thousand subscribers. Now, Dre teaches mental toughness, self-confidence and self-discipline to athletes, entrepreneurs and business professionals. He's a Penn State alum and he actually coaches, speaks, blogs has a daily podcast. And believe me if you think that's enough Dre’s also appeared on three TED stages and has written eleven top selling books. This guy is on fire. You are definitely in for a powerful episode today. Sure to get you on top. You're going to be ready to take on 2017 and probably 2018 while you're at it. So, don't be selfish with today's episode right. I want you to be sure you pick up the phone, shoot an email, Facebook post, shout out a tweet to your co-workers, your spouse, your auntie hit up your BFF across-country tell them to listen to this episode and to share it too. Let's get the word on about Dre his inspiring and uplifting words are sure to help somebody you ought about today. So if it's not you, right? So make sure you’re taken notes and I hope to hear all of the wisdom that you took away from today's episode. Hit me up at tbpod and let me know what you enjoyed most. Cheers!
STEPHEN: Dre, thank you so much for coming on the podcast today and being our featured guest.
DRE: Absolutely. Thank you for having me, I’m excited to be here.
STEPHEN: Yeah, man. So, we start all our episodes off from a place of gratitude. It allows us to kind of us to refocus and retune and humble our mindsets. I wanted to share with our audience what you're most grateful for in your life right now?
DRE: What I'm most grateful for is an opportunity to spread a message and it's not just my personal message but for any person to spread their messages. Some people's message is displayed through plan a game of baseball, some people's messages through writing books, some people's message is to posting videos on Instagram. Everyone has a message to displace to the world because you’re alive there's a destiny, there is a purpose your own for this planet for every single day no matter how low you situation is. Each one of us needs to think of the fact that we are thankful for the opportunity to share whatever that gift maybe. Even if you haven't discovered it yet, even if you haven't been able to get it out there yet to someone else in the world because there's someone out there thinking that they’re alone, they just waiting to hear your message. And I'm thankful for the opportunity to every single day reaching this one new person who hasn't heard me before with my message.
STEPHEN: That's awesome. So, Dre first things first whenever I have someone with two hundred thousands of followers across social media I mean you're everywhere you're on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, IG. For those listening, Dre’s done over 5,000 videos on You Tube that have generated more than thirty million views and the markets imagery has got to take a post and acknowledge that. So, allow me to say congratulations on a job well done.
DRE: Thank you.
STEPHEN: Building amazing and engaging following over what like a decade now, right?
DRE: Yes. It has been over a decade. Thank you.
STEPHEN: Doing that simply amazing. So, as of today, you're the world's only mental toughness, confidence and discipline expert. I love that and I want you to share with us what really ignited this path for you and why that niches that you have chosen?
DRE: Well, the thing is it wasn't like I woke up one day Stephen and just said, alright I’m one special, I’m a mental toughness, confidence and discipline. And actually, I came from my background as an athlete. I was coming from the inner city in Philadelphia. We all play sports, you play football on the streets and we play basketball at the park those are the only two sports pretty much everybody played. There was a field there at the park but nobody was on it. There was a tennis court but nobody was using it. Everybody was playing basketball or you were in your driveway playing football. So, I started up playing football, I couldn't really afford the equipment, my family couldn't afford the equipment so I moved on to baseball. I played that for a few years but I didn't have really any talent. So, then I finally moved on the basketball around age fourteen. And I was a terrible basketball player and all the other players especially if you think about a player who's going to become a college even a college player rather one a pro player on basketball they start pretty young. They start at age eight, nine, six, five years old playing basketball. So, I was behind the curve so out of my friends who were my age were a lot better than me, even a younger kid is a better than me, even the female players were better than me…
DRE: … when I started playing at age fourteen. And I figured the only idea I had at the time because minds there is no You Tube I can go to watch videos, there is no one I can email, there is no podcast for me to hook up, my dad didn't play basketball he's not a basketball player, I got a sister she didn't play basketball, mom's past she didn’t play basketball. No one took me under their wing. So, I figured the only way I can catch up to these other kids just catch up, go along and get better than them…
DRE: … was to show up to the park when they weren't at the park. Everyone came to the park in the evenings around five to six o'clock. Everyone was out there playing in a full court games and everybody in the neighborhood and who's on the neighborhood are all at the park. But during the day in the summer times of Philadelphia no one was out there because it is too hot.
DRE: It was 1995; one hundred degrees out there on it as nobody want to be out there. So, I said why don't I just come out there during that time and practice by myself. I didn't know how to practice, what to practice, there were no guide books, there was no online course, there's no smart phone for me to take with me so I can watch somebody else and then mimic them. I mean just keep showing up and see what I can learn, see what I can teach myself and I just kept doing it because it's the only option I had. And eventually I started to catch up, eventually I started to get a little bit better, I started to catch up to those players and then I realized what my real talent was just to keep showing up over and over and over again. And I keep trying different things over and over and over again until something worked. When I realized that was my number one talent in life, I just started applying that to basketball. It was the main thing I paid attention so even up through college and my game continued to develop and I went from age fourteen starting in basketball to age eighteen sitting on a bench as a high school senior to age twenty three start of my first professional basketball concentrate and that was all through. Yes I was blessed to be ‘6”4 when my dad is ‘5”9…
DRE: … and yes I was blessed to have the opportunities to play basketball living three blocks away from the park where I grew up at. But also had to put in at work as there were plenty of players in my neighborhood who have more talent than me who didn't go as far as I went most of them didn't even play in college rather do play in the pros it's because I kept showing up day after day after day. And once I decided my basketball career was going to end around 2014 – 2015 I started looking at what I had done over the years. What were the traits that led me to getting to where I got to. Absolutely, it was confidence I had to build up my confidence and even be overconfident. Even with some people may call arrogant because my confidence out far outpaced my ability far outpace my achievements many times. And I would say even up to this very day I would say it still does. I think it is a goal every person should have because the only way you would achieve at a higher level than where you are at is to believe at a higher level than where you are at. And you must believe in yourself more than you believe in anyone or anything else. So, I say confidence is definitely something that I need it. And I mentioned already the discipline showing up day after day after day even when nobody is telling you to show up, nobody's forcing you to show up. If you decided not to show up no one would know and no one would care. But I kept showing up anyway. And then the mental toughness to keep showing up even after I got cut from the varsity basketball team as a junior which is when the most players get cut as a freshman a quit and then a few get who quit basketball and did they encourage the sophomore then most players they don't make it as a junior they go, okay obviously did the university tell me basketball is not the answer…
DRE: … and let me go find something else to do. I kept showing up. After I set the bench as a senior in high school in then the freshmen play more than I play I kept showing up. When I went to a Division Three School for college was for people don't understand Division One is the stuff you see on TV. Division Two were the guys that you probably won't hear about and Division Three to people who are like we play our games under the gym, okay? Right I play Division three basketball I kept showing up even after I had to work for a _ radio job for a year after getting out of school, I kept showing up. So, that was the mental toughness and with those three traits I say you know what this is what it's all about. And since I already tell people work on your game that's what I say all the time it fits perfectly. So, that's how all of that came together those topics of mental toughness, confidence and discipline.
STEPHEN: Right. Wow. Dre is there anything that you wish you knew before you began this journey as the coach and author that you've now become and social media sensation?
DRE: Anything I wish I knew, I wish someone had told me what I tell young people all the time today which is start investing in yourself as early as possible…
DRE: … meaning go and buy a book one book every month or every time you get paid. However often you're getting paid, listen to the podcast, the You Tube videos, the blogs all this free stuff that you can listen to people who have already done what you want to do and the knowledge, their experiences are completely free for ten dollars twenty dollars like take it manage as much advantage of this as you possibly can because it's so much gold out there no one has an excuse to be uninformed. So, that's what I would tell my younger self.
STEPHEN: That's great. You really have to take advantage of the resources we have and a digital media in the world that we are in right now.
STEPHEN: So, I want to continue to unleash some tips and wisdom on our trailblazers that are listening in but Dre no back story is complete without sharing some of the roadblocks and challenges and failures that you had along the way. So, I love for you to name it and tell us about a time that you feel short of a goal or objective of yours?
DRE: Oh man only ones on. Okay let me think one.
DRE: When I first started playing basketball as a kind of alluded to a few minutes ago I started playing at age fourteen, I was eighth grade going on into ninth grade which is when many young people were going to become college players even star high school players they've been playing for several years and even being groomed. But I knew I wanted to get into basketball somehow someway, no ideas, no help, no one taking me under their wing and I went and tried out for the high school basketball team as a freshman didn't make it, tried out as a sophomore and didn't make it. Now, going into my junior year you had to understand I'm sixteen years old, I had just started taking this. I bought this program that was supposed to help you jump higher. I bought it out of the magazine and I don't know if everyone remembers those there were be an ad in the magazine and if you like the product you would go get a money order as you get the money they calls for you and mail the money order to them. Back then, I wasn't even thinking about the fact that they might just take my money and I would never hear from them again. But I mailed them the money order they actually did see me the program that was about a twenty page book to help you jump higher in basketball. And that program actually worked. So, I started jumping high at age sixteen I can actually dunk a basketball now and I'm like man this is it. I know that when I get into tryouts if I go dunk the ball everybody's going to be talking about wow do you see that dunk had the trials yesterday and I knew it was going to get the attention of the coach. And I also knew that the greatest player of all time my favorite player as this very day Michael Jordan didn't make his high school basketball team until he was a junior. So, I figured listen I'm still on track to be the greatest player of all time.
DRE: All I got to do is going to dunk at tryouts and everything set in stone. So, I go to tryouts and a guy who was a year ahead of me he was about the same height as me didn't have as much talent as me. Maybe he was a lot physically stronger than I was. This guy just he backed me down basically in the paint. You think somebody like I guess in today's game some I actually Shaquille O'Neal everyone remembers him. He wasn't dunking the ball at his kid but he was just scored on me because he was too strong for me to keep him from getting too close to the basket.
DRE: So, this guy scores of me about five six seven eight times in a row in the tryouts in front of the coaches, in front of all the girls, in front of everybody trying out for the basketball team. So, instead of me be getting on a Michael Jordan path that day I was the laughingstock of tryouts…
DRE: … and everybody at school was talking about the next day. Even people who are there, even people who didn't go to my school would see me weeks later and say, Dre I heard what happened in the tryouts. And at that point, for the next week I was really considering what else could I do besides basketball because obviously at the three straight years of trying this and then on the year I was supposed to be doing my best I actually did my worst. I figured this was a sign from the university that this obviously is not meant to work out. So, what I started doing for a week is I was actually doing this practice in my mind I had been doing it in my entire life and up. And so that when I was sixteen this is 1998, I didn't have a name for. I never heard anyone describe it or discuss it but it’s called visualization.
DRE: I had always visualize where I was going to be, who I was going to be, what I was going to do and I visualize an athlete up to that point but obviously the university tell me that's not going to work out. So, for a week I tried to reconstruct that vision. What else can I be? Maybe I could be a rapper. Let me go start writing some raps that didn't work out that didn’t last well. Then I said maybe I can do really good at school. Maybe I can just focus on school and get really good grades and I don't know, get out of school and get a good job and live happily ever after. That didn't work out either, that didn't last long either. Every vision that I had came right back to playing basketball but I'm confused I'm arguing with myself like why does this vision keep come back on the basketball when obviously this is not working out. But I decided to give it one more try. I went and play for a local recreational league in my neighborhood at the park play for that team during my junior year of high school I actually played very well on that team. And then my senior year, I finally made the basketball team but even then I ever was two points per game as a senior in high school.
DRE: So, no one in that school, no one in my family, no one in my neighborhood, no one was looking at me and saying this guy's going to go somewhere with basketball. Everyone pretty much figured okay you had your one year playing high school basketball congratulations you made it. Okay now put the high tops away and go figure out what you're going to do with the rest of your life because it is not basketball obviously we can see that. But I decided to keep going with it. My game started to develop a little bit more and starts to grow into my body, grow into my talent over that summer which was prior to the most pivotal summer on my life that summer after high school…
STEPHEN: After high school? Wow.
DRE: …before go to college, right. And so then, I walked on actually at a school that was two years athletically but it was four years academically. So, it wasn't a junior college it was a regular four year school but at the time you can only play basketball there for two years. I went there as a freshman and that summer while I was in a gym working out on my own I met a guy who ended up recruiting me to a NCWA Division Three school and the rest is kind of history not really. But I don't want to get too deep into just this one answer. But that was the time I was said that those high school years where it really wasn't working out and I was really questioning what my life was going to be about because I really couldn't come up with another vision.
STEPHEN: Wow. So, let's leave forward far a bit here. I know you've got this platform that you've built now but tell us what you're really a passionate about doing now, today in your day to day?
DRE: What I'm most passionate about doing today is the same thing that I've been doing since I started being on Internet in 2005 and that's empowering my audience. Empowering meaning not just giving you something that is going to motivate you, not just entertaining you at times, not just giving you a bunch of information and not just sharing my stories and experiences and opinions and things that I know to be true that may help you down the line. When I say empowering what I mean is I want to give you enough that the questions that you have for me today five years from now someone else is asking you and your provide an answer.
STEPHEN: That’s great.
DRE: And empowering meaning, I want to put you in a position that you're going to look at my stuff now. And this is something that happens to me to this very day. I get twenty four year old kids coming to me and they say, Hey Dre, Listen I just got my first job in IT sales. I just got out of college two years ago but when I was sixteen seventeen in high school and I thought I was going to the M.B.A. I used to watch this stuff every day men. And the stuff I want to tell you that the stuff that I learned from you back then even though I don't play basketball anymore still pass in my life up to this very day.
DRE: The motivational things you said is the stuff about discipline, stuff about showing up every single day that mental toughness I developed by just listening to your message every day, that stuff still pass to me until this very day and they tell me when I tell my little brother he's twelve years old I say hey what I know is a million guys doing basketball on You Tube now. Listen watch this guy because this stuff is not just basketball it's life stuff that matters everybody. So, the main goal I have now, the main passion when it comes to an audience is to empower as many people as possible so that when they become super successful they can say listen when I was twenty one when I was twenty seven when I was sixteen I was watching this guy or listened to this guy name Dre all day. And the stuff that he shared really helped me get through this difficult situation, helped me get through college, helped me get through mot making a basketball team all through high school, helped me get through my first business failing, helped me get through those challenging times of my life and I'm glad I had that guy around even though I never met him before because he was a virtual mentor to me.
STEPHEN: Hold that man. Let’s maybe carry this forward, how are you using social media today because you're known up a victor on it, right. You’re like I Godfather…
STEPHEN: … in You Tube, right?
STEPHEN: So, how are you successfully in 2016? What strategies are you using in social and digital today to be able to achieve that vision and that goal of being able to empower others?
DRE: Well, the number one thing is to get in front of this many people as possible. And have this many people listening to you or watching you or reading you as possible because there are some people out there who only really consume videos that’s all they do, they watch maybe Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. They don't do a lot of reading they, don't listen the podcast…
DRE: …there are people who only listen the podcast maybe they don't have time they may have kids so they don't have time to sit down and look at a You Tube video or watch a live stream. But when they're driving or they’re washing their dishes or taking care of their kids they can hear a podcast in the ear but in one ear open so they're listening. There are people who like to read, there are people who maybe they write for a living or maybe they work at a desk where they have a lot of downtime so they just on their computer reading all day. So, they may want to find a good blog or some good books so I want to make sure I'm available in every platform that’s why I like to write that’s why I write every single day, I record things video hours every single day, I have a podcast as it comes out every single day. So I want to be on every platform that's out there so that I can be in front of those many people as possible. Now, while I'm in front of those people, I’m on those platforms I want to make sure I'm consistently producing content. So, as I said I do a blog, I have something coming out on my website every single day, podcast every day, You Tube videos every single day, live streaming almost every day…
DRE: And then on new platforms I always make sure I jump on them so I'm on Snapchat heavily, I use Instagram every day, I'm tweeting every day. So, I'm on every platform to make sure that wherever people are I’m there. Now, if my message happens do not be for them that's fine but it’s not because I'm not available. Let's put it that way.
DRE: I want to make myself available to as many people as possible in every possible portion.
STEPHEN: That's awesome. But I can almost hear some of the listeners, some of the folks listening making an argument to say, well you happen to time social just right. You have hundreds of thousands of followers right?
STEPEHEN: Tens of millions of views and you have the time now to be able to do all of this. So, for someone who is maybe working a full time gig trying to start a side hostile toward their goals and their passion let’s maybe start to begin to frame the right mindset needed to take that leap forward. Where do you begin as you would say to work in our game?
DRE: Okay. The number one thing is we have to find out what is the message this person is sharing. What is the value that you’re bringing in a marketplace that is not already there because we need it and it is avoid being feel what need are you taking care of. So, the first question is, what is your message about? Because when you're clear on what your message is about usually it is something that number one you care about…
DRE: … because you have some experience and you have some passion about it. Number two you have some experience as I just say you've been in it you’ve been doing it for sometime because of your expertise you probably have to have been doing it. And number three, you know a lot about this topic because that's the only way you're going to get passionate if you do something long enough even if you hate it. You don't know a lot of stuff about it. So, now once you're clear on what that topic is now you need to sit down and brainstorm, you need to take everything out of your brain that you know about that topic and get it down on paper, put it in every note, write it down by hand if that's what you right to do whatever way you would like to take notes. Write down every single thing you know about that topic and what I'm explaining to you here is the exact process that I use to start that five thousand videos that I have on You Tube. I said to my son, listen I'm going to the gym every day. I go to the gym every day even when I didn't own a camera but now that I'm here on You Tube and I can start to build maybe an audience doing this let me just write down every single thing that I've ever done to work on my game in basketball. And I mean every single thing and now every day I'm going to gym, I'm going to take my camera and I'm going to record at least one of them every single day. And I'm not talking a thirty minute production with a two day back in editing. I'm talking thirty seconds to two minute videos with very little editing done on free software that comes with your computer and then uploading it straight to You Tube. That's how I start it. Now you can take that same idea whatever you recorded on video now write it down. Now you have a blog post.
DRE: Now you can take that same idea and explain it audio wise and now you have the podcast.
DRE: And now you can take a hundred of those videos that you wrote out now, you have a book. And you can just keep expanding this, you can cross-promotion. But it is a certain time that I'm not thinking of is that in my mind but when I think of it, I'll say it. But taking that same piece that same idea and you can spread it across every different type of platform and it can expand into everything.
DRE: So, as long as you're an expert on something, you know a lot about something you can do this on all platforms.
STEPHEN: And I love that man and it so true. I saw a real like there's no excuses to not being able to do that, right? There's no need for money and it takes very little time once you kind of have that framework in place.
STEPHEN: Yeah. I appreciate that. What advice would you give to the aspiring trailblazers that’s wanting to rise above the norm in the coming year?
DRE: Among you who want to rise ahead in 2017, in the coming year you need to start today. You need to get a jump start because anyone who decides on January first now I'm going to work harder, now I'm going to start building this business, now I'm going to throw in a point whatever it is that people come up with they're going to do in the New Year. If you wait till January first, you're already losing a race because you're running with all the regular people, you're running with all the people who are in the middle of the path and you don't want to be caught in the middle of the path because even if you win a race only people will be there are the norm or the average people. You got to start now you've got to start ahead of the path. So, when January first is you already have your feet moving, you're already sprinting on the field but everybody else is walking and getting themselves warmed up. So, that's the first thing.
STEPHEN: I wanted to ask you. You have so many different platforms that you're in and I'm sure your approach with as many followers as you have there's a lot of noise, right. How you’re able to make decisions to be able to separate what's essential like what's most important from the nonessentials?
DRE: When you say noise you mean coming from my audience...
DRE: … talking directly to me or someone else?
STEPHEN: The audience, the people who are trying to partner with you, all these different platforms that you're on and trying to separate just the busyness of it all?
DRE: The number one thing is I keep myself as open as possible.
STEPHEN: Do you.
DRE: Usually, yeah as open as possible, if someone comes to me and says, Hey Dre would you be a guest on my podcast I’m almost I always say yes. Actually, I don't think I've ever said no when someone asked me to be a guest because there's someone listening to their podcast who's never heard of me. So does helping me raise my objective of reaching as many ears as possibly I can. When it comes to people engaging with my content and let’s say me, doing a live stream video or posting something on any platform and people leave comments. If someone goes as far as to leave a comment, I always at least look at what the comments are and I replied to almost every single comment that I get depending on the platform not only by phone where I sometimes don't reply to every single comment is You Tube and then the You Tube comment section can get kind of crazy.
DRE: But overall, I still read and reply. I've read and replied to more commas than anybody on You Tube or any You Tube or in history I would venture to guess. So, I try to stay as connected as possible to an audience and I want people to know that they can reach me directly when it comes to my business. I want people to know that they can reach me directly and when they get something with my name on it, they get it from me directly and it has my stamp on it.
DRE: So, that's important to me.
STEPHEN: You know our audience loves to hear your resources and tools that you're using on a day to day. So, I'd love for you to maybe share a couple of books that you have read that have been inspired you most?
DRE: Okay, great. I'll give you five, is that alright? I will give you five?
DRE: The number one, I'll give you The Forty Eight Laws of Power by Robert Greene. That is my favorite book of all time. It is exactly as it is sounds forty eight chapters each one of them giving you a different law of power. So, anyone who's listening to this, if you feel like there is some area of your life or multiple areas of your life in which you don't have as much power as you are once you have read the Forty Eight Laws I guarantee in this Robert Greene said this in his introduction is “You are violating it is one of those forty eight laws and that's the reason why you don't have the power that you want”. And I've read that book a hundred times. Number two book, of The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill. Now I know everyone knows of Thinking Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill this is the best selling business book of all time. But Thinking Grow Rich, it's actually derives from a book called The Law of Success which was written nine years earlier in 1929 before Thinking Grow Rich came out in 1938.
Dre: The Law of Success is basically if you thought that you can fit thinking grow rich in the law of success and a great thing about Napoleon Hill is that as I just told you today, the book is written almost one hundred years ago but you can read it today and it sounds like someone just wrote it. It is written in a very plain English, it is very straightforward, you can tell where this guy’s came from, if this guy's in a certain religion, if he's from a certain background. It is straightforward; anyone who can understand English can read that book and will learn it. And it is exactly as I said it is the laws of success in life. Anything you want to achieve success was and life is covered in detail not just what but how, when, where and why all covered in The Law of Success. Number three, is Relentless and that is by Tim Grover. Tim Grover for those who don't know was Michael Jordan's personal trainer doing his basketball career. And Tim Grover wrote his book Relentless is really about is a leadership book, it is a mental toughness book, it is a discipline book and Grover uses examples of what he's basketball players he's worked with not only Michael Jordan but also Dwayne Wade and also Kobe Bryant in the second half of Kobe Bryant's career where his personal clients.
DRE: He talks about the traits needed, the discipline is needed, the principles that you must follow if you're going to push yourself at the way the level that a Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. And if you will ask any basketball fan in the last two generations of basketball players before Kobe retire, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were always reveled as the hardest working guys, always the guys who worked harder than anybody else who were planning to lead since 1984 when Jordan came into the lead. That's thirty plus years these been too hard for these working guys. Grover work directly we're both in them so he knows a lot of principles, of hard work, a success and a mindset that fuels it. It is not just hard working but is a mindset that goes into it. So, that was that three books.
DRE: The book number four, it's called The Ten X Rule that is by Grant Cardone. And Grant Cardone is a really specializing and talking about sales but this book is about multiplying everything by ten when it comes to your effort levels, your energy and your expectations. And expectations mean not only what you expect to get from life but what you will need to give in order to get it because many people underestimate. I think we all can relate. We've estimated okay I'm going to do this project, this is going to take me a month and this will take a year or you think you're going to take care of some you're going to start a new website, this is going to take you three weeks and takes you three months or maybe you still working on it up to this very day.
DRE: So, The Ten X Rules about not only multiplying your goals, multiplying what you want from life but also what you need to give in order to get it. It is really a good motivational book. Reading the Ten X Rule even listening to an audio book will get you thinking bigger just by listening to it just the energy in a book. And the number five book I'll give you will go back to Robert Greene is a book co-author with my favorite rapper got by name 50 Cent. The book is called The fiftieth Law and that book is Ten Rules about being completely fearless because what was Robert Greene said when he did the book was he set and met with fifty and he shadow fifty for about a week or two. And then the number one trait he knows about fifty Cent was that the guy was just completely fearless. And I guess that's the kind of mindset you cultivate when you have somebody shoot nine bullets sense you from point point range and you don't die. What is it you could possibly be afraid of…
DRE: … and the whole premise of the book is no you don't need to get shot nine times to be fear like was fifty but you must make it a choice instead of having it forced upon you as fifty did. Those are my top five, those are my books, those are my Bible. I’ve read and reread each one of those books at least fifteen times.
STEPHEN: Wow that's great Dre. Dre what something small that you’ve done this month that you're proud of?
DRE: Something small I’ve done this month that I'm proud of… hmmm… something small I’ve done this month is I finished a book actually I read Grant Cardone his newest book called Be Obsessed or Be Average. And one of the things he talks about in that book is if you're going to build a big business if you really want to do big things business wise you can't do it alone. You've got to have a team. You've got to have the best people and the investments that you make in your people will multiply themselves by ten and what you get that. And it reminded me of though I have a team of people who work with me, I need more people, I need more talented people and I need to make more of an investment in those people because the only way I'm going to go further in as we've talked about already. I do so many things I have my hands in so many things but I'm not the best, I'm not the most talented at all of those things. So, there was definitely someone out there who could do the job better than me, take that off of my hands and led me to do what I do best. And that's the only way anyone is going to really move forward quickly in businesses is to empower other people to be on your team with you not just try to do it all by yourself and when he said that it means so much sense.
DRE: I guess this is not so much small thing but it is an idea, it is the thought that I had that changed the way I was thinking about things is the answer to your question.
STEPEHEN: Absolutely. I love that. Dre tell us the name of an online resource could be an app, software tool that you use every day and you just can’t live without it?
DRE: I’m really of Slack.
DRE: I did use the Slack much until around about September or October of this year. And when I started using it, it helped save my sanity because my Gmail inbox was getting out of control…
DRE: … on back and forth and those emails, streams anyone who uses Gmail you know you got like you and this other person of exchanged sixty five messages and you have to go back through and try to figure out where was the attachment…
DRE: … that you sent but the Slack is great. It is kind of like instant messaging. But it keeps everything in one app everything is neat and tidy you can bounce between teams, bounce between the private conversations, you can share files, share links. It is perfect so I’m all of Slack.
DRE: That is true.
Stephen: Hahaha... Absolutely. Hahaha… Dre, I’m listening to you man you're full of wisdom and you haven't even got into you being an author and all the books you’ve written and I find myself at the end of this conversation trying to understand your why. I'm really puzzled by how you do so much man and you just a young guy with a full of wisdom like why? What’s pushing you?
DRE: I have many motivations and one of them is I spoke about earlier is to empower as many people as possible and another one is to make sure that everything that I have in me I get it out so that other people can benefit from it. Other people can learn from it. Other people can be empowered by it and to make sure I’m putting it out there in as many different ways to as many different avenues to reach as many different people because there are some people who don't watch You Tube. So, they need to read books and some people who only watch videos so I've got to be there. Some people who just want to hear that audio and maybe who knows ten years from now, everything will be virtual reality. So, I'm going to be there. I want to get everything that I know, everything that I've experienced and all my opinions, all my knowledge, all of this stuff out into formats which other people can consume so that a hundred years from now the same way where they talking about Napoleon Hill and everybody's heard of this guy even though none of us met him probably. I want people to be talking about, I want people to be mentioning my name because where all going to be dead a lot longer than we're alive so I want to leave a legacy behind in my name so that people are talking about me even when I'm no longer around and there. They're talking to me up even though they never met me before because they know the value that they got from something that I created in 2016 or 2007 or 2012 is still providing benefits that I'm in the year 3000. That is a major motivation for me. So, all the knowledge that I have, all the ideas that I have, anyone that has it come to fruition yet that means I need to get up in the morning and get to work.
STEPHEN: So, is that the fuel that is pushing you beyond your comfort zone if you will to be able to always be seeking more wisdom to be able to have your cup full to pour back out to others?
DRE: Absolutely. That is something that matters to me and also I want to make sure that is it clear. I want people to understand it that there's a clear difference between what Dre Baldwin has brought to the table in all platforms versus what any other person, any of one person you can name has brought to the table because yes somebody else may have You Tube but they didn't write any books. Somebody else may do a live streaming but they don't play basketball. There is someone else may do this but they didn't do those other thing. So, I want to make sure that I'm in as many places as possible so that wherever you look you're going to see my name same way when you see Google, you see Coca-Cola, you see Starbucks in every corner. I want you to see my name wherever you look if you're talking to those topics that I focus on.
STEPHEN: Dre all the people, Dre all Dre. This is good. Dre, I'd love to invite you as we wrap up here. I want to invite you to share one action that all these aspiring trailblazers should commit to this week to help them blaze their trail.
DRE: Absolutely. Get a pen and paper or if you prefer digital open a note app on your tablet or your smart phone a note whatever you got and reach an email to yourselves doesn't matter and start writing down every single thing you know about the area in which you are most knowledgeable. So, if you know basket weaving then write all the best products to make baskets, the needles you use, the different colors, where to buy this stuff from, how to actually make it, how much time does it take, who you learn from, what are some great resources, what stores, what arts and crafts stores that you go buy stuff from. Write down to the topic title of every single thing you know about the area of expertise in which you are the most expert in of just what you know. So, whatever it is number one for you. Everybody has a number one something whatever it is I don't care if is procrastinating if that's what you're an expert in then write it down. Write down everything that you know about it and once you see how many items you have are there, you have your You Tube channel, there you have your blog post, there you have your podcast, there you have your first book, there you have your first online course which you can sell, there you have a workshop, there you have a keynote speech. Whatever it is that you haven't put out yet and with the excuse of you doesn’t know what its talk about the problem is now solved.
STEPHEN: Dre you kind like of the podcast, right?
STEPHEN: Whenever we’re talking about the separation of what is free from what is solved. Hahaha.
DRE: Oh, I love to talk about it.
STEPHEN: So, stay tune people. Dre, tell us before we wrap up here. Tell us how we can stay connected to you?
DRE: My website is I give you three places, my personal website everything you want to know about me probably more is Dreallday.com. All my programs, books, courses you can find @workonyourgameU.com. And I'll give you one social media is Snapchat. My Snapchat is @DreBaldwin but if you go to any of those platforms you'll see where else I’m it you just Google me I'm all over the Internet.
STEPHEN: I appreciate that Dre. Dre thank you so much for coming on the podcast. They are really appreciated wisdom man. You're a young guy with just are all solved man. Hahaha.
Dre: Hahaha. Oh, I appreciate it. Thank you very much for having me.
STEPHEN: Yeah man. Most definitely I’m excited to kind a see your career and your journey takes you in any years ahead. So, we’ll definitely stay in touch with you and we’re happy that you’re now part of the Trailblazers family.
DRE: Most definitely.
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Dre’s TEDx Talks:
Dre’s Favorite Books:
- The 48 Laws of Power
- The Law of Success: The Master Wealth-Builder’s Complete and Original Lesson Plan for Achieving Your Dreams
- Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
- The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
- The 50th Law
Connect with Dre:
- Website: DreAllDay.com
- Resources: Work on Your Game
- YouTube: Dre Baldwin
- Twitter: @DreAllDay
- Instagram: @DreBaldwin
- Snapchat: @DreBaldwin
Dre Baldwin Bio
Dre Baldwin is the world’s only Work On Your Game expert. A 9-year international professional basketball player, Dre teaches Mental Toughness, Self-Confidence and Self-Discipline to athletes, entrepreneurs and business professionals.
On YouTube since 2006, Dre’s content has been viewed overover 39 million times by 120,000 subscribers.
A Penn State alum, Dre coaches, speaks, blogs has a daily podcast, is writing several new books and programs, and still published to YouTube. Dre has appeared on 3 TED stages and written 11 top-selling books.
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