“We need to keep escalating up the food chain to keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger. That’s the attitude of an athlete. That’s what we bring to the business world.”
Our guest for today is Walter Bond, a pro NBA player turned entrepreneur. In this episode of The Business Mentor Podcast, learn about the transformation that having a shark mindset will bring in your journey towards success. Be determined like a hunting shark.
This discussion also covers the difference of mentorship and leadership, the importance of talent and ability in choosing a career, the similarities of excelling in sports and business, and much more!
- How to make mentorship work for you?
- You and your mentor must have a harmonious relationship. Find a good mentor who you can trust and communicate well with.
- Follow and execute what your mentor encourages you to do. Get out of your comfort zone and put in the work.
- What can we learn from pro athletes turned entrepreneurs? Athletes value the importance of the process and development. Not everything can happen instantly. You can’t expect success to come the next day in a business. Do things incrementally so you’ll get the long-lasting results.
- Like in NBA, master the fundamentals and be incredible at everything to really excel. Take a break if needed, enjoy the off-season.
- Have a shark mindset. Great white sharks are positioned so highly in the food chain because they’re ruthless and insatiable. Sharks too need to move a lot, or else they die. Be determined and unrelenting as much as possible.
- Leaders are readers. Walter’s top tip for aspiring entrepreneurs is to commit to the journey and read a lot about what you’re going into. Do what you can to gain knowledge. There are many provided resources out there.
- “It wasn’t like I chose basketball; basketball chose me. I was a good athlete.”
- “Patience. It takes time. When you’re given advice in mentoring or coaching, you have to do it over the course of time.”
- “… We took them to an off-season process so to experience exponential growths. The same metaphor in sports translates to business in a million different ways.”
- “I made it to the NBA because I’ve mastered the fundamentals of basketball. I’ve been successful in the business because I’ve mastered the fundamentals of business.”
- “Before we decide on our career, we need to discover our gifts.”
- Download Swim!: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success by Walter Bond On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VKQN37P/
- Download your FREE shark action plan here: https://walterbond.com/
ABOUT THE GUEST
Walter Bond is a NBA player turned entrepreneur. He’s also a business coach, public speaker, and author. He has helped many clients, from solopreneurs to conglomerate companies, given them an internal drive to achieve their goals and reach their dream.
His message for everyone is simple: Think. Execute. Win!
- Walter’s Official Website: https://walterbond.com/
- Walter’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/walterbondallstate/
- Walter’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalterBondMotivationalSpeaker/
- Walter’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/walterbond
- Walter’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walter_bond/
ABOUT THE HOST
Jay Dhillon is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist based in the UK with a proven track record of growing businesses from start-up to success- and helping others do the same. From humble beginnings, Jay grew his first business from 0 to 500 employees and three locations, racking up sales of over £30 million – all with no investment other than a slight amount of savings. The business went on to acquire major clients such as Landrover, Jaguar, Toyota and New Look, to name a few.
Its immense success inevitably brought about outside interest, and at the age 33 Jay eventually sold the company to a London investment firm in Doyen Resources. Today, Jay owns several businesses in different sectors and helps entrepreneurs achieve success.
A calling to give back and help others led to Jay being chosen for the highly coveted role as a Prince’s Trust mentor, where his achievements were marked by a personal invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles.
After helping several young entrepreneurs to succeed as a mentor for the Trust, Jay’s burning desire to bring his wisdom and knowledge to a wider audience ultimately triggered the concept of The Business Mentor Podcast.
Jay feels that anyone can achieve success in business with the right advice and mentoring and is now sharing his knowledge with his growing audience via his podcast.
In the UK alone 95% of business fail within the first five years and Jay’s aim is to reduce that number.
Backed with the hard-earned knowledge and experience from his time in business, The Business Mentor Podcast will share Jay’s personal business lessons as well those of other successful entrepreneur guests who share their wisdom and secrets on the show.