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Matt Mayberry, Author of "Winning Plays"

Today’s guest had his dreams crushed at the young age of 22. Imagine dedicating your whole life to becoming an NFL player, actually making it to the big leagues playing for your home town team the Chicago Bears and then having it all go away after one game.  Matt Mayberry is our guest today. He’s a former linebacker for the NFL Chicago Bears. He had planned on being on the team for about a decade but lasted one game after suffering a life-changing injury. So what he did he do? He got really depressed. But then decided to take back control of his life and start his own company, Matt Mayberry Enterprises.

It’s a training and consulting company that specializes in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the world. His list of clients include major corporations including Fortune 500 companies, both NFL and NBA teams, government and nonprofit organizations, professional associations, hospitals, and universities. He’s also one of the most read columnists in Entrepreneur Magazine. Matts out with a new book Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in Life. He dishes on all of his own failures and setbacks, how he tapped into his inner strength and started over.

On the podcast, Matt reveals an even earlier setback, before being forced to leave football. Matt was addicted to drugs as a teen. He also shares how motivational speaker Stedman Graham (and life partner of Oprah Winfrey) helped Matt change the course of his life…in 20 minutes. Plus, Matt speaks at over 120 events a year as a keynote. How does he get these gigs?

If you’d like to learn more about Matt visit his website mattmayberryonline.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Mayberry.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “Failure & adversity is an opportunity to turn that into a gift & a breakthrough for the future.” – Click To Tweet

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