Gabe Reid – Lessons From The NFL
Gabe Reid, a former NFL player discusses the start of his career training and playing college football, his transition into the NFL, struggles with injuries, his entrepreneurial parents and the role that they played in his own endeavors, and his hope for growth and opportunity in his home of American Samoa. Gabe’s story is underpinned by the belief that “every experience teaches a lesson”. This episode inspires both patience and grit in the face of opposition and difficulty.
“Jumping The Fence”
“When everyone would leave, and they would close the practice field, I would jump the fence and go and start hitting the bags and start catching, and I would drive the sledge because I wanted to get better. And that coupled with just trying to be the best person that you can be, and having a good work ethic… that’s where I credit my success from.”
“Lessons From Football”
There were certain experiences that I needed to learn through football, that were going to help set me up for the rest of my life… And I had a mindset of “look, it’s okay, you’re good enough to make it, and to reach your goals and to, to be successful.” That’s where I found peace knowing that I have to go through football to learn that lesson.
“Entrepreneurship Instills Hope”
“Maybe that’s what my draw is to go back home… to tell them ‘hey look I made in the NFL I do but there’s more things that you can do’ and I’ve chosen, or feel prompted to use entrepreneurship as the vehicle to instill hope, and to inspire and to hopefully change one life.”
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