Motivating Passion with Tim McGeeney

The Bryn Athyn Men’s College Lacrosse team had the privilege to hear Tim McGeeney speak recently. He graciously allowed parts of his talk to be recorded for this special episode. If you are a high school or collegiate athlete or just looking for some life inspiration, this is the talk for you! Enjoy Tim’s powerful words.


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Notes on Tim’s Talk:

Tim on Academics:

  • Tim is passionate about lacrosse, but lacrosse is a platform for his passion.
  • Active recall is much more powerful than passive recall.

Tim on Eating the Frog:

  • Do the hardest thing of your day first and you will feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
  • If you’re not getting better, then you’re getting passed by.

Tim on personal brand:

  • Don’t do anything you don’t want posted in Times Square.
  • If something is done when you’re around, and you don’t stop it, then you’re approving of it.

Tim on leadership and relationship:

  • The key component of leadership is passion; be vested in who you’re talking to.
  • Always be asking yourself, “how can I add value?”

Tim on your Identity away from the game:

  • Do three things at your first job: 1) Be relentlessly punctual. 2) Do the task at hand, and complete it with excellence. 3) Ask good questions. 4) Find a mentor.

Tim on grit:

  • Grit can be learned, but it is really the combination of passion, plus perseverance towards a long term goal.
  • Remember, everyone, everyone is replaceable.

Tim on aggregation of marginal gains:

  • ALWAYS get 1% better, every day.
  • Compete against yourself every day. Don’t try to get 25% better every day after a loss, get 1% better.

Tim on mental toughness:

  • Do something for the betterment of the team, even if you don’t want to.
  • Know your role. Ask yourself, what is my role? Everyone has a role.

Tim on WHY:

  • Be sure to check out Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning.
  • Control your attitude and effort, every single day, because they are the 2 things you control.

Tim on the importance of practice:

  • Get out of your comfort zone.
  • In a tough situation, you degrade to your lowest level of training. Make your lowest level better.

Tim on choice:

  • Make it a great day, or not. The choice is yours and yours alone.
  • It won’t always be a great day, but shoot for as many as possible.

Tim on failure:

  • People can get “stress wood” too. They need adversity and challenge to build strong roots.
  • Attack challenges head on. You’ll fail sometimes, and that’s ok. Attack challenges head on!

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