Trust The Grind with Jeremy Bhandari

Jeremy Bhandari, is the Author of Trust The Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top, an Amazon number 1 best-seller among teens and young adults in the fitness and exercise section. However, before he became a bestselling author, Jeremy first worked at a sports center as an analyst. Back then, he was using all kinds of trivia and knowledge to create content. Eventually, however, he realized that he could be doing a lot more to help others with the knowledge that he had. He therefore took his passion for sports, went and interviewed 16 of the best athletes across 11 different disciplines, and asked them a bunch of questions about what made them reach their success. He then turned that into 13 chapters of his book, which we dissect in this episode.

Let’s dive into the episode and learn how Jeremy took his passion and knowledge for sports, and used that to help inspire other aspiring athletes.

[00:01 – 10:07] Opening Segment

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes world class athletes as good as they are? Obviously, it’s the practice the dedication, the physical attributes, but there’s also a lot of the mental game involved. Well, if you’ve ever thought that to yourself and wonder what the answer is, we’ve got the show for you. Today’s guest is Jeremy Bhandari. He’s the author of Trust the Grind: How World Class Athletes Got to the top, which is an Amazon number one bestseller for young teens and young adults in the fitness and exercise selection.

However, before Jeremy became the bestselling author that he is now, he first started his career as a sports blogger when he was at his senior year for a website called The Game House. This was what first got Jeremy into creating content around numbers and statistics, athletes, and a lot of other things about sports. After he graduated, this experience helped him earn a job at ESPN as a Sports Researcher, which was also the time when he realized that while it’s beneficial to create content, and be of service to any facet of the corporation, in Jeremy’s eyes, it’s more beneficial if the content he puts out also impacts other people’s lives in a positive way. 

Jeremy thought of other ways to use his knowledge in a more beneficial manner. Eventually, he thought of what he wanted to do: interview athletes, and talk about productive tendencies that helped them along their path to help inspire the next generation.

[10:08 – 18:30] The Transition

Being a Sports Researcher at ESPN allowed Jeremy to work with some athletes that he only used to idolize when he was a kid. Given this opportunity, Jeremy felt that there’s something missing if he’ll only just do what he was asked to do at work. For him, he feels some sort of emptiness when he’s not helping someone. So he came up with the plan to use all his sports knowledge in a different way to spread positivity.

Jeremy chose to make athletes the subject of his book because he has always been a huge fan of them. Jeremy sees the professional sports industry as different from all other industries where someone really has to earn their spot to be there. In some industries where you can be accepted, for example, if your dad is running the company, in sports, things just don’t work that way. Athletes really train and do a lot of sacrifices to be there. Because Jeremy’s idea was to create a success habit blueprint for kids, he thought that there are no other better people to speak to than world class athletes because there are no shortcuts to their field. Jeremy shares that for his book, he ended up interviewing 16 athletes across 11 different fields.

[18:31 – 37:46] Trust The Grind: Lessons from Successful Athletes

The Athletes that Jeremy interviewed for his book include the following: Jason Kidd, Chipper Jones, Terell Owens, Paige VanZant, Manny Pacquiao, Mike Modano, Jimmie Johnson, Gary Player, Deena Kastor, Ryan Sheckler, Georges St-Pierre, Ryan Lochte, Devin Hester, Andruw Jones, Luis Gonzales, and Tim Hudson.

From the 16 interviews, Jeremy wrote 13 book chapters, of which themes revolve around setting goals, developing self-discipline, staying active and driven, eating right, performing under pressure, embracing failure, developing your passions, being confident making sacrifices, thinking positive, being yourself, identifying your WHY, becoming obsessed with the sport, and never stopping. You probably have noticed that these 13 things are sort of the topics that you already here athletes talk about over and over to the point of becoming cliche. However, Jeremy says that that is actually intentional and he really chose to send the more cliche types of message because he really believes that life is very simple. For example, if a person is overweight and wants to get in shape, they really have to eat the right foods and workout everyday. “As cliche as it sounds, it’s going to work, it is very beneficial,” Jeremy further adds.

In addition, Jeremy shares that if there’s one thing in common with all those successful athletes he interviewed, it’s that they all are ultra-focused on their goals. They all have the rare ability to stay focused on what they’re trying to do for a long period of time –that’s their key to success. Something we can also apply to our own lives and dreams.

[37:47 – 43:41] The FOCUS FIVE Segment

The FOCUS FIVE are five questions I ask every guest on my show. Keep on listening to find out what book Jeremy gifts most often; who would he talk to if he can get an hour of any person living or dead, from the past or the present, and why; that one thing he believes but most people will disagree with; his morning routine; and lastly, where are the best places we can connect with him online. (See the links below for Jeremy’s social media links!) 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“It’s really important to set long-term goals and have enough vision of who you are, and what you want to accomplish. But ultimately, if you’re not focused, if you’re not locked right in now, it’s going to be very hard to achieve the aims that you set out for.” – Jeremy Bhandari

“Getting out of your comfort zone is so key, in order to grow.” – Jeremy Bhandari

“As a writer, as someone who puts out content, it’s so important that the content and context you put in is beneficial for anyone and any walk of life.” – Jeremy Bhandari

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You can connect with Jeremy Bhandari on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. Be sure to grab a copy of Jeremy’s book here.

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