Become #1 in the World at Your Craft and Build a Champions Mindset | Novak Djokovic on School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

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Key Takeaways

  • Goal setting is essential to greatness and maintaining your values and integrity
    • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments” -Novak Djokovic quoting Jim Rohn
    • Always look backward – when failures start to pile up, remember why you started in the first place
    • Evaluate your feelings after achieving your goal
  • Greatness is more about altruism than pride and achievement
    • Find your purpose and you’re going to give purpose to others
  • Our childhood and circumstances often develop our character and direct our career path
    • Djokovic grew up during wartime in Serbia which canceled all schooling, and so he had more time to play tennis. The devastation he saw in his country drove him to develop empathy and constantly give back to create a better future than what he endured.

Intro

  • Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) is a Serbian professional tennis player, currently ranked #1 in the world. He has won 20 Grand Slam titles and most recently, the Wimbledon 2021. This episode is a combination of a 2017 interview and a recent conversation between Djokovic and Howes. They discuss Djokovic’s childhood and how it helped him define his philosophy on greatness and altruism.
  • Hose: Lewis Howes (@LewisHowes)

Childhood – Tennis & War

  • He started playing tennis at 4. There was no family tradition in the sport
  • Tennis was not a popular sport in Serbia, where team sports were more common
  • He met his tennis coach and mentor at a very young age – Jelena Genčić who he called his ‘Tennis Mother’
    • Saw the talent to be #1 in the world after only practicing for a few years
    • Not sure if he would have pursued tennis if it wasn’t for Jelena’s confidence
  • Grew up surrounded by war and turmoil, the Bosnian War in Serbia
    • Spent many nights in underground bomb shelters
    • There were no school classes during wartime so he had much more time to practice tennis
    • He feels like he developed empathy & resiliency during this period
      • Djokovic believes hate makes you a prisoner to your emotions so he doesn’t feel hatred toward this time
    • He gives back to his country by being the UNICEF Serbia Ambassador
  • Biggest lesson from growing up during war: Be kind to everyone because you never know what they’ve been through
  • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments” -Novak Djokovic quoting Jim Rohn
  • Used to make the Wimbledon trophy out of paper as a kid and pretended he had won

Greatness Philosophy

  • Always look backward – when failures start to pile up, remember why you started in the first place
  • Never lose sight of your motivations and what your initial goals were
    • Make sure your goals are supported by reason: Is this tennis match worth being away from family?
    • Evaluate your feelings after you achieve your goal
  • Djokovic doesn’t praise himself – he keeps his ego, character, and virtues close to him
  • You’re never alone in this world – sharing and friendship is what overcomes adversity
  • Definition of greatness: Find your purpose and you’re going to give purpose to others

3 Truths

  • Live freely – Breathe deeply – Love fully
    • Be one with yourself and others; always be present
    • Breath teaches you how to live in the moment, take a step back, and avoid impulsiveness
    • Don’t live in a shell; open your windows to help and support

Love

  • “Love is a vision of life. If you see life through a vision of love, then life will be love for you.” -Novak Djokovic
    • Love as a concept creates an open heart and an open mind
  • You are most loved when you are present-minded – you’re conscious about your engagements and can see the real-time benefits
    • The unconscious mind is like a child that follows instructions without logical thinking
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Notes By Drew Waterstreet

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