At some point, your opportunity will hit. At the time when you're least expecting it. You have to be ready. You have to jump.

Tiki Barber is one of the best all-purpose running backs in NFL history. He was undersized, under-recruited, and was given his first opportunity to play when the starting running back at UVA got injured. He never looked back.

He grew up with his twin brother Ronde (also an NFL star and future hall-of-famer) and single mother who worked two jobs, and taught them what hard work, resiliency, and passion looked like. At UVA, Tiki studied business, and was quick to jump into media after being taken in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Like all athletes, Tiki knew that his playing career would end, but life after football could be huge -- as long as he worked hard and took advantage of the league's platform.

Quickly, Tiki became versed in media, co-hosting the Today Show and Fox & Friends, while making appearances on a dozen other major properties. While rushing and catching for almost 2,500 yards in one season, Tiki also began his entrepreneurial career, co-founding Thuzio with his UVA classmate, Rick Gerson.

Tiki's well-networked, works incredibly hard, and is amazingly articulate in sharing his life story with us -- including tips to becoming a better athlete, and ways to expedite your career in entrepreneurship.

Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber

NFL RB & Entrepreneur

Show Notes

1:10 Storytelling in sports
7:40 Why media?
12:00 Seizing the opportunity
17:30 Competition brings success
20:30 Challenges in starting a business
25:00 Skills for success
35:55 Defining success
41:00 Decisiveness & reflection
48:00 Value of social media
51:05 Pure Hard Workout
56:20 Nutrition
61:30 Continued learning

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