Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 1 year ago

Jennifer Garrett

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Author, speaker, athlete, coach, executive, and inspirational hero Jennifer Garrett joins the huddle. Listen to Jennifer break down her life growing up in Chicago, her many college degrees, her time in the national guard, and, of course, how sports have shaped her life! Need something to get you through the COVID-19 quarantines? Well, Jennifer has some words of wisdom that you'll have to listen to the full episode to hear! Listen to the episode and join Gus and Dave in the huddle with hero Jennifer Garrett! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Welcome everyone to huddle up with gusts, where we talked to our guests about how sports shape their life. I'myour host, gust far at, fifteen year NFL quarterback, and I'm joinedby my longtime friend and cohost Dave Hagar. You can now find us under thebig top with the sports circus and ring master sal look for us onAm TV, a a MP tvcom. Hello everyone, welcome to another episodeof Huddlepe with gusts. I'm your host, guests Frat, fifteen year NFL quarterback, and I'm joined by my longtime friend and cost Dave Hagar. Tous and Dave, how you doing good, just quarantining myself. Yes, we'reall at home, enjoying our families and our house and probably, likeus, Dave, you guys are cleaning every room as well, but they'regreat days. Yes. So, in this quarantine mode, we got anotherawesome guests and we're proud to be part of RADIOCOM's original podcast series, andalso people can find us on am TV and the sports circus with sow,the ring master so south. Thank you for having us on the sports circusand letting us be a part of that as well. Today's guest, Dave. You know, she's got a just like many of our guests, alot of accomplishments. She is a speaker, she's a coach, she does everythingfrom a to Z. She's even written a great book, as wecan see here. And so two books. Yes, I think this is yourfirst one, Jennifer, but today joining us in the huddle is isauthor, coach, veteran, you name it, she's done it. ExecutiveJennifer Garrett. So, Jennifer, thank you so much for joining us inthe huddle today. How are you doing? I'm doing great. Thanks so muchfor having me. So, Jennifer, where we always started? If youcan go back to when you were a kid growing up, what wasthat first memory for you? Was it? Was it a relative? Was itexperience on television? Was it your parents, somebody that gave you alove of sports? Who would work for you and where did you grow up? Great questions. So I grew up in the city of Chicago. SoI grew up the Chicago Bears Fan. I did not grow up in afootball family, but I followed the game ever since I was a kid.My parents were very, very big Chicago bears fans. Growing up in theS and so I mean ever since I was like four, remember watching games, you know, every Sunday during the NFL season. That was kind ofwhat really brought me to love sports, many sports, not just football.So who's your favorite? Bear? Walter Peyton? Of course, I thinkcoach Nick. I said that was his favorite too. Than you know.I mean for me, the reason why I say that it's not just becauseof who he was as a player, because there's lots of talented players outthere right, current and former, but just who he was as a person, both on and off the field. That, you know, a trueinspiration, great leader, and so that's why he's always been my favorite pair. Yeah, I agree. Super Bowl shuffles one of the better dances everalso, so it was video still entertaining. So growing up in Chicago, whatsports did you play? I played basketball as a kid. Wanted toplay football, but I'm kind of a small person, five two of his, about a hundred fifteen pounds growing up, so not a big okay, butI played basketball in high school. I played tennis and badminton, butI love playing basketball. I wanted to play football. I talked about thatin the book a little bit how my senior year of high school I'd startedat a new school and I marched down to the coaches office and I saidI want to play football and this is in the s and he wasn't toothrilled with me that. And the story goes according to my dad, he'snot passed away as up, the coach had begged him to not let meplay. But I don't know what the real sort of it was, ifit was my dad wanting to play the coach or maybe both. Yeah,back in those days they weren't his for giving two girls coming out in thefootball field as they would be today. You know, because I know myboys took it pretty hard on their sister. Yeah, so I have a questionabout Goo. For course. You mentioned badminton. Was it competitive badminton? It it was competitive badminton. There is such a thing. I don'tknow how strong it is now, but yeah, there are people get theyget really a competitive in that sport. Interested. That seems like a prettygood workout when you watch like I mean those people are moving. Yes,yeah, that was a fun sport. I enjoyed it. And what isthe object you hit called? I I'm trying to remember it's the already right. The is it a Bertie dottle cock shuttlecock, the actual name. Somepeople call it a Birdie, but it's actually a shuttlecock. Yeah, that'sgood. I mean you sound like so...

...you said your parents weren't really footballfans. Now, did they really push you to be in sports or moreeducation? How was that for you growing up? Yeah, so my parentswere actually big football fans, but they were very big on academics. SoI mean I was always in like the writing camps and the science and mathcamps more so than the sports camps, per say. And so the loveof sports was really kind of on my own and just, you know,playing the game and loving the physical exercise for one, and just being outthere on the court. Wasn't on the football field, but definitely on thecourts. I really enjoyed that. Yeah, so so then you get to yougo through your youth sports and I don't know, back in the Sit wasn't as kind of like it is now. We got to drive ourkids every sports. A lot of times we went out and played in thebackyard and different things like that. So was there a pretty good neighborhood thatyou lived in where you guys always went outside. So I used to gohome with a friend of mine. So I used to stay at her houseafter school and they had a nice basketball court there, so I would justwalk over there and and play for a couple hours to my parents picked meup. Yeah, no, that's good. That happens a lot of us.Like Dave and I talked about playing whiffleball a lot when we were youngand kind of picking up those backyard games in those types of things. Sowhat high school did you go to in Chicago? So I moved when Iwas twelve to southern California. So I went to a good move. Yeah, it was warmer here for here in southern California, but I went tocoast to Mesa High School, and then I transferred my senior year to Estancia, both of which are in Armed County, is just right south of La Awesome. So did you play? You said you played sports in high school. Right, I did. What kind of you know, when you talkabout everything you've done in your career, how did those influence that you hadthrough growing up in Chicago, then southern California and all those sports? Howdid that help you transition to a lot of things that you've done later inlife. Yeah, I mean I'm one that is a firm believer that sportsof all kind can really help shape you to be a successful individual beyond thegame. I mean there's the team work in the leadership that everybody talks about. There's the resiliency aspects of it as well. There's the ability of peopleof different backgrounds to come together right, no matter what your background is.When you're on a team, you come together and figure out how do youwork well with one another, leveraging the skills that everyone has to achieve theobjective, and that is applicable no matter what you're doing in life or orin the game. Yeah, so then you're going through high school and Ithink you went to USC is that correct? I'm on the board at USC No, I went to Undergrad. I went to cal State Long Beach andthen I've have quite a few degrees. So I went to five school sevendegrees total. Oh my gosh, that's a long time in school. Igo I'm lucky. I got one degree and I don't know if I coulddo anymore. So what. So tell us all your degrees and where youwent sure, so to engineering bachelor's, one and electrical engineering and one biomedical engineering, both from cal State Long Beach. Then I went got anMBA from pepperdine. I went to Loyola Law School in La which is partof loyal a mare amount, and then I have a master's in communication andleadership from Gonzaga and then I have two there called master of law degrees.After you finish the JD you can go back and do a more specialized legalfocus. So I have two of them, one in text and then the otherone is in business transactions, which is like SEC regulation and Mana activity, corporate formation, that kind of thing. And both of those are from theUniversity of Alabama. Wow, so you actually went to Alabama or wasit online? It was online. We did have to we did have anin person component of it, but most of it was online. What droveyou to get so many degrees and continue it your education so far? Well, I've always had a passion for learning. That being said, I don't thinkyou have to be in the formal academic setting to learn and I wouldencourage people to be learning every day. But I was very fortunate to haveemployers that paid they had very generous education programs and so far of my degreeswere fully paid for by employers. Oh Wow, that is that is awesome. So you've had quite a few jobs that as you were going through collegeand and all getting all these degrees. So that's that's great. No,did everyone help you take a step up and make a different transition in yourlife? Yeah, it did. For the most part, the degrees werevery helpful in that career progression. I mean, I have quite a variedbackground, so people will ask you know, do you not know what you wantto do? Is that why you went about all these degrees? Andthe answer that is no. I mean, there was a purpose for them andmy view is I wanted to make sure that I could be a wellrounded, differentiated, valuable asset to the team and by having these different perspectives, that gave me a different angle or...

...different ability to contribute value to eachteam that I was a part of. Jennifer, and I realize you're aformer member of the military also, is a correct yeah, I'm still servingnow in the in the National Guard. Okay, and so at what pointdid you enter the military? Was Was it just as as a national guardsperson after you're out of college, or was it prior? Yeah, soI have a non traditional path, I'd say in the military when I didn'tunless right out of Cup high school and then go come. So what Idid was I after law school. I'd always wanted to serve. My firstjob out of college was working for the Navy as a civil servant and Ijust had a desire to serve. So after law school decided to kind ofpursue that. But I had four kids already and so just going the activeduty route wasn't the most feasible path for me. So I join the NationalGuard. Wow, so doing all this that you do hot what what didyou to say? You can stay connected with sports. Who are you fanof? Did you continue to follow the bears? Where you into basketball?What sports are you just always on ESPN watching everything? All of it,always on the ESPN. But I mean I was a big basketball and footballwatcher ever since I know a kid. I played. I didn't play collegeball as a student athlete, but I played in their intramural so I wouldspend four hours a day playing basketball. So I mean I just loved I'vealways loved sports and it's been a part of who I am. So I'vewatched it, I've studied it. I've a five lessons from different sports tomy life to be successful. What's your strongest basketball aspect? Dribbling. That'sa great style. Wide I did play point guard, so I'll go withdribbling. Guess like you've good handles and Huh, I do. Yes,and I can't fall, I can't, don't, but I can palm one. Well, yes, I'm I sadly enough, cannot palm one, buta little stick them it helps. The volleyball can little bit. Yeah,it's I don't like to admit that to everybody, but I will do you. Jennifer so day, both of the days girls are playing basketball now aswell. They're pretty good. Dave, decent. They I don't think theyhad the passion of that Jennifer has. That's that's the thing that they theydo have height, but there I would say. They're interested in lots ofthings other than basketball, but they play and they're good players. I think. What positions are they? One's a point guard like yourself and then oneone's kind of like a for five post center. So yeah, it's theyenjoy it, though. It's they're now. I have questions for you later inour conversation because they're going to be transitioning into college and we'd like tohear it kind of like a little summary of motivation I can give them.So we'll ask that. So then you go through and you're getting all thesedegrees, you you finally finish going to school, whether it's online and whatever. You finally finish this going to school. What is the next transition for you? What is that next job? Or did you already have one andstay in it? Already had one and I stayed in it. So forme, I mean I didn't go to school back to back to back.So was over a fifteen year period that I did all occasional and depp orsome of them, I did, you know, look for that next roleafterwards, like the MBA, for example. A lot of people that's kind ofthe next logical thing, right, you get this MBA and you're lookingto climb the corporate ladder, so speak. So I did do that, butwith other degrees it was really just to augment my education, to leveragethe benefits that these employers were affording their employees at the time, really justto grow and develop as a person. Now, are your kids into sports? Yes, so I have five kids, for girls, one boy. Myson played came football in high school as a quarterback, and then mydaughter's, my older daughters, did cheerleading and then my daughters a senior rightnow in high school. She plays a cross and then I've got a tenyear old that is very much into basketball. And so every day after school whenthey go to school, and now we're all home schooling, but she'dwant to come home and run drill. So she was really excited to playbasketball. How do you feel sports has helped them in their transitions and gettingolder in life? Yeah, I mean, aside from the the team work thatwe talked about already, it's just learning to adapt is one of thethings. I mean you're, you know, playing football, as you know,when it's all about making adjustments as you go right. I mean there'sa fast paced game that you're playing. You've got to make adjustments, you'vegot to figure out who you can count on on your team to help youto move the ball and get across the bowl one in the same as truein life. Until I've seen my kids, it's for in these things from playingtheir respective forces, the adaptability to the flexibility, to learning to adjustyour communication style and how you deal with...

...different people, because we're all different. I mean there's just so many things that that being a student athletes,you know, even at the elementary high school level, can teach you topositioning to be successful in life. I think to being being able to adapt. Adaptability is such a key. I'm no expert and I certainly have mystruggles, but I think if you're able to adapt, it can really maketransitions a heck of a lot easier than if you're not willing to accept changeand roll with it. Right. Yes, absolutely, and I think from playingsports you you kind of realize that to win you need to do thatright. If what you're doing today isn't working or you know in the firstquarter, then you got to change it up, and by playing sports likethat, you you have that kind of built into your mindset, whereas otherpeople who aren't playing sports kind of get stuck in their ways and they becomecomplacent and they're not willing to make those changes that they need to make tocontinue to progress forward. I think accepting rejection to I mean I sports helpsyou because you know there's a lot of you get. You get there's alot of humility involved with sports and in those I noticed just throughout regular lifethose that have not played sports are a little bit more resistant to rejection andcriticism and etc. I think I think that's a big part too. Sure, yeah, I know that's a great point, because when you're applying asport, you if you if you don't win a game, for example,that is kind of like a rejection, right, you didn't win, butyou don't have time to focus on that loss. You got to get readyfor the next game. Writing Right with you to come back quickly and tonot allow that loss or rejection to kind of hamper you. And you justgot to figure it out and move forward. You don't have time to to justdwell in the past. Oh sure, absolutely well. And I also thinkthe sports, when you play them growing up through high school, youhave many different coaches, right, you have to learn to deal and takelessons and and instructions from many different kind of people. In the real worldis just like that. I mean since I've retired I've had maybe five orsix different jobs trying to figure out what I want to do, and allthose transitions. I had to learn to deal with different people and I knowimmediately right now the people that I don't really want to be around. I'mnot aggressive towards them, I'm not mean towards them, I just separate myselffrom those situations because I've been in those situations with bad coaches and never turnsout good for me at all. So I just try to kind of distancemyself from those situations and go somewhere where I feel safe and and like partof the team, just like you said. Sure, so now you've done allthese great things. When did you write your first book? Two Thousandand thirteen, so I actually got the inspiration to write the book I wasat a Chicago bears we may packers game. It was the NFC championing shipp intwo thousand and eleven, January twenty three. I was sitting there inseventeen degree weather with a lot of other excited bears and factors fans, andit was the fourth quarter and the bears were trailing and they had the ball, trying to make a comeback win and it was fourth down. Lovey Smith, who was the coach of the time, takes the time out and in thatmoment. I mean as a fan, everyone has their ideas right on whatplay you're going to run. And as I was sitting there, rememberthinking about how fourth down moments are representative of our own moments in our lifewhere we have to make these critical decisions on are we going to go forsomething or not, and if we are, what play are we going to runor plays to get that next first down? And so that's where Igot the inspiration for the book. And so after the game, where thebears obviously lost that game, the packers went on to win the Super Bowland I just had all these lessons that I learned over the years that Iput on paper and started writing the book and in two thousand and thirteen thebook was born. Wow. So so when you started writing your book andyou started kind of using all these football language in terms, did you havea mentor on the football side that really helped you with all that? No, I didn't. I didn't really know anybody that played collegiately or professionally,but I knew what I knew from watching the game for, you know,twenty years, and so I really just kind of put down what I hadlearned. But I also reinforced that with high school college pro examples to butno, I didn't have a mentor to kind of guide me in can coachme on what to write or anything like that. So Start Your Day sunnyside up at the Weston Bonaventure Hotel and suits and enjoy breakfast for two onus. No matter how you plan to spend your trip to Los Angeles,start every day with a hearty meal to kick start your morning. Enjoy breakfastfor two on US each day you stay. For reservations, be sure that PromoCode S for B appears in the Promo codebox when making your online reservationat Marriottcom. BACKSLASH LAX BW or call one eight hundred two to eight onethousand two hundred and ninety and ask for a promotional code s for B.What's the process for someone who when you, when you start, when you sayokay, I'm going to write a book, because, like when Iwrite a tweet, it takes me about...

...an hour because I kids, I'mhorrible at writing and organization. What's when you're going to write a book?What's like the first step, like what you just you make an outline.Is it that basic or tell us like your thought process when you said,okay, I'm gonna write a book. Now I'm gonna yeah, great questions. First out and who do you want to read your book? Writ Imean that's the overarching framework. And then it is exactly just outlining and figuringout, you know, what are the topics that you want to include inthe book? How are you going to tailor it to your intended audience,and then just mapping that out and then just write. I mean I wouldwrite chapter by chapter. Put it to write a book. Well, it'sa pretty big process. I mean, can't just write something on paper onceand all of good. I'm and there's a lot of editing and iterating soyou get to the final product. So in your mind you talked about whowhat? Who Do I want to read this book? What were you thinkingof? Who did you want when you first thought about this? Who didyou want to read the book? It's a great question because it's actually itsurprised me who ended up reading it versus who I thought was going to readthe book. So originally, when I wrote the book on, my targetaudience were men who knew football, because that's what I was writing about.Right how you take football principles and apply it to life. And what Ifound over the years is there are a lot of men that that no footballthat read the book, but there's a lot of women who are interested inthe book, not only because it's football, but because of just who I amas a person and what I've done as a single parent, as awoman, you're trying to climb the corporate ladder work in a mail dominated worldas well to the number of different industries that work per dolling mail. Soit was interesting to see that the audience that I thought I was writing forinitially was not necessarily audience. That ended up being the you know, thethe majority of the reader. First who has, who is contacted you thatyou said, I can't believe they've read my book, that you were likeshocked about. I'd say tyrone keys. Tyrone played on the a eighty fivebear team, which was the team I grewed up in, you know,really watching it and idolizing, and so we become really great friends today.I mean he's basically he's he kind of when we first started communicating, hestarted texting me asking me about different games. I think he was trying to testmy knowledge of the game, and so I was able to pass thetest and to this day I'll say that I know football more than some ofthe guys he played with. So to me that was pretty cool because thatprovides validation, you know, as someone that didn't grow up in a footballfamily, I didn't have a dad that would coach. Your brothers have played, so that was pretty neat to get that from him. Yeah, no, that's great. That's great. So you wrote your first book. Comesout in two thousand and thirteen. It's been out awhile. Now what's yourwhat was your next book? You started on so I wrote the other bookthat I wrote is called the daily Hustle, but it's really more of a plannerfor people to get focused over a thirty day period. And so whatit is about is you basically you map out your goals. You figure outwhat is it that you need to do each day. So the night beforeyou plan out what you're routine going to be for the day. You willidentify those priorities. You spend time working on that the next day and thenat the end of the day you come back in your assess where you are. You know, basically we review the game film, if you will.Right. Where do you do? Well, what did you do? What youneed to do tomorrow? Kind of thing. So it's more of anorganizational tool than an actual book book. So I feel I assume you're prettygood at that, because with with five kids in a single parent you hadto be pretty darn organized. Yes, I try to be. Yes,how do you? How do you fit it all into into one day?Something that I really I've been delivered about doing every day now is practicing thepower of note. So or I'm intentional with what I say yes to.So when I was in my s and S, I mean I don't wantedto do everything right. You said Yes to everything because you thought that youcould do everything, and you can't do everything. Well, something's got togive, and so what I've learned over the years as you really have tobe intentional and selective with what the things that you say yes do. Sothere's a lot that I say no to and I'm not I don't feel badabout that, because it's really about prioritization right and making sure that you understandwhat are the priorities and what are you willing to not focus on so thatyou can work on those priorities. Yeah, I agree with that. I agreewith that. So, Jennifer, what so you? So you wroteyour second book and I think in the meantime you've been also and what youdo currently is a lot of motivational speaking, corporate speaking. Is that right?Yes, yeah, tell us about that, like who you speak to, how people can contact you, like who's your target audience, that kindof stuff. Yeah, so the target audience are really people who are lookingto kind of reach that next level in life. We all have our owndefinition of success and we all should have our own definition, right. Imean we're we all have different priorities, every things that are important, butthe thing is so a lot of people...

...don't really take action towards those thingsthat they want to because they're busy doing other things. So I'm really lookingto help people that want to make changes and their left, that are lookingto be better leaders and that really, at the end of the day,they can go to bed at night feeling really good because they made the mostout of each and every day. And so I do a lot of workwith all kinds of organizations and meant fortune, five hundred companies will do workshops onhow they can take the athlete mentality and connect it to leadership to bebetter leaders in the organization. I'll work with different sports organizations, a lotof work with both sports communities as well as the veteran committed and transiting yaon the uniform alcohol and into, you know, civilian life as well.That's that's probably a that's a big deal. I mean there's but there's so manypeople that have to go through that transition and it's probably not always veryeasy, right. Yeah, I mean in the sports world as well asthe veteran space, you have this identity that's wrapped around who you were rightas a player, as a veteran, as a service member, and whenyou leave that that identity is gone, right and and so you have tofigure out, what do I do now? You've lost the team, you've lostthe structure that you used to have before. Used to know where Ineed to show up, what I'm going to wear, what I need todo, and that's all gone. You have to figure it all out andthere's a lot of people that struggle with that. In my focus is let'snot just get you grow up, but let's get doing something that you reallylove right in setting you up for a successful career, because so many peoplejust look to find a job because I have to pay bills. Right.But let's let's put you let's put together a playbook so that you can positionyourself for a career that you're really enjoying. Life's too short to not be happyeach and every day. Right by Dave and I interviewed a gentleman namedBrad Mitchell and he has a group out of pain state called Napsa, wherewhat they do is they take your sports competencies and they relate them to businesscompetencies. So, for instances, if your quarterback, you're very good atseeing the whole field, knowing when a blitz is coming, reading a defense, doing all those things. So they've taken that terminology. Now how doesthat translate into the workforce, into the real world, so that you understandthat language that it's really not that different, it's just you got to think ofit at a different language and a different way. So it's really interestingwhat he does and he what he's doing, is doing a lot of the thingsthat you're saying. God to look him up. I appreciating sharing thatone. Why, as a group called an APSA, napsa okay, outof Penn State. Well, I think there's also a lot of employers thatmay underestimate the talents of those coming out of the military and what they canbring to the table. You know, there's a lot of people maybe whodidn't serve that maybe don't appreciate that's it's quite an organization and your you haveto be pretty well rounded and also very specialize in some things. I thinkpeople overlook that. Maybe you know and that's it's probably helps to be ableto convey that as a former military person to the employer. How does skillscan translate right? Yeah, and for me, because I did spend alot of time in corporate American, I did a lot of I've done alot of hiring and reviewing resume. So I actually one of the things Ido now is I work with people on putting together those resumes at highlight thesetransferable skills in a way that really position our service members and former athletes ina way that these hiring managers and companies can understand and appreciate the experience dancesof these folks have had. Well, as we talked about, to asformer players, as veterans. They don't do things while you're in there tohelp you figure out what your next part of life's going to be. Rightthere. You're there to work for them and then you're going to figure out, okay, when you're done, you're done. They're not coming back.I've never had one team call me and say hey, guys, how's yourlife going? Do you need help with anything? They don't do that.So you know, even though I played fifteen years, or guys have playedthree years, but they've played football their whole life and they only know onething. So that is a difficult transition for me, even like in military, most people go into the military when they're eighteen and if you serve fiveyears or twenty three, twenty four and you're trying to figure out what theheck is next for me. So what you're doing is great. Thank youwell, thank you. I appreciate that. Jenner, for you the podcast todon't you I do. Yeah, my podcast is called the ball,after the book, and the focus is on conversations with professional athletes and successfulbusiness leaders on how you can implement the right strategies and habits in your lifeto be successful, to move the ball and it's not just about in business. It's about really living that fulfilling life, being successful in all aspects, beenhappy, not just in your career but in everything that you do.Have a deep relationships with people, making sure that you are feeling fulfilled andsatisfied. None as it's good. How...

...long have you been doing your podcast? It absolutely just kicked off the day after the Super Bowl, so thisyear. So it's a fairly new podcast, but it's been it's been great withhats and it's not just football athletes I've got. I've had a coupleof folks that play Major League Baseball, that played coach the hockey had nota lot of football athletes on as well. Eric Dungee, who's Tony Dungee Sun, was on recently. I'm interviewing my Carrera next week. So greatpeople you're sharing their insights and perspectives from being around the game. Yeah,everyone, you know, and we always say this is everyone is different.Right, there's thirty two guys to play quarterback every year. We're all different. We all approach the game differently and we come out with different competent seasonskills and we go into the game with that too, and hopefully you pickup a lot of things as you go and so what you're doing is reallygood. Given people an inside perspective of how athletes and veterans see the gameor see the field, or see the you know, the battlefield, whateveryou want to call it, and you know how to we all make transitionsin life, because I've had a lot of relatives who've lost their job andthey're not going to get the same job they've had before in and they reallyget down on the dump that they don't know how to deal with that.So sometimes that little bit of information can really help them through. Yeah,absolutely, and I've had people that are listened to my podcast that do notknow sports at all and they've reached down and said, Hey, I reallyenjoy the insights and the conversation for having so to me that's pretty cool becausethat means that the conversations are explained in a way that you don't have toknow anything about the sport of man. I love having people that love sportsas well, but really I'm looking to impact as many people as I can, whether you're a lover of of the game or not. Jenner, Jenniferice, and on your website that you're involved with the W NFC? Yes, yeah, what could Pascity tell us a little bit about that? Yeah, so the WNFC is the women's National Football Conference and so they are womensemi pro football organization. So I sit on the board of that organization.Another board member is Lifford hobbly. Lifford play for the dolphins back in thes and he's now the president of the NFL Alumni Association Dallas Chapter. We'vejust added a couple more board members as well. Katie sours now a boardmember, and a few other great people too. And but I mean thatorganization started off last year. Fantastic Group of women athletes and I mean they'rejust doing really great things to to promote the women in sports. Dr JenWelter has been a part of the organization as well. There's just they're doinga lot of great things. We had a postpone own the season because ofthe global pandemic that we're in right now, but but they're just doing great thingsand I know they're going to continue to do some amazing things in thesport. There's a lot of teams, I think isn't there's a lot fifteenor sixteen teams, isn't there? Yes, and they they keep expanding to likethis year where there was going to be an expense expansionto Mexico as well. Now they're an international organization. So they're doing great things. I meanjust to be in her two of this league and seeing everything that they're they'redoing in the number of teams they have and and the women see that alot of them have their own nonprofit organizations or other organizations. You will watchyou at the end there. We want were watching here. If we gotyou back where? Yeah, we got you there. So I have agood friend who runs the D he owns the DC divas, okay, andyou know they're is it a competing league to that or is it kind ofthe same? Like we have the Pittsburgh Passion here in Pittsburgh. Is Nowthe league that you're in? It's a is it a different type of leagueor is it just another league separate, like go would be the NFL inthe xfol yeah, it's just another league that's separate. So, Dave,how many teams did you say we're in it? I the looking at thelist, look like about like sixteen or so. I don't think the onethat passions and is not that extensive. Yeah, so, if you ifyou have Dr Walter working with you, she's great. I've met her,I've known her and seen her around several times of different functions. She's reallyintelligent, really smart, loves the GAME HAS INCREDIBLE PASSION FOR IT. She'sa good one to have in the league, that's for sure. Yes, StefI love her energy and she is definitely passionate about it and she doesa lot of women's camps across the country and I've had the pleasure of goingto a couple of them. She did one right before the super bowls,so I was out there for that and I mean she's just so passionate aboutwhat she does and really trying to promote the sport and promote women and getyoung ladies involved in so she's doing some amazing things too. So are yougoing to go run a forty and put...

...the pads on and try out?Yes, I would love to. Your Dad's not around to say no anymore. No, he's not. She could be like almost like a little likean Eric Metcalf, kind of behind the line, you know five. Oh, yeah, hard to see, you know, get through, scored throughwill berry standers? Oh yeah, definitely, definitely. Then you can send filmsyour old old the old high school coach, and say, see,I can do it, but I don't know if he's still there, buthey, find him out. It will be Cathartic. You could send itto him say this feels really good. I told you I could play Um. So so what do you have on on deck next for you? Well, I mean you've every time. You know, it seems like every fewyears you're just doing something bigger and better. Well, so, I did leavethe corporate world four months ago to focus on the move the ball brandfull time. So that was a big move, given the cell I ama single parent of five. But you know, for me it was reallyabout you're either going to be all in or get out right. I meanwe need to take risks and find or dreams, if you will, andso I've just been really excited to grow the brand. You know, I'vegot some online courses that I'm going to be releasing which, again, it'sall on the theme of how to help people move the ball forward. SoI've got one that I'm going to launch next month that's geared towards women specificallyjust to give them some it's really getting back to basics, giving them thefundamentals that they need to move the ball in the direction they want to move. I mean know oftentimes we think that we have to make these monumental changesin our lives to achieve the results and sometimes it's just small shifts right,doing little things different that can yeeld the big result for us. What's yourbest way for if someone wanted to contact you for speaking or maybe purchasing someof your services? What's the best way for someone to contact you? Yeah, I mean I have a website, Jennifer a Garrettscom, and then youcan also if you go on any social platform and search, just move theball, you should find me. I'm very active on Linkedin, so that'sthe big one that that I'm on all day long, most of the time. So I'd say, you know, find me there if you want toconnect that I'm maxed out on connections, because I don't know if you knowthat Linkedin doesn't let you you can only have thirtyzero connections there, but anyonecan send me a message. So you don't need to have a premium membershipto send me a message. there. Okay, so thirtyzero. I meanI feel like I connect with people all the time. I only have likefour thousand. It's like, so you must been really working hard on Linkedin. It's it is a great site for all that to do your work andto tell those people in the corporate world what you're doing. Oh, it'sa fantastic platform. I mean, if you're not on Linkedin, linkedin's gotover six hundred million users that are, you know, professionals. It's agreat way to connect, to grow your business, but to really just buildgreat relationships with people. I mean linkedin literally did change my life. I'vemet so many amazing people through the platform, not just for business but just tomake me a better person. Right, right, yeah, because I alwaysget worried on linkedin. Should I ask a question? Should I askthe audience for this? But then it's like, you know what, younever know until you ask and you put yourself out there, and then usuallywhat happens is you're going to get a great response from it. If youdo, and I don't know if you've felt that way on Linkedin. Absolutely, I think back in the day people thought that Linkedin was really just forlooking for a job writing. You should only go on there if you're makingthat next career move, but it's a great platform to engage with the community, to learn, to follow people, to see what they're doing, toreally build your tribe. You know, there's so much to do on thatplatform, not just look for a job. So a good place to move theball right, that's right, exactly. Yes, all right. So,you know, I think that what you're doing, I mean, Dave, we couldn't talk to somebody who's busier, who's had more going on their life. I just can't believe that you've been a single parent five children anddone everything that you've done. Going to classes. How many degrees? Seven. Seven degrees, Dave, that's by far the most of any guests we'veever had on possibly the most children also. Oh No, Fitz he had more. Yeah, Ryan Fitzpatrick had seven. But yeah, Jafifer's Knox selling.Yeah, that's yeah, you're done it. Five, right, gotit. Five. Yes. So, you know, one of the thingsthat we end up our show with is, you know, we do a segmentcalled the no huddle, but before that I want to thank radiocom andall of our listeners out there. We're one of RADIOCOM's original podcast and alsoyou can find us on sports circus under the big topless sile, the ringmaster, and on amptv, on hotel television. So we end our show. We love this segment. It's called the no huddle segment, where weask you a bunch of questions and you...

...know, it's like marching down tofield right we're move it, we're moving the ball right now and we're goingto fire a bunch of questions that you have a little fun. So Day'vealways starts us off. Go ahead, Dave. Okay, this is moretimely one than we normally ask, and not to make light of it byany means, but we are in quarantine at the moment. If we're goingto read a book and it's not either one of the books that you wrote, what book would you recommend US reading? Can I give you two? Yes, okay, so I would say one book the I love is calledhow full is your buckets? It's an older book, around two thousand andfive, maybe two thousand and seven times frame. But how fully use yourboocket in your bucket is about really owning the energy that you have and thenyou take into every room and you can choose to dip from people's buckets bybeing negative or you can choose to fill people's buckets through positivity. And especiallyin today time where you know we've got this global pandemic and some people arefreaking out, some people are not right, I actually did a post the otherday where I talked about how it's your time to step up and leadright and there's people in your community that need you to be positive and tolead the charge. So couple of your bucket is a really good boockets.It'll take you like an hour to read it. It's a short read.And then the second book is good to great by Jim Collins, another olderbook. But what that talks about is not only do you need to havethe right people with the right skill sets on your bus, you have tohave them in the right seat on the bus. So as you build yourteams, it's not only about having the right of having talented people, butmaking sure that the job valet stay and play. On Your next getaway toLos Angeles, the Weston Bonaventure Hotel and sweets offers effortless access to all thecity of angels has to offer. Whether you're hoping to catch a concert orsporting event. Our hotels just moments away from all the action and accessible toHollywood, beaches, museums and theme parks. The package includes a guest room andvalet parking. For reservations, use Promo Code PSF in the code boxwhen making your online reservation or call one, two hundred and three, six,two four one thou and ask for Promo Code PSF. All right,tell us a little bit of again about the good to great. Okay,the second book, good too great, by Jim Collins, is a bookabout having the right people on your team in the right this is the bloodsas well. So you want on roster, for example? Right, okay,awesome. So all right, what is your biggest pet peeve? Peoplethat are not prepared for conversation and things our meetings that have them, andit's it's important that people respect other people's time right in them and everyone hasthe same amount of time of the day and I just absolutely hate it whenpeople did not come prepared the conversation and they just don't have respect for yourtime. Right now, I agree that that's I think that's my puppy isnot respecting someone else's time. As a it's not a good one, alot of people unfortunately demonstrate. Yes, okay, let's see. I wasgoing to ask your all time favorite athlete, but I always already think it's sweetness. So is that right? That is true. That is okay.So, if you were going to go back in time and give a younggirl, Jennifer Garrett, some advice, what would that be? That advicewould be don't think that you can't do something. And the reason I sayit that way is I've always been a person that's like thought you could dowhatever it is that you wanted to do, but I placed limit those things,and I'll give you an example. You know, I grew up wantingto be an engineer. I thought that I was going to be an engineermy entire life. Things happen, are you know, our interest change,priorities change, my dad passing away, I was a very big turning pointfor me and and what my priorities were. But I never thought that I wouldbe working with perfectonal athletes, that people that uses the sportiful fall tohelp people all to become successful in the laws. And I remember back inearly two thousand there was a show that I forgot what the name of ofit was. It was a reality TV show where, basically, if youwon, you would be a sports commentator, and I remember talking to a friendof mine every day when I would go into the offside passed by hiscubic ball. Donnie was his name, and we'd always chat about sports fora while and then we would talk about this show and I used to say, you know, that's a pretty cool...

...job, but that would never besomething that we would ever do or you know, I just kind of dismissedit. And so I think the advice that I'm it's a long story here, but I think what I'm getting at is oftentimes we think some some careerchoices or some past are so far out of reach, but they're none.Mean, you know, when I was a kid watching, you know,the Super Bowl team, the Chicago bears, you know, in one thousand ninehundred and eighty six right, like, I never would have thought that mylife was bought in this direction. And so I would tell someone thatis thirty years younger, like you really can do whatever it is that youwant to do and like you just got to figure out how to go doit right exactly exactly. So what is your favorite sports movie? Remember thetitans, right, that's a good that's that's right up there, I think, with the most out of a lot of our guests have picked his.Remember the titans. Day I stopped. I still haven't seen it. Somaybe we have some time now. We all do, so I might.Maybe that's one I'll rent day days more into watching the show's never seen it. There's a lot of good videos, though. I've never seen Godfather.I've never seen all the classic s team movies. I've missed, you know. So I'd like to say it was doing better things, but unfortunate Idon't think I was. But I can catch up. We got about twoweeks to catch up at least. Okay, let's see here. If you couldtrade places with anybody ever in time for one day, who would thatbe? Elon Musk Oh. I like it. Why would that be?Well, so I do. I am a tesla owner for once. Ilove the car, but I just think he's such a visionary. And Yeah, I mean some people love him, some people don't care for him,right, but I mean he is. He is the great leader. Heis a visionary. Is Looking at paving the way and pushing the boundaries oftechnology and different things, and so I would just love this with places andbe in those conversations that he's having with people about how to really make adifference and shames the world. No, I agree with that, like.I mean, what a visionary. What what up? I mean he's doneeverything you can to think about. Just say hey, we're going to buildthese tunnels and we're going to run speed trains throne and you know, justwe're just going to start it and nobody's going to tell us now, andit's just amazing that that that's happened, you know, because when you havea coach like that that's a visionary and it can get his team to dothings that are other people would never think as possible, that's moving the ballright. That's are a lot of the people that get the jobs done andthat's why the Patriots, I think, have been so good for so long. But it's really going to be interesting this year to see. All right, is it good? Is it Bill Bell, checkers? It Tom Brady? Which one? Was it right? Yes, it'll definitely be an interestingnext season. Okay, I mentioned this earlier in our podcast, but I'veso I have a daughter who's going to be a junior and a daughter isgoing to be a senior in high school. What you know in like thirty seconds. Can I have some advice to convey to them about making good decisions, about good going in the direction that they you know, maybe maybe theywant to go to direction, but it's not like super popular with their friendsor whatever, but like something that could maybe steer them on the right pathas they head to college. Sure, couple things. One, I thinkit's important to have the courage to pursue what you're passionate about, whether ornot other people stand with you or you go alone, for one. Butyou definitely want to choose who you surround yourself with. I mean, theytalked about your that the you're the average of the five people you surround yourselfwith. Right. So, I mean my view is, I don't neverwant to be the smartest person in the room because I'm in the wrong room, because you want to be associating yourself with people that are going to helplevel you up right. You don't want people in the room that are pullingyou down. So I think as you leave high school and move on,you're going to meet new friends make. You'll have some old friends that you'llstay in touch with rights and social media and stuff, but you're to meetNew People, to choose the people that you want to associate with. Verywisely good stuff. That's, you know what, David, makes me thinkthat Olivia's kind of done that already. She's made some choices that she inthe last like six months and really changed her no, that's absolutely right.Now Jennifer, my youngest daughter, was hanging around with a crowd that we'reweren't super crazy about, and I don't think she was, but she wasinvolved with it and she just pur she just made the decision, you knowwhat, I'm not going to be with them anymore and I think she's alot happier person and we're seeing, you know, a better person really,since she's kind of removed herself from that, because that the average of those thatgroup was probably not the number we wanted it to be. So Iappreciate the advice. That's really good stuff. Sure, I would say. Iwould add one other thing to that too. It is as you continueon. I mean there are people in...

...this world that are going to hateon you, that are, you know, gonna say no, that are goingto reject you, and rejection and hate is a gift that you don'thave to accept from other people. And if someone tells you know, allthat means is they're not meant to be on the journey with you. Nomore good stuff, good stuff, so very good stuff, Jennifer. Wereally appreciate you being on huddle up with guests, with Dave and I joiningus in the huddle. Everyone can go and, you know, check outJennifer and get her pull. Okay, move the ball. You can movethe ball on linkedin all the social media. You can check out our new podcast. Move The ball. So it's a brand that she's building and Ithink she's doing an outstanding job. And just keep up the great work andthank you for doing what you're doing, Jennifer. Well, the daily Hustletoo. I'll don't forget the daily Hustle. That's that's what I actually I'm thinkingabout getting as we leave this podcast. My organization's ridiculous. So it soundslike a daily hustle is going to be able to organize. You need. You need a hustle out and pick that update. I need to pastsoon as we're allowed to go. Thank you, Jennifer. We really appreciateyour time. Thank you both for having me on the show. I hopeyou're in a conversation of great, absolutely wonderful thank you. Thanks, Jennifer. Stay healthy and safe. Thanks all. Right. By Hey, we wantto thank you for joining us today on huddle up with guests, wherewe talked to a wide range of guests about how supports shake your life.As always, been joined by my great friend and cohost Dave Hagar, andwe want you to be able to follow us on all of our social mediaat huddle up with Gust and we really appreciate you and thank you for yourtime and listening to our podcast.

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