SA 017: Bobby Carpenter, Former NFL Linebacker on Routines, Consistency, and Family

Bobby Carpenter

In this episode of The Sweet Adversity Podcast, former NFL linebacker Bobby Carpenter shares his perspectives on what it takes to become a high performer and do it on a consistent basis, coming from his background from a high-performing family.

Guest Bio:

Bobby Carpenter is a former NFL Linebacker most famous for his years as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.

He attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio, where he made the district finals in swimming in addition to being a football star.

He was a two-time Second-Team All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State University (where he earned a degree in Economics) before being drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

He and his father,  NFL running back Bob Carpenter, both played for Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells.

After his NFL career he returned to Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business for an MBA in Finance & Strategy.

Bobby talks about sports, life and pop culture in his podcast, According to Carp.

Some Questions We Ask

  • What is it about adversity, struggle, and failure that is so critical to our development as leaders and as human beings?
  • What are the key moments in his life impacted his development and shaped his perspective?
  • Whether he believes that his success is due to genetics or his environment
  • What he learned about leadership from his coaches
  • If he could have dinner with someone he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?
    • Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln

What You’ll Learn In This Episode

  • Failure and self-awareness

When you talk about adversity and handling failures, sometimes those are the only opportunities that you’re really going to have to be able to find out who you truly are.

  • How adversity reveals a lot of our character

High performers are able to identify and use adversity to their advantage when the average person doesn’t.

  • What his parents taught him about work and success

When you have everything, it’s hard to stay motivated. It’s very hard to stay hungry and to continue to set goals and find ways to better yourself.





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