Investing in Your Future Leadership Skills with Ryan Hawk

For Ryan Hawk, learning the importance of practice and patience came at an early age. When he was 14 and a freshman in high school, he never expected to play on his school’s varsity football team. He spent months training hard and learning from the best. When the first game of the year came around, he was put on the field and ultimately threw the game-winning touchdown pass. Looking back, he realized it was the work he’d put in ahead of time that led to this early success.

It was a lesson he took with him when he transitioned away from football after college and into the business world. He sought out mentors and learned from their example. Now, he’s a successful entrepreneur, author, and podcast host who has dedicated his life to sharing his love of learning with others. This week, he talks about the importance of a strong work ethic, investment in the people around you, and why time well spent in advance leads to good outcomes down the road.

Key Moments You Don’t Want to Miss:

  1. Critical Conversations When Ryan Hawk pursued learning and began recording his talks with leaders
  2. Leading by Example Why he wrote the book he wished he’d had about transitioning from player to coach
  3. Lessons from the Field How he put what he learned in football to work in the business world
  4. Modeling Values How his kids inspire him to live by his core values every day and be thoughtful, thankful, curious, and consistent

What You’ll Learn:

  • The importance of getting in the reps
  • Outwork your talent
  • Invest in others early
  • Think about transitions before they happen
  • Live your lessons


“My favorite leaders in the world — the ones who have impacted me the most — are the ones who are constantly striving to expand their zone of competency and have a deeper understanding of interesting topics.” -Ryan Hawk

“A good coach helps deconstruct the entire process, but learn it at a foundational level, and then teach it piece by piece.” -Ryan Hawk

“When you put in the work and you can actually see and feel the progress on game day, that then creates a bit of confidence and you want more and more and more of that.” -Ryan Hawk


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