Don Yaeger, Writing Your Best Life

Intentionality is a key component of a successful work method. It brings a project from concept to completion and can help you establish a disciplined process you can follow from start to finish.

That’s one of the takeaways from this week’s show with guest Don Yaeger. Yaeger previously worked for Sports Illustrated and is the author of more than 25 books, many of which are bestsellers. He shares stories from his own life and career and tips for developing a working method that can be tailored to meet your needs.

Being intentional about a process or the work you do means setting goals and sticking to them. To reach those goals, it can be important to find people who are already on the path and learn from them.

Yaeger says nobody gets to the peak of their career alone; it takes a support network and guidance along the way. It’s important to acknowledge that and encourage others to seek out help and mentorship, too.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Test work methods to find what is best for you
  • Define the process you need to follow
  • Practice discipline to meet goals
  • Find mentors to guide you as you learn
  • Set personal targets to meet along the way


“I sought out really talented people in the space I wanted to go and then went to watch and learn and be the rookie and acknowledge I was the rookie.” -Don Yaeger

“One of the things that I’ve learned over the years in speaking, especially in storytelling, is the importance of being present. Especially when you’re on that stage, you have to be present with the audience and be present with the story.” -Jake Thompson

“You have to hate losing more than loving winning.” -Don Yaeger

“The way you execute on this idea is you make an intellectual choice never to let excuses cross your lips. If something doesn’t go your way, you’re not there to blame the ball was wet, the referee had it in for me, the court was slick because, by the way, all those things exist for everybody else on the court, too. If you’ve got an excuse for failure, for something not going the way you intended it to go, and that becomes your way of dealing with loss, you’ll never own it.” -Don Yaeger

“You don’t go from the foundation to the peak without going through the importance of industriousness, hard work, enthusiasm, loyalty, and all the pieces you have to build to, all of which require you to be respectful and grateful for the people who helped you get to the peak. We don’t arrive at the peak alone. No one does.” -Don Yaeger



You can follow Don Yaeger on his website, and social media (Instagram @donyaeger and Twitter @DonYaeger ‏

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