Have you been told that you are not big enough, strong enough, or ready for the big leagues? Clay Clark introduces his good friend and NBA player Phil Pressey about how to overcome adversity when the world tells you that you are not good enough.
Phil, you were born on February 17th, 1991, which makes you 27 now, do you remember it?
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Welcome back to the thrive time show on your radio and business coach podcast download. My name is Clay Clark. I’m the former United States Small Business Administration entrepreneur of the year in both my partner and I, Dr Zellner. We are big fans of professional sports, professional athletes. Anybody who is performing at a high level in anybody who’s had to grind to get where they are. We’re big fans of work ethics and so today we’re interviewing the man, the myth, the legend Phil Pressey. Amanda’s played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics for a few years. Feel what other teams have you been a part of? The Philadelphia Seventy sixers. The warriors who has been on it.
I had a happy year with the Philadelphia seven, six ers. Have happier with the same side, a little bit with the Golden State Warriors and I currently finished in Barcelona, Spain. I’ve been a little bit of everywhere.
Now. You came to the planet on February 17th, 1991. Which makes you 27. Phil. Do you remember that moment over? You know, quite good with that. I got pictures from it. Well now I’m going to hop into the real questions here. So your dad play in the NBA for 11 seasons and he coached for 24, which means he’s one of the only people who’s in the NBA for 35 years. So you grew up in a home where your dad was on the box, the Spurs, the warriors, the magic, the Celtics, the Hornets playing with David Robinson. I mean, just big name folks. And he’s coaching Chris Paul. What was that like growing up in an NBA household? My man,
I mean growing up I really didn’t know that, how big of a deal it was, you know, I’ve kinda gotten used to it, but, you know, as I got older I understood, you know, the importance that, that had an effect it had on my life, uh, made this following in my dad’s place that, you know, he played, like you said, uh, he’s been an mba for a long time. So me just being around them, he showed me the way and it’s helped me get through my short. But, you know, hopefully longer a professional career.
How tall are you at last count? Do you ever think to yourself? How tall, how tall are you? How tall are you? How tall were you this morning?
Nice. Okay. Well, I’m not because I’m a uh, like an NBA basketball card. I’ll say you’re six to but fill your five, 11, 5:11. But at the age of uh, you know, you’re in high school. I mean, you were all state selection for basketball in the state of Texas. Um, you led your team to the Southwest Preparatory Conference State Championship in basketball, 2009 and 10. Um, what did it feel like to dominate the game of basketball at a high? I mean high school where you are. Were you five, nine as a senior? We have five. 10. When did you stop growing?
When I went to college, but it was a great experience in high school, you know, being a smaller guy, you know, in basketball, you to play with a chip on your shoulder. My whole life, I’ve been the smallest player on the court and people always tell me that I can do something or be too small, you know, I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder that’s gotten to the next level, so I’ve used that. As you know, it’s something to ignite their fire to pretty much keep me going.
Now I’m going to queue up a video here of you, which obviously it’s a radio podcast. It’ll be hard for you to see, but for the listeners who go to thrive time show.com and they click on the show notes for today’s podcast, they can see it, but this is you when you were five foot eight, five foot eight inches tall and you dunk on a guy who’s six foot eight and I’m going to play it for you. Do you remember this dunk when you’re wearing number 14, do you remember this? Dunk? This youtube. Legendary dunk?
Yeah, I remember like it was yesterday.
Okay. Dude, was it a bouncy floor? Were you on steroids? What happened?
Yeah, I think it was a little bit of both.
Mini tramp setup box, fried chicken. Okay. I’m going to cue it up, but I’m queuing up the video right now. I’m going to play it for the guys inside the studio.
Here comes down. It’s got the ball. Go sit down. Look at you. Look at the attitude for an angle. Different angles. Here we go. How’s that possible looked like? Silver about halfway up. This picked you back up again. Here you go. Here he goes. Oh, just second hand. Fridge. Seriously, seriously felt. Or did they have like cords attached to you and a guy back there?
Pulley system picking you up? I mean, that’d be something circus La. That was awesome. It’s crazy. About halfway up on that duck. It looked like you kind of paused. Went back up again. That’s what I looked like whenever I jumped to. Yeah. Like at rocket his shoes. I was getting a little bit nervous on the show because you know, there’s hundreds of thousands of people to download this thing, so it’s Kinda like broadcasting from the from the Michigan stadium for like the from maybe like the Alamo Dome or the Spurs play. I mean it’s kind of a little bit intimidating for a business coach. Then you get a guy with Phil’s gail on the show and then you watch a dunk like that. It’s just, it’s too. You’ve got to go. You’ve got to go to thrive time. Show them at the show notes and see that went to bed. Okay. What’s your favorite? The best part. Maybe when he just stands there and he just stares the guy down that just had warrior.
The Guy, his name is Tony. You mentioned he’s my good friend. Uh, we were in a hotel a before, before the game was like all the best players in Texas and we’re in a hotel the night before and everybody’s talking like a like, I’m not going to get done tomorrow. I hope I don’t get dumped on. And everybody’s saying I’m not going to get done. And the next day, the next day he was the first person I got areas by. Everybody didn’t want to get dunked on. And I was like, I’m putting up on somebody.
Okay, now here’s the deal. So you went on to play basketball in Missouri and you played with your brother. What was the experience like playing division one basketball with your older brother, Matt W on Missouri for two years. I mean, because you guys went up, did you guys not go undefeated on Missouri?
We lost a couple games but it was supposed to being undefeated, but it was a great experience, you know, in my brother in college, I had some ups and downs in college and having him there, you know, family kind of helped me get through the tough times of, you know, I’ve been a freshman in college. Uh, and then also my parents, you know, they had a opportunity to watch, you know, both of their sons play at high division one basketball. And I felt like that was the best decision for me and I think it was the best decision I made was going there and the University of Missouri with my brother now. Was there a close number two, you’re like your dad’s on the Monitor. I mean, there a close number two. What was, what was your number two choice?
Uh, I had my top five, so I had the University of Missouri, a Yukon, Ucla, Arizona, and Baylor.
Can I say this is my friends. Nobody out there. I’m half the listeners. Nobody’s ever heard of those schools, those division one. So I don’t understand what’s going on. Just kind of breaks my heart. Just skipped over the entire state. You’re from Texas, you skip over entire state and ended up in the show me state Missouri. That’s just. Well, Roger State was up and we didn’t make five dot five. Now Phil. Now here’s the deal.
So you, you, you play it Missouri at a very high level with your brother and on April 10th, 2013, if you remember that date, the date that will forever live in infamy, infamy, or, or maybe you like this date, I don’t know, but you decided to forgo your senior year of college to declare eligibility to the NBA draft. Do you remember doing that?
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Do you remember declaring your eligibility for the NBA draft? You remember when you decided to do that? Maybe where you were, what made you want to do that?
Oh yeah, it was after my, our last game, um, our last game in the tournament my junior year. I was in a hotel, uh, I was talking to my dad after the game and we had just lost to Colorado State and my dad, I was thinking of my dad, he was asking me what I want to do and I know like I want to pursue my senior year and you know, a child or not child but both professional. And he was like, he encouraged everything that my decision and they know that’s the dream, that’s the dream as ever since I was ever since I can remember and I just thought about it and that’s something that, you know, I’ve been dreaming since I was a little kid and that’s all I could think about, you know, achieving that goal and all the hard work that I’ve put in. And that was a decision that I made.
Z, I have a rude question for Phil and I got. I’ll do not. You can tell I’m in a bad cop and the bad guy. I happened to be a friend of Phil’s. I love Phil, but I have to have to ask one rude question because when they’re, you know, David Stern gets up there and he announced this and now with the first pick the such and such select so and so and the third pick in the eighth pick and, and you start going through the picks and you realize, oh, I did not get drafted. What were you feeling when you didn’t get drafted? What did that take us to that place? What did that feel like?
You know, I, I cried that night. It was a night that, you know, and kind of broke my heart because that’s like a dream that I wanted my whole life. But like I said earlier, you know why we’re talking and it kind of ignited, ignited the fire. They’d kind of playing with a chip on my business coach shoulder my whole life. So whenever somebody tells me I can’t do something or it doesn’t work out one, and I kind of used that as a stepping stone to get to where I want to get, you know, so I didn’t, you know, I, you know, I took 30 hour, whatever it was kind of like, you know, reflect on myself, but right after that I got right back into the gym and he started pushing, you know, to make an MPA.
Okay. So you, you allowed yourself hour to kind of get
over that and then you thought, okay, I’m going to have to, to take some action here. And that’s why. That’s why I love to have you on the show because every entrepreneur can relate to that. I mean if you’re an entrepreneur and you have a business, you probably, if you’re, if you’re a startup or you’re doing less than a million dollars a year of revenue, you’re probably getting rejected at least once an hour right now. I mean, and when you get rejected, I mean, that’s not the MBA, by the way. There’s not that many professional basketball leagues in America. Phil, I don’t know if you’re aware of that. This just ends, thrive nation. This justin, there’s only, how many jobs are there in the Mba? Every team carries like the, the, the thunder right now you’re at summer league for the thunder. How many roster spots are there available?
So I believe it is 15 or 16 on the album is done in the world and you know, every single year guys are coming in, guys are going out. So it’s Kinda, you know, every year you pretty much have to prove yourself now. Not for like that. That’s in every, you know, job, profession, you know, you really came to say, okay, I made this year, I can take a break. And now it’s Kinda like a, uh, pursue this journey, you know, you fall in love with the journey.
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Thrive nation. It’s all about expectations.
What are your expectations that you have for yourself? What are the expectations that your parents had for you? Are Your expectations potentially higher for yourself than the expectations your parents had for you? Uh, were you told as a kid that maybe you’re, you’re too small, you’re not smart enough, you don’t have what it takes, you don’t have the money needed to start that business. You. Have you ever been told that before? Well, if you have, you’re going to love today’s business coach interview. We’re interviewing Phil, pressing a guy who made it to the NBA and played for the Boston Celtics for multiple years and then for the Philadelphia Seventy sixers and then professionally in Barcelona and who’s now been asked to try out for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he’s currently right now at this very moment. He is in the NBA Summer League where he is attempting to earn a roster spot. And so we reached out to my good friend Phil Pressey, to ask him what it’s like trying to make an NBA team when everyone says, you’re too short, you’re too small, you don’t have what it takes. And if you’ve ever started a company, you can relate to this because it’s you against the world. Not many people get that, but if you’re no stranger to 5:00 AM, you’re going to love this interview today with the, uh, the NBA player and, uh, my good friend Phil Pressey trying out for the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA professional basketball team.
Well, speaking of the journey, I’m sure as a young boy you probably played one on one with your dad, professional nba basketball player all the time, right? Oh man, that just breaks out. I’m going to, I’m going to text him tonight. I’m gonna. I’m gonna. Call him tonight and tell him I’m going to give him a piece of my mind. But when, how, what age were you when you beat him for the first time? You got to remember that.
And he used to. His credit was two against one, but he would never really liked play as you know one on one, you know, by the time I got good enough to probably beat him, checked out. He’s a smart man. I’m not good. I’m going to tell you that right now. It’s a smart man. So when you didn’t get drafted, how do you, how do you go out there and get a job on the Celtics? What does that process? I mean, because I’m thinking to myself, I know the thrivers we’re thinking we’re thinking z.
If I wanted to play for the Celtics, I mean I’m 37, I’ve never, I look good in green. I can declare my eligibility z I could do. There’s a lot of thrivers out there and we believe we can. We can conceive it, we can achieve it mean shop. Let me check. How old are you, eric? How old are you right now? Thirty three. Yes. You can declare eligibility. Z can declare as ideal to yesterday. I could do it, but how do you, how’d you get on the Celtics? What was that process like?
It just took a lot of focus and distractions. You know, we live in a world, you know, like when there’s a lot of like self doubt, like whatever you’re doing, people are doubting you and you know, if you hear something enough you’re going to start to believe it. So I kind of eliminated all that and really focused in and, you know, sacrifice a lot, you know, a lot of my free time, you know, going out, hanging with friends and it really focused in on what I really wanted and you know, that’s, you know, that’s the way I did it. Ain’t no as of right now, I’m still doing it. So what’s your ongoing process?
Did your agent gets you a tryout with the, with, with the Celtics or did you just show up one day and say, I’m Brad Stevens. I’m still pressing here to get this job. I mean, how did you go? What was the, the literal steps she went? I think a lot of you are curious about the ins and outs of how professional sports works. How did you get a, a tryout or look?
So when guys come out of college, uh, you have, you started working out for teams, you know, every college player, you know, that current professional when they leave college, before the NBA draft, he work out for the teams that are interested in. Got It in a, in Boston. Boston was a team that was interested in me and now I worked out with them twice before the draft. They didn’t draft me, but literally right after the draft they called me and said, we want to, you know, we want to sign it. So you know, that was kind of like a blessing, you know, even though I was, you know, crying, you know, for our little leg right after that I got a call from Boston. I said, you know, we want you to come in, we’re going to sign you and the restroom there. You know, all good things happened.
Now I’m a huge fan of coaches and I would say this right now in basketball, I have huge respect for Popovich who I know that your father knows from having coached with the Spurs organization and then you have Brad Stevens who I’m a huge fan of as a business coach. Those are my two favorites right now is popovich and Stevens because Steven’s took butler, which for all the listeners out there who are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Butler university is the size of Oral Roberts University. And by the way, they’re competing with Indiana for top talent. That would be like oral Roberts University all of a sudden go into the final for multiple years in a row. I mean, it’s crazy. I mean, so Brad Stevens is a, is a great coach and he was your coach. What was it like to be coached by, by Brad, by the way? I’m not saying this in a negative way, but Brad looks younger than you.
You know, after like he’s a, he’s a good person. So whether it was basketball or football or soccer or attended or if he was in it, I feel like you can have a conversation with them regardless. And he’s a, you know, a standup at a good character guy, you know, you really don’t. So the players going into the Games and whatever you said you listened to and uh, you respect them and you know, I feel like him being that way is Kinda just led him to, you know, totally did. And all the. He’s helped me. He’s changed the way I think and the, I played basketball. He’s helped me out.
Now when you get inside an NBA locker room, you know, Z, all of us. Does He. Have you been in an NBA locker room this week? Have you been in a locker room for the MBA here? Let me think. Let me think. Let me think. Let me think this week. I know, I know. We both got kicked out one time when a streaking, but beyond that time have you been in again this week? I’m going back to the week. No, no. Have you been an NBA locker room? No. No, not recently. Or an MBA huddle. So walk us in the NBA Huddle. You know, a coach, Stevens, he’s coached in Boston, so I’m sure he sounds like a stereotypical Boston and he’s probably already assimilated the accent and he’s. Is he in the huddle going guys, here’s the deal. We’re going to freaking go in the pass the ball over and crushed him. Absolutely dominated or what does he. What kind of things does he say in the locker room a or you’re a bunch of pro guys and he’s like, guys, we got to score more points. The noise of the guys. I mean overall, I mean, what feel you got your brass knuckles still, you’ve got your brass knuckles you got, I mean, what are they? Are they, are they doing a lot of ra? Ra is a lot of motivational. What? What’s going on?
Steven? He’s never been, you know, he never got too high, too low. Like we, you know, he can show his emotions so he doesn’t mind it. Get the best of me. No, you know, that’s the thing about basketball, you know, a lot of it is physical, you know, being able to have been able to pass meaning with a jump, but you know, mostly game mentally and some of the head coach standpoint. You’re the leader of the team and if you don’t have your emotions right and have everything in check and then you know your team’s gonna follow behind you.
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my name is clay Clark. I’m the former United States Small Business Administration entrepreneur of the year and a father of five human kids, uh, between my partner Dr Robert Zellner and I, we’ve built a 14 multimillion dollar companies in that number tends to grow every year. And so if you’re looking to look at it, if you want to look up the companies to verify where real look up Dr Robert Zoellner and associates. Look up epic photos.com. Look up DJ connection. Com. Look up e I t r lounge.com, just look up the businesses, go to thrive time, show.com and you can verify that we are real people and uh, we teach success. We also like to interview successful people so that you can feed your mind positive information on a daily basis. And so on today’s show we’re interviewing a man by the name of Phil Pressey, Phil Pressey, p r e s s e y Phil Pressey at five foot 10.
He has made it into the NBA. He has played multiple seasons with the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia, the Philadelphia $76 and he’s also played in the Barcelona League, which is one step under the NBA. And he was called by the Oklahoma City thunder to try out for the Oklahoma City National Basketball Association professional, a basketball team. And he’s out there in the summer league right now in Las Vegas as we speak. And since he’s a good friend of mine, I wanted to call them up and ask him, you know, what’s it like trying out for an NBA team? What’s that grind like? And we’re talking right now about why it’s so important if you’re the head coach of your organization, the head coach of your team or the leader of your company, why you absolutely must prepare and lead the way. And so without any further ado, our exclusive interview with Phil Pressey of the NBA fame currently trying out for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Las Vegas NBA Summer League stay.
Dude Stevens took butler, which for all the listeners out there who are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Butler university is the size of Oral Roberts University. And by the way, they’re competing with Indiana for top talent. That would be like oral Roberts University all of a sudden go into the final four, a multiple years in a row. I mean, it’s crazy. I mean, so Brad Stevens is a, is a great coach and he was your coach. What was it like to be coached by? By Brad. And by the way, I’m not saying this in a negative business coach way, but Brad looks younger than you after. Like he’s a. he’s a good person. So whether there was basketball or football or soccer or attended or if he was a dentist, I feel like you can have a conversation with them regardless and he’s a, you know, a standards at a good character guy, you know, you really don’t. So the players going into the Games and whatever you said you listened to and you respect them and you know, I feel like him being that way is kind of just led him to, you know, totally did. And all the and he’s helped me. He’s changed the way I think and the way I played basketball. He’s helped me out.
Now when you get inside an NBA locker room, you know, Z, all of us, does he. Have you been an NBA locker room this week? Have you been in a locker room for the MBA here? Let me think. Let me think. Let me think. Let me think this week. I know, I know we both got out one time when a streaking, but beyond that time, have you been in again this week going back to
the week at an NBA locker room? No, no. Recently or an MBA huddle. So walk us in the NBA Huddle, you know, a coach, Stevens, he’s coaching in Boston so I’m sure he sounds like a stereotypical Boston and he’s probably already assimilated the accent. Is He, is he in the huddle going guys, here’s the deal. We’re going to freaking go into the pass the ball to hold a mic and crushed him. Absolutely dominated or what is he, what kind of things does he say in the locker room or you’re a bunch of pro guys. I mean he’s like guys, we got to score more points than the other guys. I mean overall, I mean, what feel you got your brass knuckles still? You’ve got your breast milk. I mean, what are they, are they, are they doing a lot of Ra ra? It’s a lot of motivational. What? What’s going on?
He’s never been, you know, he’d never get too high. Never get too low. Like we, you know, he can show his emotions so he doesn’t mind it. Get the best of me. No, you know, that’s the thing about basketball, you know, a lot of it is physical, you know, being able to shoot with being able to pass meaning with the jump, but you know, mostly game that mentor and in some of the head coach standpoint, you’re the leader of the team and if you don’t have your emotions right and have everything in check and then you know, your team’s gonna follow behind you.
What is something that you learned from Brad in terms of just the mindsets are what are, what is something, what’s a, a lesson, a principle that Brad Stevens, the head coach of the Celtics and those of you out there who don’t know a lot about basketball, don’t follow professional basketball. Brad Stevens right now is in the conversation consistently as being coach of the year or one of the top coaches. I mean he led a team this year that had a bunch of their top talent out, injured guys missing and to be very competitive, almost went to the NBA finals. I mean this is a legendary coach, one of the best coaches in college and now in the pros. What’s something that you learned from your time with coach Stevens,
Jesse, Jesse, his demeanor, his approach to the game he’s always prepared. And when your coach coaches prepared, you know, that gives you no option but to be prepared whenever you come on the court. So, you know, he kind of taught me to study the game more, you know, do your homework early. Uh, so whenever you come to the game it’s easy.
What kind of homework are you doing, Phil? What kind of homework are you doing? Is he assigning like, hey man, there were some Algebra equations, some quadratic. We kind of stuff are you doing for homework that can go from anything between, you know, watching film before the game, nights before the game, you know, stretching, I’m shooting, getting exercise, shooting free throws, you know, it just, you know, getting your, your mental and your physical body ready to play a game. You know, you just don’t step on the court and it just happened, you know, you do all the work before and then when you get on the court it is kind of just flows like water. So it just becomes easier that way.
Who was one of the more hilarious. I’m not asking you to get yourself in trouble where some guy’s going to try to dunk you or something. Okay. I’m just saying and, and, and a non. I’m not trying to be. This isn’t a passive aggressive question. I’m just saying you play with a lot of personality types. Can you share with us, because a lot of people out there, Dr c Dot, we’ve never been on the basketball court with coby Bryant. I mean Phil’s been on the court, you know, you’ve covered some of the top players of all time. Who is the most aggressive guy that you’ve had to guard or play against? Ricoh? That guy has got ice in his veins. That guy. I mean that guy. You talk about intense. That guy is intense and who’s surprisingly funny, who’s somebody that’s just in the locker room is funny. Maybe they say funny stuff on the court. They’re just to kind of a funny trash talker. They’re hilarious. I mean, who’s the most aggressive and who’s the funniest?
My second year with Michelle, who has to be first on the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers win. The problem is on there. He was, you know, on the, I saw some, you know, amazing thing watching him play and playing against them. It was, it was amazing. Um, and that kind of just shows that the level of talent there is an Mba, you know, you’re not just him, but you can go across the board. Uh, one of the funniest guys. Five, the SUV, uh, Gerald Wallace, that was my rookie year in Boston. He was pretty funny. He’s from Alabama. He had a lot. Yeah, he was, yeah. He had his comedy that he brought in every single day. It wasn’t like he was trying to be funny, but it was just this.
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time show on your radio. And if you’ve ever thought to yourself, I wonder, I wonder what it would be like to try to become a professional athlete or I wonder what it would be like to try out for a professional team or if you’ve ever thought to yourself, hey, you know, I wish I would have liked to play in the NBA, but I’m not even six feet tall. You are going to love today’s interview with a grinder and a true thriver, a man by the name of Phil Pressey. Phil Pressey played multiple seasons with the Boston Celtics and then went onto play with the Philadelphia 70 sixers and he played professionally in Barcelona, which is a one step underneath the NBA. And recently my good friend Phil Pressey got a call up from the Oklahoma City thunder and uh, they said they would like for him to try out for their team and to compete for a roster spot during this year’s summer league in Las Vegas, Nevada. So now, then he further ado my interview with NBA Player and aspiring member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Phil Pressey. Surprisingly funny. Who’s somebody that’s just in the locker room is funny. Maybe they say funny stuff on the court. They’re just kind of a funny trash-talker. They’re hilarious. I mean, who’s the most aggressive and who’s the funniest?
My second year with the first on the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers win. The problem is on there. He was, you know, I don’t know. I saw some, you know, amazing thing watching him play. I’m playing against them. It was, it was amazing. Um, and that Kinda just show, you know, the, the, the level of talent there is an MBA. Not just him, but you can go across the board. Uh, one of the funniest guys, bobby activity. Uh, Gerald Wallace, now’s my rookie year in Boston. He was pretty funny. He’s from Alabama. He had a lot. Yeah, he was, yeah. He had his comedy that he brought in every single day. It wasn’t like he was trying to be funny, but it was just this really would. So no Gerald Wallace, if those people don’t know Gerald Wallace was a rebounding machine, was he not earlier in his career. I mean, he was a rebounding. She made it.
He made a lot, a lot of money and rebound.
He made a rap money. Which leads me into my next question for you as we’ve talked about a rab money now, NBA salaries, um, and you, you, you played professionally last year in Barcelona. For people who don’t understand Barcelona, Barcelona League is the second best league in the world. If you’re thinking about objectively, would you not? Would you not agree with that? Filomene Barstow, the Barcelona League as the second best league in the world?
So talk to me about money in a wrap money and make an NBA money when you’re making money and I won’t ask you how much you’re making, but show me, were you shocked by how much of your check was taken out in taxes? I mean, because a lot of entrepreneurs, we coach, we had one client last month. I’m not kidding. A client in New Orleans I’ve worked with for a long, long time and they’re making, they’re making more money in a month. Most people are making in a year. And I think a lot of people get shocked when they see wow, I’m paying a lot of taxes. So not a political question. I’m just saying, were you blown away by how much you pay in taxes?
That was one of the things that, you know, I had to sit down in it. I’m asking my mom, my mom helps me with, you know, a lot of my taxes and I’m asking her like, wait, where’s this money going? Like, wait, wait, why am I, why am I paying taxes? Like why is she, she just sat down and told me like, believe me, you better pay these taxes, are you going to be in jail? So as she told over that I’ve been paying all those taxes without no type of hesitation.
The amount of the amount of money that you pay, it’s amazing. Like it’s happy to check half the money. You make
half that money. Now again, now we aren’t, we aren’t a free country and a free country. Uh, we gotta pay to support the fruit, you know, keep our country safe and keep it protected. And I know I don’t want it to listeners out there to think we’re complaining, but it literally is half your business coach check. I mean it’s, it’s on believable. So I want to ask you this now. I know you’re half of your check is, is missing when you’re in the NBA, but talk to us about your schedule. What will you miss half of your day is half your day filled with basketball? I mean, do you guys, is everything half know could have as much sleep? He has to wake up at noon today. Do you work all day? What’s a typical schedule look like for you when you’re playing in an NBA season? What time are you getting up? What time are you going to bed? Walk us through a typical game day.
A game day. So you probably usually wake up. Uh, I mean I usually wake up around 7:30 in China, you know, I started my day off, uh, you know, thanking, thanking God and, you know, looking over scripture, uh, I kinda like get a good stretching, you know, I got like a little routine that I do every single morning and that usually takes about an hour.
Tell us this routine. What are you doing? Your stretching or you? Well, you’re being grateful. Yeah. Anything else you’re doing there?
Uh, it’s, it’s yoga. I do yoga every morning. Really? Um, yeah, I do yoga and Kinda, you know, take some time to reflect and get my mind right, because if you get your mind right and when you start the morning, you know, it kind of starts your day off, you know, whether to, you know, if you have something bad that happened to you in the one that you’re going to probably have a bad day. So I try to start to start my morning off right every single morning. Um, and then depending on if you have practice around 11 or 12, we get breakfast and you go into practice, uh, that’s probably hour, hour and a half. You get out of practice, you go home, relax a little bit, and then you head back to the gym depending on what time the game is, copy of hour and a half, two hours before. And you start your preparation before the game. So it’s a whole day thing, you know, it’s kind of like a thing you have to be focused and you know, focused on whatever your goal is for the day. It doesn’t change whether the game day or not. I had the same type of, you know, dry
after a game. What time are you going to bed? Are you going to bed at like four in the morning? He watches cartoons and what are you doing? What time do you go to bed time? You go to bed
some sounds and stuff. Especially uh, you know, an Mba because you can be flying at, you know, 7:00 and get out of the game around 11 and then you fly to across the world and get into old sell around one or two and then you might not go to sleep until four.
So you, I mean you have the NBA schedule is a little bit, little bit crazy and I want to, I want to ask you now, now that you’re on the summer league team here, right now for the thunder you’re at, you’re in Las Vegas, a city that Dr Zoellner loves vegas. So where are they having you guys stay right now? Are they putting you in there in the business coach Ramada? Are you, are you staying out out, back behind the Shell gas station? I mean, we’re, we’re gonna. Have you stand?
Oh right, right now, but right now we’re in the fourth season.
Oh, that’s not a bad deal.
It’s a nice area.
So now are you, do you have a roommate? Do you have a roommate or did you stay there with a, with a chaperone that says go to bed, you guys? I mean, what, what, how does that look?
Hello? Hello? Say That again, clay?
Yeah, no problem. Do you guys have a um, like do you stay with roommates when you’re going into the summer league or do you have like a chaperone that runs around making sure everyone goes to bed on time or what’s going on?
Uh, so in college, you know, you have a roommate, but once you leave college, you know, that’s Kinda like the graduation where you kind of become a, you become a man. So once you go to the NBA, you don’t have roommates anymore. You don’t have a chaperone is Kinda your, your professional now. So they expect you to, you know, you don’t. They say she’d wake up on time, they expect you to show up, show up to work on time. They expect you to take care of your body, they expect you to do everything you know, that comes with being a professional. So that’s why they tell you all that money to take care of everything.
Yeah. Everything. John Kelly and our office has been watching your summer league game, just like a hawk. Just watching you and tell me the highlights and we’re watching highlights and you had a good game the other day. You had a good game the other day. What’s your mindset right now on this team? Because you’re, you’re, you’re going to make the team we know you’re going to make the team and then an, an, an, an, an an. And he’s going to make. He’s going to make the team going to be on the team here was. So what’s the mindset like as you head into making the team here? What’s going on and your mom? Ma, Ma, ma. I said,
I mean it’s, it’s not only making this under the whole. Every NBA team does in their range. So whenever I step on the court, you know, right now I’m trying, I’m going to make it back to the NBA, but the process is take every game like it’s my leg. So whenever I’m playing decent, it’s tenacious as possible, you know, I’m not going to leave nothing for doubt, you know, I’m going to go out there and put 100 percent on the court so I’m not going to leave the court saying, oh, I could have did this. I could’ve did that.
Better to go out there, you know, leave it all. There you go. And that’s what we preach. That’s. We tried to get all of the entrepreneurs that come through our program to have the mindset
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Imagine that you have a dominant high school career. When everybody says that you’re too small, and then imagine what it would be like to have an unbelievably dominant college career at Missouri where you dominate Division One basketball only to be told yet again, you’re not tall enough. Imagine what it would be like to then declare your eligibility for the National Basketball Association and into only discover that you weren’t drafted because you might not be, quote unquote, good enough to be drafted in the first round or the second round, one round of the NBA draft. Well, my friend. If you can relate to that idea of being rejected and having to really grind and work for everything you’ve ever earned, everything you’ve ever achieved in life, having to grind for it and fight for it, you are absolutely going to love today’s interview with a NBA player, Phil Pressey. Phil Pressey is, is a good friend of mine.
He played a multiple years with the Boston Celtics and then he played with the Philadelphia Seventy sixers before playing a year and the Barcelona league, which is absolutely, um, it’s, it’s the highest level of basketball you can play if you’re not in the NBA. It’s just one step underneath the NBA, and recently my friend got a call from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they asked him to try out for the team, so he’s actually playing an Oklahoma City thunders summer league based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he. During this interview, he talks about what it’s like to be in an NBA huddle, what it’s like to dominate high school basketball, what it feels like to not be drafted, and as we get back into the interview, he’s explained to us the mentality and that grind mentality that it just takes that grinder, that entrepreneurial, that work ethic that it takes to make it to the next level. Without any further ado, our interview with Mbas, Phil Pressey and thrive nation. If you’re out there, maybe we can form a prayer chain because I hope that he becomes the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After having a great summer league campaign out there in Las Vegas on the thunders summer league team.
Can you tell us, open up your brain a little bit for us, hope on your brain, open your brain up and share with all the entrepreneurs out there that are listening, that are saying, you know, I wish I had that drive, that dragon energy. I wish I had drag in energy, the energy that we’ll call it that. And where does that go back to? How did you get it? How did you, how do you harness it? Because you’ve said a few times I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, you know, I’ve taken the negative and turned it into a positive. I’ve taken that and I’ve used it for motivation. Where does that come from? And if someone’s out there listening, going black shirt, I sure wish I had that. What would you tell that person?
It takes practice, you know, practice cooking, you know, you practice math problems, you practice whatever it is you practice. It takes practice. And since I was young I, even though I didn’t know I was doing it, I was putting like quotes on my wall, you know, one of my favorite ones was Tim Dugan. It was good. Better, best never let it rest until your good is better than your best.
Yeah. And that’s. Yeah, I’ve had, it’s crazy. I had like a little board on my wall that I used to just cut out and print out a quotes and just put them on my wall and you know, that’s some of the things I like Kinda like do drove me in and I do it till day and I practice it every day. Like I said, when I wake up in the morning, you know, I have my little journal that I look at, you know, that I write it down and you know, I listen to motivational people like my Angelo. I listened that, you know how they speak and you know what drives, you know, that’s one thing you know, you can’t be afraid to deal with, you know, listen to listen and learn to other people, you know,
surrounded, surrounded yourself with people that have that business coach mindset and the fact that maybe not physically, but at least what they’re saying, what they’re doing, even wrote it down. You make. You were purposeful in that. That’s very step. Good. Step one, next step.
Yeah. Sometimes I just call some people I know like clay, you know, even though I don’t need nothing, clay clay doesn’t need anything for me. Just hearing his voice hearing is positive reinforcement, you know, that keeps you, keeps me going. So, you know, I, I just try to, you know, this practice, this practice, that mindset, you know, this practice I practice everyday. I write, I write it down. Uh, yeah, I didn’t notice it. I was doing it when I was younger, but it Kinda just, you know, just became Hawaiian in that, in that way it allows me to, you know, have their driving.
This is to go my way.
Sure. It’s my Phil Pressey commercial here for anybody out there. Phil Pressey is one of the most kind, generous, hardworking guys ever. And uh, he took the time to go up into my son’s room when you stayed with us, you know, you stayed with us and my son was still going to sleep in my room. And then after interacting with our family, he took the time to mail my wife a shirt and to mail me two pairs of shoes and to do things that you didn’t have to do, but you. This is a teaching moment for everybody out there. Anybody who’s at the top of their game is excessively nice. They have an aura of gratitude. So Sean Copeland, you’re partners with regent bank. Oh yeah. Whenever somebody deposits a decent amount of money in the bank or begins to deal with them, he always say every single time.
But he’s known for sending a handwritten note with the blue pen a thank you Phil Pressey didn’t have to be kind, generous guy. He is. He could say, you know, I’m going to meet a lot of people. I move on, but he. He builds relationships and when you build a relationship, it, it creates this relationship where now you have someone rowing in the boat with you and that’s a think so many people say they want to speed network. They want to get as many likes and friends on Linkedin and facebook and all these false acquaintances that can now troll through your photos on social media. But Phil wants to go deep. I mean, he’s going deep, like the deep end of the pool and building those business coach relationships. And so when you, uh, if you’re out there and you’re going, I don’t know who Phil Pressey is, I encourage you to Google search the guy and I don’t know if we need to start a prayer chain from coast to coast or at least from coast to the center of America, from coast to Vegas. But I’m telling you, man, you’re going to make that team because not only are you a great teammate, I’ve heard that said countless times, you’re a great teammate, but you know how to change the tempo of a game and you do give it your, all that, that defense man, I saw you got to, you got a couple of the other night. Your defense was locked down, baby. What’s going on? Are you on steroids? Ceville,
uh, something that nobody does, you know, find that, that niche, whatever you, whatever it is in life, whatever you can do to separate yourself from others, that’s what’s gonna make you make it, you know, come on now. You know, I find that drive, you know, so that’s, that’s my mindset, you know, decent. That’s what I’ve been trying to separate myself. And then once I get in that way, then I can start working on other parts of my game. But right now I know what’s going to separate me. And that’s what I want.
Now I’ve got a couple, uh, uh, just a couple more questions here for you. These are, these are some hard hitting questions hard. Try Not to let it rock your mind. Here we go. It’s just you and your life. If you could go back until your 18 year old self something, now that you’re the ripe old age of how old are you at last count. How old are you again?
27. Now the nine years in the past, if you go back and talk to your 18 year old self and say young Phil, young south, what, when you stopped dunking? I have to tell you some things. What would you tell your younger self right now? You Go, Gosh, I wish I would’ve known that.
Uh, what I would tell my younger self at 18 and probably just don’t know, maybe, uh, spend money. Spend money faster.
Yeah. I would say you’re doing the right thing. Just keep going. You know that the reinforcement, you know, keep doing what you’re doing and keep learning. No. Maybe a read more books. That’s one thing I would tell my 18 year old self was reading more because ever since I started reading more, you know, I’ve been learning more, you know, and that’s what, it’s all, that’s what it’s all really about. You might, you know, finish college or high school, but you never finished learning. So that’s why I probably would tell myself at 18 is the key read in one book.
So if you could recommend a few business coach books for the listeners, maybe you say, Hey, I recently read this book, or this is a book I’ve read, what are some of your favorite books? Because our listeners are voracious readers, they love to study the books that are recommended. So if you, me, if you recommend like a really crazy book, I want you to know you’re probably going to ruin somebody’s life here, Phil. So don’t recommend a book that you actually. Absolutely. Hey, what’s a real book where you go that book right there when that was, or a couple of your favorite books.
Uh, my favorite book is a wedding on leadership. This is a John Wooden. Everybody knows John. Is it the same as a basketball coach, college coach and he famous is,
uh, is uh, because of who he is or what, what, what do you bring in, you know, and what he teaches. So what an on leadership, uh, the four agreements. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of that book by dominant. Go. That’s a good one. Um,
the four agreements by Don Miguel. Yeah. Is he a communist?
Uh, uh, no,
I’m just asking, where did you find that book? Was it recommended to you?
Yeah, it was, it was recommended to me by friends. It just talks about, you know, you know, that’s the most important thing and being free with yourself. It’s a good book, a Barr Body mind mastery by Dan Millman. Uh, that’s a very good one. You know, it talks about the sports and now you know about the mental aspect of sports and how, you know, that is very, very important when it comes to sports or whatever it is. And Life is a mentor. How has that, how I’ve been saying this for the whole entire conversation, we would have it. Um, but that’s a couple of them have been reading. Have you read, have you read Trevor Noah’s book, born a crime born a crime?
Yeah. Trevor Noah. He’s a comedian and he talks about, he’s from Africa. It talks about, uh, his time there going up and halfway. Sweetie, do you know?
So let’s say we got the, we got born a crime body, mind mastery would non leadership and there was one more that you had shared their one more time.
The four agreements, the four agreements. Okay. The for putting these on the show notes here, a wise man has a lot of book recommendations. So we’re just getting all those. We’re putting all the links in the show notes so that listeners can find them and buy them on Amazon if they want to gobble those books. Now I have one final question for you and I’m sure as he has one for you to have all the characters you’ve met in the NBA who stands out to you alone as you say? That isn’t dude, I had no idea that that dude did that or that he was that way or you know, we’re using because you made a lot of characters and what happens is the NBA as a League of stars. So they promote the game by, you know, tomorrow night we’re going to have Lebron playing against such and such. We’re going to have the, uh, you know, we’re going to have a James Harden leading the thunder are really leading the rockets versus the Russell Westbrook and the thunder. There’s always a market, a market, the individual stars, but a lot of times you don’t get to know the player’s personality types. You just see them on the court. Who’s the guy that you met? You said to yourself that right there is probably the most memorable cat. The most memorable dude I’ve met in the NBA so far.
Steph curry, one of the most well known athletes in the world. Uh, you know, and just how humble he is, you know, if we’re the best player on the warriors, won the best friend in the world, you’d be that humble. It kind of trickled down to the rest of the day
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All right. Thrive nation. Welcome back to another exciting edition of the thrive time show on your radio and on today’s show, Chop. We’re interviewing an NBA baller who is five foot five foot 10 inches tall, five feet 10 inches tall. You can soar. How tall are you, chuck? I am like an eighth of an inch below six feet. I wanted to be six feet my whole life, but we’ll say 5:11. I’m six one. And at the peak of my jumping ability, I could dunk a guy’s basketball with a running start and just at a time, one floor, spring floors. I had to take steroids the month before, but I could do as George Castanza jumped man shoes. I know a couple where you could really, really have a lot of give or I could do a two hand, but that wasn’t like my. But this guy, Phil Pressey, I mean he’s five foot 10 and some of his dunks are crazy.
There’s the one on youtube of him in high school that is just insane. It’s on the show notes, the show notes, and he actually dominated high school basketball, but he was still not even six feet tall. He dominated college basketball, leading Missouri to a nearly undefeated a year. But, but he declared his eligibility for the NBA draft and was not drafted and most people probably would have quit, but he didn’t. He didn’t make it onto the celtics as an undrafted player. It’s awesome. Put It on the Celtics for multiple years. And he played on the Philadelphia Seventy sixers. Then last year played in the Barcelona League, which is one level under the NBA. I mean, these are guys who are still multimillion dollar athletes. The competition is intense, right? Isn’t Spain always the u? S as main competition? And I cannot fix it. There’s just an. I can’t really comment on whether Spain or Barcelona or these other people really challenge us in the game of basketball. But I can say, I can say that, uh, um, this is, he feels a very, very good basketball player and he has now been called and asked if he would like to try out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yeah. To be on their team. So he’s now currently in Las Vegas and he’s a friend of mine and he’s trump curly doing summer league.
And we asked if we could interrupt his busy NBA schedule to share us what, share with us, what life in the NBA looks like. And so we’ve talked a lot about diligence and work ethic and book recommendations. But now as we get back into the interview, we’re asking Phil about who is one of the most incredible personalities that he has met during his time in the NBA and why right now then any further due back to our interview with Phil Pressey, who’s the guy that you met, you said to yourself that right there is probably the most memorable cat. The most memorable dude I’ve met in the NBA so far.
One of the most well known athletes in the world, uh, you know, and just how humble he is, you know, if we’re the best player on the, on the warriors, won the best friends in the world, you’d be that humble. It kind of trickles down to the rest of the team so that, that made an business coach impression on me. Uh, he is, you know, modesty is and how he carries himself and his demeanor. Uh, you know, it, it’s, you know, it’s, it’s amazing to see because of, you know, who he is and what he’s done. So you know, anybody can win championships and mvps and, you know, it’d be cocky and you know, be and do a lot, but he, he finds a way to, you know, the humble himself and you know, speak to other people and you know, that’s amazing to see that. So he probably had the biggest impression on you.
Now this is a, the unsolicited tip for you. I know that Mr Currie’s very humble, but I think you should sign his autograph. I think you should sign your autograph for them. Signing autographs kind of a mean way to treat the most humble man in the world right there. So if you gave me before the next game you give an autograph ball because I know he wants it. He just doesn’t want to ask. You didn’t want to impose, you know, he’s the most humble man.
Yeah, I got it. I got it. He knows I don’t want to do too much. So.
Okay. So my question is when, because it’s when? When you’re on the thunder. Yes. This year, come on now and I drive down. I 44 from Tulsa, the approximately 100 miles to said stadium. We’re sitting court side
do a dribble, dribble, dribble, dribbled, dump, dump, dump, dump. And you stand there and you come running back to play defense. You run by us and give us a high or a low five. I don’t need a 10. I just need like a list. And when I get arrested for a streaking to celebrate, will you please build me a funny story real quick? A friend of mine did go to the first a New York Yankees stadium. Got this story and in right field, there’s a man, I’m sure you can find that on youtube check when we put on the show notes, it’s the first street or at the New York, New York cast off. You don’t want to hear this story and turn it off and there’s a Guy Phil who is a manager of an of his oven employee, so he’s not like the boss boss. He’s just a manager and he turns to his buddy and he says, hey, here’s the deal. The first time someone hits the ball, if you run out there nude, I’ll give you like a thousand bucks or something.
And my friend, my friend, I think, I think it was Jonathan Kelly that was at the game loft asked, but one of my friends was at the game and so this dude comes. He takes off all his clothes and he’s wearing just a coat. No, no. We don’t know. He, he could have argued with. It’s like, I’m not gonna do that. It’s like, did they go back and forth for awhile? Back and forth for awhile. So he convinces him. So as soon as they hit the ball, the crack of the bat, the ball goes into right field and he jumps over the right field wall, totally nude and start sprinting. And then once he gets about halfway to second base, I think he realizes where do you go? What is the exit, what’s the exit strategy whereby ready to. And people just tackled him. The umpires tackled my belief. The guy lost that job, spent considerable jail time, and now is listed in New York that’s listed as a sex crime. Definitely wasn’t worth it. So I’m just saying when I say that I’m going to streak to celebrate your Doug. That’s a committee that’s like a pretty big commitment. It’s more of a mental streaking. Let’s call it little streaming again, flush the thrive time. Show need you clay. Right? Okay. I’m sorry. I don’t know that we can record in a prison cell. I don’t. We did a lot of recordings from prison.
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All right. Thrive nation. Welcome back to the conversation. It is the thrive time show on your radio and on today’s show we are just now wrapping up an interview that we did earlier today with NBA basketball player Phil Pressey. He stands at five foot 10, five feet, 10 inches. He, this is a guy who was very dominant during high school and they said he’s too small. He went on to play in college at Missouri dominated. They said he’s too small. He declared his eligibility for the NBA draft and they said he’s too small, so now here he is in the NBA. He’s played two seasons with the Celtics, won with the Philadelphia Seventy sixers and he is now been asked by the Oklahoma City thunder to try up for their teams is currently playing in Las Vegas. Nevada, attempting to make the team, you think about the pressure of owning a small business, the pressure of knowing.
Either you make the sale or you don’t. Either you make payroll or you don’t. Either you succeed or you fail people to people telling you you can’t do it. You don’t have what it takes. Have you ever done this before? You’re too small. People tell you all the time as an entrepreneur, you can’t do it. You’re the first to do it. I don’t know if you can do it. What? What? What’s your backup plan? How are you going to put fill? Aren’t you scared? People say that all the time, right? All the time, but yet Phil Pressey has persevered and I would encourage all the listeners out there to go on NBA.com. Look up the summer league, fine. Phil Pressey. I’ll find them on facebook. Maybe give a word of encouragement, maybe send them a a tweet. Tell him how much you care about them. Tell you, don’t mind me.
You’re you’re cheering for because he represents. If there’s anybody who’s ever personified the entrepreneurial spirit, a guy who has become a great friend of mine and a guy who I can’t tell you how much I wish all of you could meet in person, maybe one of these days, we’ll have him come speak at a workshop, but it is a, he is a source of encouragement for so many. And if you’re out there and, and, uh, you’re, you’re saying, you know, Gosh, I feel like my back’s up against the wall and I don’t have a backup plan. This guy can absolutely relate to you. So now, then he further ado back to our interview with NBA player Phil Pressey.
So I’m just saying when I say that I’m going to streak to celebrate your dunk. That’s a committee that’s like a pretty big commitment. It’s more of a mental streaking. Let’s call it with winslow streaming flesh. I mean, the thrive time show need you clay. Right? Okay. I’m sorry, I can’t, I don’t know that we can record in a prison cell. I don’t did a lot of recordings from prison. So Phil, we appreciate you so much for the listeners that want to, uh, attend your summer camp. We have a lot of listeners in the Dallas area. If anybody wants to attend your business coach summer camp and be coached by you or they want to learn more about you, is there a, a website you direct them to? Do you want to out to people learn more about the Phil Pressey show
Want to every summer between June first week of June to the end of June to basketball camps. One phone third to eighth grade and one high school camp. Got It. You can go to the press, he can’t dot com. T R e s s e y c a m p s.com. And you’ll find enough information on there to get in contact with me or my coach who helps me out with the camp as well. So you know, if anybody wants to go to that website,
Phil, I’m excited for you. I’m going to congratulate you in advance. We’ll come back to the NBA, my friend. We are so excited for you. You got it baby. Go out there and
dominate. Feel alright man, have a great day. Okay.
Alright. See Ya.
Chipping sort of a weird twist of events. I feel like the thrive nation almost doesn’t want Phil Pressey to earn a roster spot because if he does make it to the thunder and make it as their backup point guard this year, you know that he is going to make a dunk and when he does make a duck, you know, I’ll be there. And when he is making the Duncan I am there, I think a lot of people are worried that I might go streaking mental visuals. So I think a lot of people are saying, I hope he doesn’t make it to the NBA. It was just, it was just sort of a, a figurative sort of. It was, it was A. I’m
not gonna, I’m just gonna mentally streak there. Phil Pressey, if he makes a dunk and an NBA game while playing for the funder, I liked that. I don’t want all the thrive nation out there pushing a per praying for him not to make the team a lot of blind people after that game that’ll now thrive nation. I’ll tell you what, what was the one thing I like to do is I like to celebrate wins and so we’re going to do during the final part of this segment as well as the next segment is brag on people out there just like you who have learned the proven systems but who’ve decided to not just be a a knower of the systems, but a doer of the systems, people who have decided to actually implement the proven systems and have gone on to produce massive winds for their family, for their company, and it has been an encouragement to so many people. So now with any further ado, we have a interview or a testimonial from a thriver just like you who’s having massive success with their business. My friends, my family. Welcome to the story of platinum pest and lawn. That’s platinum Peston lawn. They’re implementing the systems diligently. They’re changing the game and they’re reaping the rewards. It’s one thing to want to know the system, but it’s another to actually implement them. Stay too.
The number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411 percent over last year. We are jared and Jennifer Johnson, we own platinum pest and lawn and are located in Awasa, Oklahoma. And we have been working with thrive for business coaching for almost a year now.
Yeah. So, so what we want to do is you want to share some wins with you guys, uh, that, that we’ve had by working with thrive. First of all, um, we’re on the top page of Google now. Okay. Um, I just want to let you know what type of accomplishment this is. Our competition, Orkin Terminex, they’re both at one point $3,000,000,000 companies. They both have two to 3000 pages of content I’m attached to her website. So to basically go from virtually nonexistent on Google to up on the top page is really saying something, um, but let’s come by being diligent to the systems that the thrive has about bt by being consistent and diligent on, on doing a podcast and stay on top of those podcast, um, to really help with getting up on, on, uh, what they’re listening and a ranking there with google.
And also we’ve been trying to get google reviews, you know, asking our customers for reviews and now we’re the highest rated and most reviewed pessimism company in the Tulsa area and that’s really helped with our conversion rate. And the number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411 percent over last year.
Wait, say that again. How much are we at 411 percent. So 411 percent. Um, we’re up with, with our new customers are amazing, right? So not only do we have more customers calling in, we’re able to close those deals at a much higher rate than we were before. Right now our closing rate is about 85 percent. And that’s largely due to, uh, first of all, like our Google reviews that we’ve gotten. People really see that our customers are happy, but also we have a script that we follow. And so when customers call in, they get all the information that they need.
Oh, it makes me want to cry. Platinum pest and lawn, they’re implementing the systems. They’re changing the game in their industry.
Thank you. Platinum, Penn state too. And now broadcasting live from the box that rocks, it’s the thrive time business coach radio show, the mindset stuff, for instance, on the magic button. Then slap tax given it to the street in the backseat. Sure I can attach to back track so I could get up on the market street, the cash, making the Dash, the plaques, bringing it back into the tracks so I could get up on the market. Speak the facts.
All right. Thrive nation. Welcome back to the conversation and on today’s show we’ve had an opportunity, a rare opportunity to interview nba basketball player Phil Pressey. Eat The guy stands at the height of five foot 10, yet he has made it to the NBA despite being told he was too small in high school, too small when he put college in Missouri and in too small. He actually wasn’t drafted when he declared his eligibility for the NBA, but yet he played multiple business coach seasons with the Celtics deal with the 70 sixers. And now he’s on the Oklahoma City thunder competing yet again for a roster spot. You talk about diligence, you talk about grinding in the Bible. Proverbs 10, four states will put it on the show notes. I’d like to put this on the show notes, as many notes as we possibly can, but proverbs 10, four states, lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Diligence means the steady application of effort, and so now without any further ado, why don’t I? I’m going to play for you an audio clip from a thriver out there just like you. Somebody out there just like you who thought for themselves. I’m tired of being stuck. I don’t want to be stuck anymore. I want to move beyond just surviving. I want to grow my freaking business. I’m tired of just barely making it, and so they, they, they, they had the courage to do what? They booked a ticket to attend it in person. Thrive time show workshop. They came out to the workshop and unlike most people who not you. No, no, no, no. How do you, not you, not you personally, but unlike unlike you, like most people, not you, not you, but other people, the others who just want to learn systems and processes, they want to watch ted talks and read blogs.
These guys actually wanted to implement the system shop. Have you? Jared and Jennifer, two of the most awesome people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting to be honest with you and what makes them so spectacular, so awesome. They’re diligent and they follow up on what they say they’re going to do. So not only are they a client of ours, I’ve actually used their service. Oh, come on now. And they were on time. They were early. Actually. They text you to let you know when they’re going to be there. They text you a photo of the person that’s going to do the service at your house and then they get the job done. And guess what? There’s no more pests at my house. They’re just nice to meet. I’m still there. There’s no snakes by. You’re like, nope, nope. Get rid of my leg to let us know. Um, mosquitoes there in your, in your Mohito nope. Drink them down. No problem. There’s no, uh, there’s no beetles in your skittles. No. Yeah, do, we do have that? That’s a bit of an issue. But we’ll see what happens.
Point of a business. The point of a business is a business exists to serve the owner, right? And so these guys have embraced scripts, marketing processes, systems, calendars, so they’re able to gain time, freedom and financial freedom. So if you’re out there saying, listen, I’ve got a ton of financial freedom, but I have no time freedom. We can help you. That’s what we do, but we can’t help you if we don’t get a chance to know you. So the best thing I would recommend you do to put your toe in the water is schedule your opportunity schedule. Book a ticket to attend our next in person, thrive time, show to day, 15 hour interactive workshop. And to give you free tickets, all you have to do is subscribe to our podcast on itunes and leave us an objective review. And that’s how we got to know the at platinum pass rate. They actually just came out to a workshop and I think initially they were probably thinking lens, there’s probably a scam, but they came out to the workshop and to their credit they took notes. They sat up front, they went through the boom book, they executed the processes, the systems. They became a client and other business has grown by over 500 percent.
Yeah. You heard them. They’re booking percentages. What? Over 80 something percent, right? As they share their success or I want you to take notes, take notes. What are they doing that you’re not doing it because they’re not abnormal in any way other than they are the most diligent and hardworking people I have yet to work with. They are. They’re kind. They’re courteous. They remind me of. The Co was, oh yeah, they remind me of a full package media. They remind me of Dab with h two o oasis. They remind me of a lot of our clients are that kind of that grinder, that, that person who gets up before everybody else. Well, the world is still sleeping. They’re actually competing with these guys are hard workers and I’m telling you what, you are going to be blessed when you hear their story. Stay tuned. It’s the platinum pest story right here on the thrive time show on your radio and podcast download.
The number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411 percent over last year. We are jared and Jennifer Johnson. We own platinum Peston lawn and are located in Awasa, Oklahoma. And we have been working with thrive for business coaching for almost a now. Yeah. So,
so what we want to do is you want to share some wins with you guys, uh, that, that we’ve had by working with thrive. Um, first of all, um, we’re on the top page of Google now. Okay. Um, I just want to let you know what type of accomplishment this is. Our competition, Orkin Terminex, they’re both at one point $3,000,000,000 companies. They both have two to 3000 pages of content. I’m attached to her website. So to basically go from virtually nonexistent on Google to up on the top page is really saying something. Um, but let’s come by being diligent to the systems that the thrive has about being by being consistent and diligent on, on doing a podcast and stay on top of those podcasts, um, to really help with getting up on what they’re listening and raking there with Google. And also we’ve been trying to get google reviews, you know, asking our customers for reviews and now we’re the highest rated and most reviewed pest and lawn company in the Tulsa area and that’s really helped with our conversion rate and the number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411 percent over last year.
Wait, say that again. How much are we at 411 percent. So 411 percent. Um, we’re up with, with our new customers are amazing, right?
So not only do we have more customers calling in, we’re able to close those deals at a much higher rate than we were before. Right now our closing rate is about 85 percent. And that’s largely, uh, due to that, first of all, like our Google reviews that we’ve gotten. People really see that our customers are happy, but also we have a script that we follow and so when customers call in, they get all the information that they need. Uh, that script has been refined time and time again. It wasn’t a one and done deal. We, it was a system that we, that we followed with thrive and in the refining process and that has obviously, um, the 400, 11 percent shows that, that, that, that system works.
Yeah. So here’s a big one for you. So last week alone or booking percentage was 91 percent. We actually booked more deals and more new customers last year than we did the first five months. Or I’m sorry, the effort. We put more deals last week that we did the first five months of last year from before we worked with thrive. So again, we book more deals last week, then the first five months of last year. It’s incredible, but, but the reason why we have that success by implementing the systems that, that thrive has taught us and helped us out with some of those systems that we’ve implemented our group interviews that way we’ve really been able to, uh, come up with a really great team and we’ve created and implemented checklists and everything gets done and it gets done. Right? It creates accountability. We’re able to make sure that everything gets done properly, both out in the field and also in our office. Um, and also doing the podcast, like jared had mentioned that has really, really contributed to our success, but that, like I said, the diligence and consistency and doing those in that system has really, really been a big blessing in our lives. And also, um, you know, it’s really shown that we’ve gotten the success from following those systems. Yeah.
So before working with thrive, we’re basically stuck really no new growth, um, with our, with our business and we’re, we’re in a Rut and we didn’t know
the last three years our customer base and pretty much stayed the same. We weren’t drinking, but we weren’t really growing either.
Yeah. And so we didn’t, we didn’t really know where to go, what to do. I had to get out of this Rut that we’re in a but thrive helped us with that. And you know, they, they implemented those systems that they tossed those systems. They taught us the knowledge that we needed, um, in order to succeed. Now it’s been a business coach grind. Absolutely. It’s been a grind this last year. Um, but we’re, we’re, we’re getting those fruits from, from that hard work and the end of diligent effort that we’re able to put into it now. So again, we were in right, thrived, helped us get out of that Rut. Um, and, uh, and if you’re thinking about, I’m working with, right, quit thinking about and just do it, do the action and you’ll get the results. It will take hard work and discipline. Um, but, but, uh, but that’s what it’s going to take in order to, in order to succeed. So I would just want to give a big shout out to thrive. The big thank you out there to thrive, we wouldn’t be where we’re at, where we’re at now, um, without them
thrive nation. If you are out there today and you have a business and your business is growing, not at the rate that you needed to or not at the rate that you want it to, I would encourage you to bet on yourself, believe in yourself and take the first step. All you gotta do is go find the thrive time, show on itunes and just subscribe to the podcast and leave us an objective review. Step one, subscribing is free. Leaving us an objective review is free and shut. Emailing us proof. You did it to info at thrive time. Show.com is his three. It is. It’s free. That’s three things that are free as the three that are free. That’s right. Then you attend the workshop. I think it’s $27 for a workbook. That’s it. And learn the proven systems and if you need someone to help you implement the systems and somebody to help you with your graphic design, photography or videography, your search engine optimization, you’re coaching your accounting. We can help you with that. Oh, you can’t help you if we don’t get a chance to know you, so I encourage you to take action. You, my friend, are my passion. Thank you for platinum pests, for sharing your story, and without any further ado, we’d like to end the show with a boom. Three, two, one, boom.