546: Rennie Curran | Former NFL Player on Talent Vs. Skill


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Rennie Curran learned early on that you are just one relationship away from changing your entire life. Rennie is a former award-winning professional athlete, keynote speaker, author, entrepreneur, and the CEO of Game Changer Coaching.

His experiences of overcoming many obstacles to reach his dreams led to him becoming recently inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. Through values of faith, perseverance, and discipline Rennie was able to successfully become an entrepreneur by building his personal brand.

Let’s jump right into the conversation with one of the greats, on his views on talent versus skill when it comes to finding success.

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 - 04:48] Opening Segment

  • Sponsored ad
  • I introduce today’s guest Rennie Curran
  • CEO, entrepreneur, speaker, and coach
  • Former NFL player
  • Be sure to check out guestio.com and start booking
  • Rennie gives some background on his story
  • Moved to Atlanta as a kid
  • Parents from Liberia
  • Mom as a nurse, Dad as an entrepreneur
  • Going through his dad’s loss of business

[04:49 - 09:05] Focus on the Things You Can Control

  • Rennie talks about what his family had to go through
  • Dad went into a designer shoe repair
  • Living in the suburbs but pay-check to pay-check
  • Getting support from the community
  • Rennie shares his thoughts going into football
  • More than just football
  • The opportunity to do great things
  • Focus on what YOU can control

[09:06 - 16:07] The Difference Between Skill and Talent

  • Rennie shares his views
  • You can have all the talent, but be lacking necessary skills
  • Examples
  • Building skills with humility
  • Never get complacent
  • Rennie talks about seeing people not making it
  • Left behind by people who work on skill
  • To make it you need talent, to stay there you need skill
  • The importance of pushing yourself
  • How Rennie needed to push himself to make it
  • A word from our sponsor

[16:08 - 21:44] Transitioning from Your Highest Point

  • Rennie talks about his transition from the NFL
  • Redefining self-worth and success
  • Lessons learned from playing
  • Continuing to become the best person you can
  • The transition process
  • Finding books and starting the education process
  • Sitting down with business leaders
  • Creating your own opportunities

[21:45 - 34:03] Closing Segment

  • Who you know or what you know?
  • Only one relationship from my entire life changing
  • Attracting the right people
  • Rennie’s advice to building relationships
  • Just speak to people
  • Not just networking with titles
  • Rennie’s networking story
  • ThE RaNDoM RoUnD
  • How to reach out to Rennie
  • Links below
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“I went to my coach and he said, ‘Rennie, I want you to focus on what YOU can control,’ and that’s something I never forgot.” - Rennie Curran

“You can have all the talent and ability in the world… but if you don’t have the skill to diagnose a play, or recognize formations, and have the understanding and the knowledge, you’re just gonna be wasted potential.” - Rennie Curran

“I’m only one relationship away from my entire life changing.” - Rennie Curran

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Rennie on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Visit https://renniecurran.com/ to learn more.

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