The Bloom Living Podcast

Playing Full Out | Tyrone Smith - SE05 - EP13

December 13, 2020 Thomas DeSchutter / Tyrone Smith Season 5 Episode 13
The Bloom Living Podcast
Playing Full Out | Tyrone Smith - SE05 - EP13
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Tyrone Smith is a nationally recognized lecturer and motivational speaker. After he retired from playing in the National Football League (NFL), Tyrone dedicated his life to empowering youth and young adults.

He established First and Goal, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing programs and services to enhance academic, social, and moral development. Every life has a purpose and everyone has the opportunity to do greater good in the lives of others.  It is this belief that has driven Tyrone to implement successful youth development programs throughout the states of Texas and California, and also create the Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program. A program designed to provide youth with the confidence they need to succeed and graduate from college. 

Tyrone’s philosophy, which stresses educational prowess and proactive social behaviour, helps today’s youth and young adults become the leaders of tomorrow.

“The future depends on what you do today.  ~Ghandi~

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Thomas DeSchutter:

Hey, welcome to the show Thomas here it is season five and we are closing out the year with some power so much power that you might might notice that my audio track. Once we get into the conversation with Tyrone is a little bit pushed. I don't know what happened but I didn't read the meter correctly and my vocal track is really really hot and I apologize for that. But don't let that discourage you. You are going to love the conversation that Tyrone, and I get into today. Tyrone Smith played in the National Football League, and he played alongside Jerry Rice. We're going to talk to Tyrone today about what it takes to make it into the National Football League, we're going to talk about how you and I can take some of these key lessons that he's learned and implement them into our own lives, so that we can live to the best of our ability. And what I found fascinating is that Tyrone reminded me yet again, that it's not just what we do. It's who we surround ourselves with that makes the difference. That's right. When we want something when you and I want to get after it. We need to surround ourselves with people that will support us, that will encourage us, and that will let us know when we're not living up to our greatest standard. Here's his bio Tyrone Smith is a nationally recognized lecturer and motivational speaker after he retired for playing in the National Football League Tyrone dedicated his life to empowering youth and young adults. He established, first in gold Inc, a nonprofit organization focused on providing programs and services to enhance academic, social and moral development. Every life has a purpose, and everyone has the opportunity to do greater good in the lives of others. It is this belief that has driven Tyrone to implement successful youth development programs throughout the state of Texas and California. And also, it's encouraged him to create the journey beyond dreams, college experience program. This program is designed to provide youth with the confidence they need to succeed and graduate from college. Here we go. All right, Tyrone Smith. Thank you for joining me today on the Blum living podcast,

Tyrone Smith:

and thanks for having me man glad to be a part of.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, you know, there's so much when I go over the stuff you're doing the first goal the beyond dreams college experience. You know, of course, the fact that you played in the NFL is like a wow factor right there, you know, not a lot of people get to do that. Right. In doing all this stuff and I know we talked a little bit just before we jumped on on record here but in doing all of this. Where, where does this come from for you. Where does the desire to compete to go after something and finish, and then to be of service where does all that come from.

Tyrone Smith:

Man, you don't have like one of the like the most loaded questions ever right there's so many different answers to that particular question that you asked. All right, so I guess what I do, I'll actually start right here where it comes from. It comes from the fact that as a kid growing up I was picked on antagonize Billy, I wasn't expect to accomplish do or be anything in life. I'm a mom that finished Middle School. My dad in his high scheme. My oldest brother's been in and out of prison, my middle brother He was one of those kids that always succumb to peer pressure here does one have as a kid I was a youngest three boys. Won't attention but my brothers they got all the attention based on the behavior, and one of actually in the inner city of Houston grew up in Third Ward, it was in the community with drugs prostitution prostitution, environment, and so growing up in a situation in circumstances where I wouldn't expect it to do anything, but yet I had these goals dreams hopes and aspirations to accomplish many things in life. Man, I wouldn't expect to do anything, but I was driven and determined to accomplish many things. Right.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And, and what do you think the desire to finish, because you can't, you know, you don't make it to the NFL. You don't start foundations and have them up and running unless you have the ability to complete something to complete a task to see it to the end. What do you know what is that just inherent in you did you get that from your parents like where does that come from that desire to know I'm taking this to the end.

Tyrone Smith:

right the desire came from my mom and my dad you know here it is, although my mom and my dad on him finished school but they was always determined, you know, yes they had experiences in life by not finishing school, but they had this work ethic, they had to drive they had this determination that I heard it as well. And despite the fact that people told me I wouldn't accomplish do a B anything in life. I remember and I recall all those moments and times when they made great sacrifices. And I realized that in life is anything worth having. You got to put hard work, dedication drive and commitment in to make whatever it is you want in your life to become a reality. So, based on how determined and driven they were as individuals, outside of their field experiences were beings that shaped and molded me to be who I am today,

Thomas DeSchutter:

your mindset plays into all of this, how much of how much of that is to you to give credit to

Tyrone Smith:

um is about mindset, because I think it boils down to. When you think about what it is that you actually may want in life, and you think about your current status situation circumstances, either going to like move even be stuck on stuff that was gonna move you from being honest like I think it's about a mindset it's about having a different perspective and outlook to believe and know that you can accomplish something. Despite what others say feel or think about you as a person. And that's that was something I actually took on as an individual because remember I mean I'm coming from a place of this thing. And although people didn't see me accomplish and achieve and many things in life. I had to change my mindset and I think if you think about like being mindful and all that you can and desire to do is about believing first and foremost, but outside of that you got to put a plan in place to make that that those dreams, those goals no host become a reality but it starts with a mindset.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Right. And so with that, you know, did you did you have to, I don't I'm not really sure how it works in the US in terms of, you know, getting to college and, you know, playing football Did you get a scholarship. You know how much did you have to focus on school, you know, how was that difficult for you to put that much attention on school or was it something that you were like I'm gonna do this because there's a means to an end.

Tyrone Smith:

Right. This way it was. Along the way in regards to my dream I like they were people who helped me out right now. Yes, I went to college and play college football professional football but I wasn't even expected to go to college, Thomas I want to go to college, nobody in my family had ever went to college. So college wasn't a part of the big picture plan. I was planning to go to the military for you, and you think about the game of football, my own mother didn't even want me to play the game of football. My friends told my son play the game of football and if I Tyrone's too small, just kidding you got a big hit and cry all the time but I will not do for you. We will have a real true story, and even my own mother, my own mother didn't want me to play football. My mother said, if you want to play football. Yet, raise your own money. So in that fifth grade someone in fifth grade wants phase two, this is great I had to raise more money to play but it was a raise kids I raised, $60, I started Tyrone cookie your business, I charged you for $5 got the front of the bag $2 this week. So I raised enough money to play but to win the race games. I really find it. Clever wins race games, I had no position. I had no idea about what position I want to play the cosia Tyrone what position. Do you want to play like coach, I don't know, I just want to hit somebody, so they put me off as a lie because they saw you guarantee hit somebody every play. So he just played for the woods race games man I'm excited we only won one football game we were one and nine, and we only won that one football game because the other team didn't show up, but it was still a win. We had a part in everything. That was your first season. There was my first season playing Lily football, going to the seventh grade play on the B team, a great team and great beating sophomore year, my sophomore team my junior year I played on the junior varsity team, I didn't play Boston into my senior year in high school I was a one year store, but I play so well my senior year man I was blessed unfortunately I had either division one offers Baylor or house a temple TCU rice u and v universe Hawaii. All these schools, all because I play so well in the field. But the thing about it is along the way my dream. I had to work. Nothing came easy. That was given. But I realized that I was a student before I was naturally bright student first. I have failed further. I've had my first day of experience in seventh grade YPO is being a last math class. I feel this big last math class, and. And back then they had to be autonomous car House Bill 72 passed by the by the state of Texas House Bill 72 House Bill 72 is no pass no play. If you don't pass academic classes academically. Alright, right. Let's see oboe, you can't play for six weeks so house was saying the tool passed by the governor state of Texas. I was sacked by game playing football, I was hurt. I was broken. My dad said how do you feel, because I love the game of football. I was, I was, I was upset he's like Tyrone. If you're hurt. If you're in pain. Remember this, even if you don't want to either like don't feel again. Okay, life lesson teachable moment, I take that and that was the last time actually failed a class, but here it is, my father who didn't finish high school, who would tell me, right, I'll quit and never wins in a winner never quits. But yeah you quit High School, but based on history and experiences he has something to give me so I wouldn't do likewise, I mean so may you know a long way man there was a lot that I had to overcome to be where I am and I'm grateful and thankful for all the opportunities, but it's a work and dedication and by just doing things the right away. Now that I was perfect, but doing things the right way and listening and being coachable. Right.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Being coachable I want to touch on that and I think, you know, thank goodness for Mrs Bigelow. Yeah. Miss Mayo for failing you right like that was a gift, right,

Unknown:

bro. Keep an eye on me.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, but back then it doesn't feel like a gift but it in hindsight, the fact that you remember her name and the experience that's that's a gift that you've been able to carry in life with you.

Tyrone Smith:

Yeah, but let me preface it she didn't feel the appeal myself. Right, right. She didn't feel myself, and when we're talking about years later we end up working together with the program I have with first and going.

Unknown:

Seriously.

Tyrone Smith:

Yes.

Thomas DeSchutter:

That's awesome. So let's talk about coaching because, obviously, to play at the level you played that you have coaches and it always surprises me when I talk to people that you know I don't need a coach or you know blah blah blah whatever it is a coach or a coaching business a coach in life, whatever that looks like they don't need, they don't need a coach they know it all. And yet the best of the best in the world at, especially at athleticism. Always have coaches. What are some of the favorite moments you've had like teaching moments you've had from coaches or what is it that you took from your coaches that you would take on the field as it sounds like to sometimes they get just get you angry, like how does it, how does it work at that level.

Tyrone Smith:

Man, I tell you I can say this, um, as I started playing the game of football I'm 12 years old and there was certain things I took from certain coaches along the way. In my athletic journey. And I remember my first coach that I connected with was my eighth grade coach David Bradley right he's my, he's my editorial coach. He's my track coach and my trackers and football coach Matter of fact, I just talked him this morning we talked at least like twice a month. And I connected with him as a 13 year old, and he saw something to me I need to see in myself. He saw that I was willing, he saw that I was determined, he saw that I had work ethic, but he saw that I was like very rough around the edges, and he was willing to actually like work with me and mold me and support me as a young man and here it is. I'm an eighth grader like an ethical Branly. And my mom and my dad were working multiple jobs, and I would be around him all the time he's my track coach, and I saw I love this game the height curve was during the height of his fame how he was respectful man I was like man I won't they're not my dad and give to me but yet here. I'm seeing somebody else who's doing it in a beautiful way, who's doing it in a loving way, not that my dad wasn't loving But this man, you know it is with teachers and coaches you spend more time with him during the school year than you spend with your parents when you really think about it. And so he really knows, he saw something in me, he encouraged me he and he motivated me He inspired me to do better than be there. And so when I think about like coaches, because then his brother the first person that comes to my mind because he showed me and help me how to be a man living life and doing it the right way, but yet at the same time you can give your all and be successful. And so nothing about coaching over the gate and he's the first person I think about because when I was in college. He trained me in the offseason when I was NFL he was my personal trainer and then if you have a seat. Because I ran track and I played football swap cross train so I tried workouts in the morning football workouts in the evening, but he always trained me and prepare me mentally to be strong he always told me Tyrone Woods, you got to understand you got to be mentally strong. He's awkward I'm going to try and get work you so hard it's going to carry on with everything that you do in your life beyond the beyond the football field so the way that he shaped and molded me in regards to who I am, I created him for that. Because at a young age, he, he let me know and help me understand what it meant to be discipline, and what it meant to be committed and what it means, what it means to actually work for something in life. And so, at a young age I saw that, and I received and I was willing to just continue to make it happen to be a part of everything that I did. Right.

Thomas DeSchutter:

How important was that that noticing by him, like how important was it in you when that person took an interest in you and said I see something in you.

Tyrone Smith:

The reason why it was so key because as a kid I was picked on antagonized and bully was when I grew up in the inner city of Houston, there was a lot going on, so I moved to the suburbs of Houston. And that's not connected cars brand a couple of years later because as a kid when I made that transition, people told me I wasn't smart enough I wasn't good enough that I wouldn't achieve anything I wouldn't do anything. I was a ghetto key so I had all these things coming against me based on what others say. And so, I had my fifth grade teacher, Why didn't say this better the Williams who really inspired me and then I read cause brandy, like three years later and he told me say no, so you have value. You have purpose and you have attention. I need you believe that and now here it is. I was going to live that as a person. And so for him to tell me that if for him to say to as an adult, and here to accomplish things in his life. I'm like okay, maybe I do have something to offer the world. And I think that was like one of the, one of the movements in my life that helped me do and be who I am today.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Right. Right. You know what I'm telling what I really like what's really hitting me right here as we talk is just the idea that the rule I mean you've mentioned of, you know, certainly you mentioned your parents and and and such but a lot of people you've talked about as potential role models or potential influence. You've mentioned three like grade school teachers, right, and how important their influence has been in your life.

Tyrone Smith:

Yes, and.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And so, if I were to, you know, move that into like first and goal or journey beyond dreams college experience. That is that where that comes from. Do you think like the impact from those people is What had you have the idea like I need to. I need to get people in school, to have the same kind of influence.

Tyrone Smith:

Right. So basically, there were so many people that gave it supported me in my journey that they have a break or to them. And so with the work that I do and we have dealt with First of all, He is a byproduct of those people in the course of my life. I mean I can go down, I mean this content is brand new in the 10th grade is Patricia l'amour she took me in there, my dad, my mom and dad, my mom and dad got divorced in eighth grade so my dad my dad's truck driver dad job, were homeless was the place to place. My friend smokey mark at the baseball, my neighborhood, which is a random or super secret the baseball Tom's, so I'm hanging out there all the time, right, because

Unknown:

the Hangout,

Tyrone Smith:

the place to hang out so I shared with her what was going on. Could you imagine Thomas, my father came to pick me up in the friend's car that he bought. And when he came to pick me up. I told her when her what was going on, she walked up to my dad she was like, Tyrone told me what's going on. Seems like watching the title come stay with me. But here it is Mama was single, with two jobs, and three kids. And she wants to take me by Tyrone told me that you guys are moving, moving around you have no place to stay, let us stay with me, I stay with this one for two years. She took me over two years. I wasn't on insurance, until I finished college. I mean there were people man who paved the way man for me to be where I am today so it's my duty to give back, sort of, you think about first and go he can the work that we do is based on how people have supported me in my own personal journey so it's my duty to give back because Givens received a turn inside out all day long. He said again, giving is received in turn inside out all day long. Right. So I got to give because people gave on to me and I received what they gave on to me so it's my duty to give back. So it's my duty to help those young people who feel disenfranchised who feel less than, who don't, who feel hopeless. I mean because I was once a young man that was like hope as I was once a young man who didn't have a lot of confidence, or a lot of belief in himself, so I think it's my duty. But me and my team and many countless others around the world to do this type of work. And that's why I do it. Well,

Thomas DeSchutter:

thank you, thank you for doing the work.

Tyrone Smith:

Man grateful me.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, that's the, you know, along that line, what's the toughest thing you see like when you like what what is it that you'll see that'll just kind of shake you out.

Tyrone Smith:

Um, I think you know we've been doing work with, with students and kids in the foster care system which are Protective Service. And you see some, some sad situations. Right. I mean, there, there are so many situations. Okay, for instance, there was one time we had to work with a group of stores in particular school district, and I had a young lady that was working with us and was more than trained and I want her to go in and kind of see this what we do now he's not going to be excited to be curious I want to be. We work with all types of silver first and go but I took it to a situation that was pretty like an adverse environment where these kids were removed from their home schools because of their, the average behavior. And so we go in the classroom. And this young man, he comes in and Thomas one more and he's just going off. I'm just kind of sitting there. Welcome to hear about How y'all doing, and they come in and sit down and so she's observing. He did go out of town with him, you know, I'm talking to everybody he's kind of doing this things like, I think it'd be okay just, just relax. He's going on. As she was like, Toronto and believe that kid will come to school when I say all these obscene words and use this type of vulgar language. I think what you got to understand. Y'all know what this night was like. Y'all know what High School was for him when he went home. So fast forward in the session. Thomas we talk about getting beyond your current state, getting beyond the things that are holding you back from being the best version of yourself. And so we got to him, I asked him last because he needs to be kind of he needed to settle down. And I see it all. So maybe you think about moving forward not settling for less and becoming a bit of a better version of yourself What is it going to take. He said, it's going to take me to be responsible young man to be a responsible adult. I say really why you say that he's a reason why I have to say because the reason why I was so upset. Is it I found out the guy who I thought was my dad isn't my dad. In the guy who I thought was my dad is my dad. He passed, and I thought he was my dad, my grandmother told me he wasn't my dad and my mother been moving this day with all these different man. Is she left me to go stay with another man, I feel less than as a person. So he's coming in because of his current state, and circumstances, and the situation. And it's not his fault he was born to the situation. It's not his fault. But yet. I'm sitting up here thinking he has an opportunity to change the narrative. And so we go into situations like that man it really inspires and motivate me man to work with these kids despite their circumstances, and despite their situations to know that there is hope in the hopeless situation. If they're willing to listen and be coachable, but to get into their point where he listen to you to be coachable you got to pretty much get them upon yourself. And what I tend to do is pretty much let young people know about the things I had to deal with overcome and do to get to where I am. It wasn't easy. There were trials or circumstances or situation that I had overcome but once. Me and the team tend to get the young people thought about life in regards to I experienced and they see that there's a genuine this, then they opened up and they're willing to listen to me they're coachable young person that you could change their minds and their perspective because the thing about it is all behaviors learn behavior so you think about all behaviors learned behaviors Thomas all behaviors are those mindsets that they actually have based on what they've been exposed to. It's all about changing their mind. Right. Yeah.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Right. And they're just seeing the world the way they've developed in you know their view of the world I think is is real, but it's a version of the world that they're seeing because of whatever they've had to cope with

Tyrone Smith:

exactly what the cold was so you think about you talking about God on dreams. When we initiate the journey beyond race program. In 2003 we took 125 kids to Baylor, I went to bed, we took 125 kids from our local inner city schools, and these kids had never left Houston. They were all first generation college students. They had never left the block, and never left the hood. And so we took them to Baylor. It gave them a realization that they could actually see themselves going to a college campus. It changed our marriage or regards to what they failed how they thought about themselves. And so that's part of the reason why we do the work man because you know you have so many people who are born in situations man where they're not at the starting line, they're way behind the starting line but that's okay, you know, and I think the things we go through make us stronger in the long run. Mm hmm.

Thomas DeSchutter:

yeah you know it's the imagery I had when you, when you talked about the kids going to Baylor it's, it's, you know, maybe in that moment is the first time that they can see themselves in that pursuit. Right, because like, if you can't see yourself doing something. You know, we it's not going to happen like you need to be able to see that and I'm curious, you know, as I say that and just thinking about this like how was that for you around getting to the National Football League was that something you saw as a definite, this is what I'm doing and relentless pursuit, or whether it's a lot of times where it's like, I don't know if I'm gonna make it.

Tyrone Smith:

I probably will say, I saw it as it was in this pursuit. Because, cuz Bradley, he like he like trained me in like molded me into this athlete to just believed I can do anything right I wasn't a superstar I wasn't a bad kid or a big kid or this boss was key ideas. I was just determined. You follow me. And so when I play like my senior year. As the only like melon returning starter I place are like all over the fields like Baba Hussain and waterboy, I was like all over the field, I wouldn't be a body man you I mean,

Unknown:

that's great.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Thank you for that reference.

Tyrone Smith:

I would like Babu say you live to play another day so man. I'm all over the field man, I will tell my mom she has to she has to show the path as well. If you do so, I'm playing like just out of my mind. I get to college. I'm like, Okay, I'm a little nervous but I can do this but I still had this drive and determination. And then I met my mentor met one of my mentors was African but he was a former NFL player that played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round draft pick they went to Baylor, and I will meet with him on once a week for 45 minutes at Baylor. And I was telling him about how apprehensive I was about college and being fearful but yet I love playing football, I mean nobody ever came up and that was the cause of this is for me at the college is being appeared on no if I tell you here you can make it. I'm gonna support you and walk alongside with you. So, I had that additional support. So I always had the back of my mind that I want to make to the NFL. And I had a coat. My name is Bobby cold. And he told me and Bailey said Tyrone. If you listen to what I say, if you remain coachable. Trust me, you're playing the NFL. That's a, that's a lofty statement. He said you listen to what I say you're playing the NFL but it goes back to he saw something he hadn't seen myself now I had a desire to play an interview, he said, but you're coachable you're willing willing you're determined and you work hard, and so I believed in. And there was that's how I approached the game I approached the game as if it was my last game. I approach practice, like it was a game. And so I want to leave it all on the field. And I think it really boils down to what Vince Lombardi said he said when it isn't everything is the only thing. Have you ever heard that quote before. Yeah, but I watched a documentary, and his brother said he wish he wouldn't say everything quote, but but he said people took it out of context, his brother stated that he said that, Vince Lombardi said, winning isn't everything but the only thing he said but but he would he would add his own, but if you give your own. It's okay if you leave it on the field, if you leave it on the boardroom, if you leave off the workplace and give you all, it's okay. His brothers say he was attracted how he said it based on how people took it. And so we always game are all based on what coast to coast. He's also on the mean. If I listened to what he had to say, Man, that was my pursuit. When it came to the game of football at the end to be an undrafted free agent. He played the San Fran 49 this man was a blessing. I mean truly of this play with an arm and amazing organization. I met that guy playing the plate before he knows I play with me to back up by five guys that are in the Hall of Fame. Jerry Rice Steve Young Chris dome and trail orange and I will work it together. Right, Dana Stubblefield Merton Hey Tim McDonald, Gary Plummer, I mean just to play with these guys man. It was just Jerry Rice, Jerry Rice. Yeah, goat. The original goat. Yummy. Tom brings a new goat. Yummy. Dear rice is the original goal really is to play with Jerry Rice man it was, it was bad. Jerry Rice story Tom with Jerry Rice, always worked hard right but we would have meetings man like about 730 every morning. Right. 730 every morning at the facility before I get the facility about like 645, Jerry Rice will already be at the facility working out running on the treadmill. He stayed about 45 minutes away. So if I did that at 645. He stayed about 45 minutes away. He had to get up at least between 430 and five o'clock to get there at the facility. Unbelievable work ethic man, Jerry Rice. Unbelievable Thomas. Unbelievable, he would take a five yard pass and run to the other end zone, when loading the fit he was bred for speed. Enjoy back to the hood. He won a basic route, then run to the other end zone for speed and he scored a touchdown he's mimicking. He's visualizing himself in the game while in practice. I thought I worked hard, this guy worked on a whole nother level. I'm like man no levels to this.

Thomas DeSchutter:

That's really that's that's so cool. There's so much I'd love to talk I did have a question I was curious. Did you ever have, you know, a game or a series of practices or maybe a couple of games just a time when you, when you didn't leave it on the field and you got off the field and you knew it, like, did you have those moments where you could look and just go you know, I got it. I'm not doing it I'm not delivering it right now.

Unknown:

I can't say,

Tyrone Smith:

because I think because of my journey, everything I had to overcome. Early on, you know, being is one and I really be team in seventh grade. So I was always willing to like work, and that's one thing that goes Brandon instilled in me. Always give your all my man Thomas my senior year in high school. We lost we lost our football game in the first round of playoffs, and all the guys on our team were crying and emotional, I wasn't crying emotional because I knew I gave him all in my head football coach he walked by and said how long you gonna play again. I'm like, What do you mean coach, because I plan on going to the military, I didn't, I didn't think how it was for me nobody my family but with a college we was talking about college. My head football coach in high school said Tara you'd be heavily recruited, I had no idea, Thomas I had no idea how they're recruited by all these division one schools, and he didn't tell me during the season because he didn't know how to handle all of that being hidden and recruited i mean i think i'm glad he didn't tell me no, I'm ready until right

Thomas DeSchutter:

lose sight of what you're after.

Tyrone Smith:

Right, right. So he didn't tell me So, um, and I knew that last game I gave him all he would eat when he said he will play again. I like has that he told me why. Because I knew, I always make it over for you.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Wow, that's great. I want to get to the visualization So, so how I you know how important has that, you know, did you adapt that did you adapt visualization into your into your routines and so, you know, maybe what does that look like first of all for you would you would you visualize the plays or the way the game would unfold and how important was that so two questions. One is like how did you you know what was the process for it, and then how you know rate the importance of it in terms of success.

Tyrone Smith:

Mapping gives a lot of visualization is important, because here it is, we will put, we will put together like a game plan right we put together the game plan based on a gang can a game plan was actually said to the fan specific coverages, or formations. So we got the game plan to defend certain coverages or formations that we will go out and we will practice against the certain coverages and formations and plays in so what I will do, I will, I will visualize how I will react in the particular coverage or position I was in based on a certain place. I will literally visualize this every game High School. Every game. Every everything that we were preparing to do in the game, middle school, high school on us our high school, college and the NFL are always practice that. And so when I got to the gang. In, it would all be second nature. I will be I'll be proactive, not reactive. I'll be proactive because I've already visualized I've already executed in my mind, what I should do and what I needed to do. So I was already ahead of all the other athletes I failed because I would plan, receive the plan, visualize the different things that I needed to do in dmo most things came about I was ready to execute. And I think visual visualization, I think is key man and anything man that you desire to do in life. Right.

Unknown:

So you speak publicly now right

Tyrone Smith:

yes yes I see publicly as well,

Thomas DeSchutter:

right and so do you visualize yourself on stage and how that looks. And,

Tyrone Smith:

yeah, I actually visualize myself on stage I goes to a routine where I get excited like like I'm about to go out like go out for a wrestling match like I'm like about the grind and be at the Wayne The Rock Johnson or something I go out with somebody in the game I actually get this. I get this sense of excitement. You and me have really given a sense of excitement man but because you know I truly believe that, um, words, words have power. Words can change people life, I mean I've seen how words have actually changed people like not not just my life but tell the story about my life, and the journey of journey of my life in the power behind trusting believing and knowing based on words. I mean, and that's why I get so excited. Tell the story. Right,

Thomas DeSchutter:

so that's a great another great point to bring up and something I'm, I'm very passionate about so you know how important is it for you to watch your own dialogue.

Tyrone Smith:

Yeah, I think it's important just to just to note more so kind of critique yourself, because I believe that we have to always be coachable man, I believe, once you get to the point that you feel that you're not coachable and you don't need to critique yourself in regards to the work that you do. I think you're settling for less I think you're becoming complacent. And I don't want to be complacent. Right. Right. And so,

Thomas DeSchutter:

I have a I have a diverse group of men that I hang out with we meet, we meet once a week. And we have this thing called dirty words. And so, you know, things like I can't, you know it's like oh, you can't do that. Can you like we will push each other when we use these particular words and I'm curious if you if you have some. I don't know if you go to that level or not or. Yeah, yeah,

Tyrone Smith:

I mean, I remember my best friend Raj and the kid, I used to play I used to put quotes on my wall. When I was a high school which would be right these quotes. And when I made it to college, he was like man. I remember those quotes. I've always had this quote I wrote like in order to achieve I must read in order for me to achieve anything in life, I must believe in myself first and foremost, so I will look at this quote every day. I want to live this quote, you know, despite what others say if you're a part of me as a person, this was something that like motivated inspire me because I wasn't expecting to do so so you know as far as like encouragement affirmation being true and being determined those both those words yes I mean, I mean, don't say you can't resolve. Yeah, we'll say it never will happen. I mean it with everything I had to go through and overcoming regards to the to the what I've done, and I'm still not finished is still so much more that I want to do in life. Yeah. Yeah, that's great.

Unknown:

Let's talk a little bit about your book. Okay, outside of the home.

Tyrone Smith:

Yes. Yeah,

Thomas DeSchutter:

so, you know, I have not read your book, leading up to this. So, my bad. What somebody's going to take away from from reading outside doddle

Tyrone Smith:

what they would take away from outside the huddle is that each of us have a defined purpose but it's about you realizing knowing understanding and being true to your purpose in life. Once you want you to know what your purpose is. And basically outside the huddle is it's a it's a book with about eight practical principles where I talk about purpose plan process pitfall people practice progress and pause and then your life so I talked about these eight practical principles that I've applied in my life going back to a child, a child. Up to now, and I give them a life examples about how I've used these principles in my life. And at the end I challenged individuals let them know that they can use these same principles in their lives as well to succeed. And if they don't know I have a bit the two day writing journal companion, where you can put them as chart out your purpose your plan. The process in all these different things that you need to know about yourself to fulfill anything you feel you feel that you desire to do or want to do in life. And so it really is a book is easy, really, but it's going to challenge you, it's going to challenge you to take a deeper look at yourself in regards to where you are right now as a person. And what you need to do. Right. So, you know,

Thomas DeSchutter:

here's what I like some of the work that I do is what I find is sometimes people just aren't willing to do the work.

Tyrone Smith:

Now, We live in the microwave society everybody wanted now you don't mean, you can go to Walmart top target, buy anything you want, but you can't go to Walmart and Target, any other store and buy hardware dedication drive and commitment. And that's one of things I tell individually man you have to be willing to put the working in. And I think as I talked to me as I'm talking to myself as well I mean anything in life worth having takes work. Everybody wants the easy way. I mean I I cannot tell you, Tom of how many people. If I see one more person on social media say you can be a life coach and change the world change the world, with one worse. In two hours. If I see one more of those calls, I know many of those. Don't just say Oh, right. He's nearby all the time but the reality is man it's not that easy man. It's not that easy. It takes time and dedication, you know there's a method to it and I think you don't want to sell yourself short but so many people have not willing to put the time in. Yeah, it is sort of in the long run. Yeah, yeah and

Thomas DeSchutter:

and so there's that. And then the other thing I see, you know, and this. You know, this came years ago I was a musician I play drums I made some, you know, CDs and toured and live my dream and. Yeah.

Unknown:

And, and somewhere

Thomas DeSchutter:

along the way I lost. I lost something about that either I lost the desire or I lost the belief that it could be bigger than it ever got to. And so sometimes I also see that with people right as they just don't have the belief in themselves. Right.

Tyrone Smith:

They don't you know how can.

Thomas DeSchutter:

I'm not looking for an easy quick answer but you know what would you say like how can somebody start down the road of building up that self belief of beginning to trust that you know they have something in them that they want to get out. They're afraid, and, and, and I think that, you know, you're always going to have the fear, but if you have the belief in yourself, you can step over the fear. Right,

Tyrone Smith:

right, right. and that thing that really boil down to finding your purpose. What is it that you like to do and love to do, right, that you that you would do for free and I had to get paid for it. I mean what inspires you what moves you. What gives you that sense of passion in your life. And I think if people get to a point where they actually get out of their own way and figure out what that is and then find somebody they can connect with that can support them support them as a mentor, and as a guide, i mean i think that's that's one of the first areas that people need to think about. I remember when my stint with the Washington Redskins during playing the NFL 20 years, Washington Redskins. We had a study at the each practice and training account, and the title of the study was knowing your purpose. Tommy this one he said he said everybody might have a have a specific design purpose. Now mind you he's talking to a group of NFL players. He said guys you have a purpose beyond the NFL they mind you nobody more than hear that Thomas This is trying to count we're trying to make the team we're trying to stay paid, brother. You know what I mean, he's at the NFL. It's like a field trip. He said, What is your purpose beyond the game he said NFL is like a field trip he said, How many loads, this way access. He said how many you are loved on field trips, everybody raise your hand, they was keys and your key having that coming to you all of them if you're able to raise your hand if NFL is like a field trip. He said you can when you go on future what do you do you get up there more than you excited you pack your lunch all your goodies, go to school, you go on a field trip, a free day away from school. You're on a field trip you have fun you do your thing. He said, but you can't stay on the field trip, ever. He say what the vision is over what you do, you get back on the bus, you go to your home school you go home, catch the bus ride your bike home. He's in the NFL it's like a page of the NFL stands for. Not for long. You're not guaranteed to play for long. So you need to think about your purpose, beyond the game. What will you create it for beyond the game, and he said what inspires you what moves you in a year later, is when I got injured ahead of my unfortunate injury, where I can no longer play the game of football. And to think about what do I want to do. I knew I want to impact the lives of young people. I knew I wanted to create an organization that would be life changing. I knew I wanted to use my influence to make an impact in the world, and sort of a, what I'd be asked to write down what it was I wanted to do as individual I think individuals could just really sit down, be quiet unplugged. Get away from the noise get off social media, you know, I really just think about what do they want to do in life and what moves and inspires them based on their own individual talents and gifts. That's the first place you store. And I think once you realize that I think is about connecting with somebody that can be a mentor that can that can actually support you in their journey to make it What is your desire to do a reality.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah you know that's a thank you for that and that's a great point that the people around you because you know you've all you've illustrated this whole conversation about the people around you, uplifted you and allowed you to see things that you didn't see for yourself. Right.

Unknown:

And, you know,

Thomas DeSchutter:

I think if I would have one piece of advice for people is if you know if you're hanging out with people that are bringing you down, that are, you know, holding you back from your dreams. Get the hell away from the room. Run as fast as you can, and find people that will support you and see you for what you want to be seen as

Tyrone Smith:

real talk. Yeah,

Thomas DeSchutter:

huge, huge Can you tell us a little bit about about first and goal and maybe journey beyond dreams.

Tyrone Smith:

Yeah. So first I go, I guess it was organization we created my own 20 years ago and I say we have been an amazing team of people who really work with us in the journey of versus going in the mission of present go is providing necessary tools, resources and outlets for you to be thinking as a society so we do that through our mentoring programs through our leadership initiatives, through our general presentations, where we talk to students about academic excellence and academic motivation and being we have the college experience program where to take students on college campuses to do college tours and because professors to meet other students and administrators really just open up their mind about cosmic reality. And so when you think about First of all, it's really a vehicle to the change in nerd in my eyes and perspective of the young people that we work with me work from. We work with all students whether the gifted and talented students our average students. And so really it's a joy to be to do the work is truly a joy and a blessing to impact the lives of these young people. and for me to be a first generation college student to take a group of students to a palace campus to really open up their mind about any possible reality man is just like an awesome, awesome moment for me and those who want to serve and support me so I'm grateful and thankful man for the work that we do. It's been 20 years 20 years and we're pretty fast but there have been people along the way who really supported us in our journey my wife you know she's behind the scenes about, and she's been, you know, with us on day one as well as doing like organize everything administratively, and just really keeping me uplifted because you know you think about running the organization. Um, it's a great deal of work, but at the same time is fulfilling my purpose, and I really enjoy it. Hmm.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Beautiful. How can people, if they want is this. Can people donate to this is that what we're

Unknown:

gonna do yeah so

Thomas DeSchutter:

how can people do that if they want to. They can go

Tyrone Smith:

to our website they go to our website on T first or T am in our st ANDG ao ao.org, and there's a donate link at the top, and people can donate really allow us to just do a great deal of work in the communities that we serve. It was interesting when you think about like, when I think about donations I think about have so many families Thomas a need right now around the world is global pandemic. One of the schools that we actually serve one of the communities that we serve. They need they're asking for money to be donated so they can buy dance and dance for kids, but do all community work and when we serve over 300 students each year. They don't have adequate lighting in their homes. If you've never would have thought right now. I mean I have like I have like a relay here here in to back there. And now it all they weren't like two days one day slim adequate light so we're raising money to get adequate lighting for keys and these communities a household where they don't have adequate lighting, or the special needs these damn me when you think about not having adequate Wi Fi. I mean never buy them we take for granted but I'm thankful to be in a position man to be a voice for those who have their sports man to be to bring about awareness and support this for specific needs that they have. So yeah, anybody that's moving interest to do. They can go to our website and hit the donate button and it will be used appropriately.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Tyrone Smith, thank you so much for joining me today.

Tyrone Smith:

Man, bro. Thanks for having me on dude. I enjoyed it as well.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, it was great, I'd love to do this again down the road

Tyrone Smith:

Let's do it dude

Thomas DeSchutter:

and maybe share some more stories on the field.

Tyrone Smith:

I know man you're a natural to man you do well.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And thanks so much to you for joining in and listening to today's show. This is the Bloom living podcast. We hope you have yourself an amazing day. We look forward to having you join in again or maybe go back and listen to some of our previous episodes. And if you're so inclined, give us a shout out, give us a thumbs up, share it on social media, we'd really appreciate that. All the best. Stay blessed, namaste.