Rick Barry – President, Wingnut

Rick Barry is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member and is widely considered to be one of the greatest National Basketball Association (NBA) players of all time. For over 30 years, he proved to be an accomplished sports broadcaster, having covered a wide range of sports on both radio and television. He is also the two-time world champion in the Grand Champions Division, a one-time world champion in the Legends Division, and a one-time world champion in the Masters Division of the ReMax World Long Driving Championships. Rick is now involved in a myriad of businesses.

1. How do you define success?
Setting a goal and reaching that goal.

2. What is the key to success?
Confidence in your abilities.

3. Did you always know you would be successful?
Didn’t know for sure, but believed I would be.

4. When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
I look at the adversity as a challenge and commit to overcoming that adversity.

5. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
To always give your best effort and to never be afraid to fail.

6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Fly fishing.

7. What makes a great leader?
Someone who leads by example and shows that he cares about the people he leads.

8. What advice would you give to college students about entering the workforce?
Find a business you have a passion for and learn the fundamentals of that business so you can have a great foundation to build on. Then, give your best effort in all that you do and learn from your mistakes. Gain confidence in yourself and your abilities and you will succeed.

This interview is an excerpt from Success: 30 Interviews with Entrepreneurs & Executives by Jason Navallo.