On this episode I interview Fergus Connolly, author of Game Changer.
In his own words; Fergus owes everything to failure and making mistakes.
Where it began
He moved back from the US and took up playing Gaelic football in his teens (which is quite late to take up the sport). Because he wasn’t as good, he studied what other successful people were doing. He was always striving to get better and working with the best that he had available to him.
During our conversation, Fergus refers to what he does for a living as an interest, a hobby, a passion. A passion that he admits to being fortunate enough to get paid for doing.
You only have to hear him talk about using all of his free time and holiday time to go and visit coaches to understand how obsessively driven and dedicated he has been in his life to date.
Learning from others, Fergus has taken every opportunity to learn and found other coaches to be very welcoming along the way. This includes working with a number of different teams in a number of different sports. These include; Wales Rugby Union, Munster Rugby Football Club, The New York Knicks, Cleveland Browns, Warrington Wolves Rugby League, San Francisco 49ers and Cricket Australia.
In Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analysed, whether you’re a player or a coach.
Some wise words of wisdom from a humble Fergus;
I refuse to believe I’ve done anything extraordinary; I don’t believe I’m any better than anybody else.
Check out what Fergus is up to here
Order your copy of Game Changer here
Find out more about St Frances and the Apieta Fund which Fergus talked about here
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If you enjoyed this episode then you might also like;
Being at your best – episode 5 with Phil White (co-author of Game Changer)
Success leaves clues – episode 6 with Damian Hughes (has recently published the Barcelona Way)
Tune in next time to hear me talking to Sarah McKiernan; founder of Work life Balance Management.