There is time for writing your personal playbook with Gary Brackett, Indianapolis

March 3, 2022

Take an inventory of your life. If things aren’t adding up, it’s time to start subtracting.”

Gary Brackett has experienced extreme highs and lows in his life— from being a part of a Superbowl-winning NFL team to filing for bankruptcy and divorce.

In this episode, Gary shares how he learned just as much from failure as he has with success. Achieving what he thought he wanted—status and wealth—put things in perspective, forcing him to realize family and fulfillment are what really matter. Once Gary reset his priorities, he focused on being happy, giving back, and helping others achieve their goals.

How does he keep things in focus? By embracing the Zero Excuses mentality, staying disciplined, and being intentional about staying true to himself.

After You Listen:

Key Takeaways:

  • Strive for the things that fulfill you
  • Failure can make you more dangerous if you’re willing to learn from your mistakes
  • Don’t psych yourself out, things are always much worse in your head than in reality

Things to listen for:

[01:53] “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack”

[03:20] Leadership lessons from playing with the Colts

[04:33] Having a ‘day one’ mentality [08:04] Keeping your momentum even during dark times

[10:16] Going on the ‘hero’s journey’

[12:27] Gaining perspective on what really matters

[15:45] The Champ Framework

[20:11] Changing your mindset around the word ‘failure’

More from the Zero Excuses Podcast:

Episode 001: There is time to travel

Episode 002: There is time to not work

Episode 003: There is time to improve yourself

Episode 004: There is time to build the life you want

Episode 005: There is time for laughter

Episode 006: There is time for relationships

Episode 007: There is time for community

Episode 008: There is time for renewal

Episode 009: There is time for loving others

Episode 010: There is time for giving

Episode 011: There is time for the three B’s

Episode 012: There is time for learning

Episode 013: There is time for others

Episode 014: There is time for listening

Episode 015: There is time for action

Episode 016: There is time for reflection

Episode 017: There is time for Zero Excuses

Episode 018: There is time for change

Episode 019: There is time to plan

Episode 020: There is time to start difficult things

Episode 021: There is time to unplug

Episode 022: There is time to choose your perspective

Episode 023: There is time to reinvent yourself

Episode 024: There is time for everything important

Episode 025: There is time to excel

Episode 026: There is time to do the work

Episode 027: There is time for self-reflection

Episode 028: There is time for healthy living

Episode 029: There is time for whatever you want to do with it

Episode 030: There is time to create a listening culture

Episode 031: There is time to say yes

Episode 032: There is time to confront uncertainty

Episode 033: There is time for empathy

Episode 034: There is time to be bold

Episode 035: There is time for improv comedy 

Episode 036: There is time for investing in others

Episode 037: There is time to fit the puzzle pieces together

Episode 038: There is time to impact your community

Episode 042: There is time to reflect

Episode 044: There is time for meaningful connection

Episode 045: There is time to be of service

Episode 046: There is time for being intentional

Episode 047: There is time to find the silver lining