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Rob Gilbert

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Why Election Day Is Like Game 7 of the World Series

Anyone who thinks they’ve got the election won better beware. Anything can happen in Game 7 or an Election Day.

Two Things to Never Say to an Athlete

The words you say to your athletes will either help them or hurt them. Ask yourself: If you were a teenager and heard your words, would you understand them? Would you know what to do with them? Are they simple and clear?

Seeing the Impossible

Someone once said, “To do the impossible, you must first see the invisible.” Comedy star Jim Carrey used this idea to reach wealth and fame that seemed impossible for a young man who grew up in poverty. He once wrote himself a check for $10 million, envisioning a day when he would earn that amount […]

The Four-Letter Word That Creates Champions

No pain, no gain. You’ve heard it many times. But do you apply it to your own life? Katie Ledecky, 17-year-old swimming champion who looks very much like the next Olympic superstar, does. After smashing her own world record in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle over the weekend, Ledecky referred to what it takes to compete […]

How to Be Wildly Successful

My friend, mentor and co-author Rob Gilbert is being honored by his school today. Gilbert, a professor of sport psychology at Montclair State University, is receiving the Outstanding Education Practices Award. Gilbert’s life and teaching come down to four words: It is about others. He would rather hear your story than tell his. He’ll talk […]

In it or into it?

Do you know someone who is totally into what they’re doing? Tell us about it! Here’s why we want to know. The difference between in and into is the difference between greatness and mediocrity. You can be in school or into school. You can be in a sport or into a sport. You can be […]

World-Class Motivation

With the Olympics coming up, we soon will be seeing people whose skills are world-class. And most of us will be tempted to think that those people live in a different world from us. But that’s not true. In today’s world — especially in today’s economy — everyone needs high-level skills. And to acquire high-level […]

How Bad Do You Really Want It?

How bad do you really want it? Few questions will mean as much in your life as that one. Because the more you want something, the more likely you will get it. Great achievements begin with great passion. Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, once reported to training camp six weeks before required. He […]

When Discouragement Strikes

Friday marked the 18th birthday of “Success Hotline,” a daily motivational phone recording from Dr. Rob Gilbert. In those messages, which number more than 6,000, one stands out for me. Dr. Gilbert tells the story of a strongman who can bend an iron bar. At first the bar won’t move. That’s when things change. The […]

The Things You Say! (To Yourself)

My friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert recently asked callers to his daily motivational hotline to list the dumbest thing they’ve ever said to themselves. You can probably guess what was No.1 on the Hit Parade. “I can’t.” These are words you hear all the time. Say them in my gym and you’re automatically doing […]