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“Be about the transformation, not about the transaction…be empathetic and CARE.” With Ming Zhao & Jordan Lawley

Invest in your clients and they’ll invest in you…be about the transformation, not about the transaction…be empathetic and CARE As a part of our series about how successful “athlete turned entrepreneurs” thrive both professionally and personally, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jordan Lawley . Jordan Lawley was a four-year starter at UC San […]

Invest in your clients and they’ll invest in you…be about the transformation, not about the transaction…be empathetic and CARE


As a part of our series about how successful “athlete turned entrepreneurs” thrive both professionally and personally, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jordan Lawley .

Jordan Lawley was a four-year starter at UC San Diego, where he led his team to their first ever NCAA tournament berth. Upon finishing his collegiate career, Jordan played professional basketball in Mexico and New Zealand and was selected by Nike in 2014 as one of the top 16 players in the world to play in Barcelona, Spain for the Nike Summer is Serious II game. Now, as a professional skills trainer, he has found his stride with a training technique that is unrivalled in the industry and has travelled all over the U.S. to work with and train countless pros in the NBA, overseas (FIBA), WNBA as well as partner with McDonald’s for the B/R Chi 2020 event during All-Star Weekend to promote 2020 McDonald’s All American Games.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! It is a great honor. Our readers would love to learn more about your personal background. Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

Grew up in Northern California playing soccer, basketball and baseball competitively. Received scholarship offers in basketball and soccer…chose basketball at UCSD…hold a few scoring records at UCSD…played basketball professionally in New Zealand and Mexico after UCSD

What or who inspired you to pursue your career as a high level professional athlete?

Convenience and availability allowed me to play professionally…passion gave me the opportunity to pursue my career as a professional basketball trainer

Can you share the funniest or most interesting mistake that occurred to you in the course of your sports career? What lesson or take away did you learn from that?

While I was playing basketball in college, I would train clients on our school’s campus, and I was using our school logo and the fact that I currently played in the NCAA as a marketing catapult…this is a big “no-no” in the compliance world of collegiate sports…in the end, i had to make a donation to one of the charities that our school supported…my ignorance of the compliance rules almost made our team forfeit games…take away = there is a corporate/compliance world of business that exists too lol

Did you ever get a serious sports injury? Do you feel comfortable sharing that story? What was the lesson or take away that you took out of that incident?

I had brain surgery 10 months ago to remove a 4cm brain tumor. Left me permanently deaf in the right ear, and I had to relearn basic motor functions…uncommon situations happen to people with uncommon faith

As someone with a background in ‘wellness’ I’m interested in stories about interesting wellness experiences. Do you have a story about the weirdest or most humorous wellness experience, treatment, practice, or practitioner that you’ve ever partaken in? If you do, we’d love to hear it.

I watched DJ Sackmann go through a treatment in China from a gentleman that had about 1,000 volts of electricity coursing through his body…still trying to figure out what happened lol

OK, thank you for all of that. Let’s now shift to the core focus of our interview. Can you tell us the story of your transition from a professional athlete to a successful business person?

I didn’t like the business of playing basketball overseas…I loved the passion that I had for teaching others and helping them achieve their goals.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting new projects you are working on now?

Our Dr1ven basketball program in China. It’s a training platform that focuses on training coaches/trainers how to teach the game the right way, while also giving players a training platform to refine the necessary skills to succeed

Most athletes have not been able to transfer their success from the sports arena to the business arena. But you have. Can you share with our readers three main strategies you have used to help you succeed?

Invest in your clients and they’ll invest in you…be about the transformation, not about the transaction…be empathetic and CARE

In my work, I focus on how one can thrive in three areas, body, mind, and heart. I’d like to flesh this out with you. You are a very busy leader with a demanding schedule. Can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Laugh & Lift (workout)

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Pray & read the Word! (Bible)

Finally, can you share with us two routines that use to help your heart, your emotional or spiritual life to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Pray and Love (my family)

You’re a high achieving business leader, and you also have family and loved ones that may require a different side of you at home. How do you leave the executive at the door, and be the most loving family member at home?

Very difficult line to tow….give 100% of my attention when they give me 1% of their attention

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

Uncommon situations happen to people with uncommon faith. My brain tumor surgery

What are the best ways our readers can follow you on social media?

@jlawbball on Instagram, TikTok, And all social channels.

JordanLawley.com

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